We’re very proud to introduce version 1.0 of the Forte Labs OneNote Resource Guide. It is a public, shared notebook containing videos, tutorials, add-ons, technical and reference information, and other resources. The notebook was created with Microsoft OneNote and is designed to allow anyone to quickly learn the ins and outs of the popular digital note-taking program.

Click here to view the Resource Guide

Watch the video below for instructions on how to view the shared notebook and, if you’d like, save it to your own account. Keep reading below to find out why we created it.

Why we created it

Our mission is to enable everyone in the world to build a “second brain” – an external, centralized, digital repository for the things they learn. This starts with digital note-taking apps, which we believe are the category of software best-suited to this endeavor.  

While Evernote was the first official note-taking app we supported, the Building a Second Brain (BASB) methodology doesn’t require any specific app to work. As long as it meets most of the essential requirements, any software program can do the job.

We are beginning to do more live workshops and corporate trainings, and we’ve learned that not everyone has total freedom to use any tool they want. Especially in institutions (from schools and libraries to nonprofits and companies), many people don’t have the ability to install new programs, or work under strict regulatory or privacy rules, or simply don’t want to use something different than their colleagues.

For that reason, we’re going to be developing resources on how to use a range of the most popular note-taking apps out there, starting with Microsoft’s official note-taking app OneNote. OneNote is installed on many millions of machines around the world, either by itself or as part of the Office productivity suite. It is free to download and use indefinitely, available on a wide variety of devices, and well-supported by an active development team.

We believe that OneNote represents one of the most accessible and widespread opportunities to give everyone the chance to build a second brain of their own. We hope this Resource Guide helps you adopt digital note-taking as an essential part of your productivity, no matter which particular program you use.


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