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Daniel Escapa blogged earlier today about a new add-in for OneNote called InstantNavigator. Instant Navigator lets you search for words and characters in the titles of your note pages, sections, section groups, and notebooks.

I like the idea of this add-in a lot. The site for the tool says InstantNavigator is designed to help you stop looking for where your notes are and instead think about what they are. That's not an idea that has been put out before. When you use the search box in OneNote, it lets you search for the content of your notes, but if the name of the section or notebook isn't on one of the pages of notes, it won't find the section itself. InstantNavigator is an attempt to change that. It allows you to search for terms in the names of the notes instead of the notes themselves. I see it working hand in glove with the search box.

For the most part, I like the tool. It is clean, clear, and easy to use. I did find a small hiccup in the tool while running it - I can expand the width of the results box, but if I expand the length of the box, it doesn't extend the length of visible results. Also, I think that the button needs a better name than "Go". Aside from those two quibbles, I think that this is going to be one of the more used tools in my OneNote arsenal.

To help you become more familiar with the tool, I recorded a short Jing to show you how it works. Excuse the frog in the throat during the recording, it is allergy season here in AZ.


Click here to view the screencast Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 8:06 PM OneNote | Back to top

Comments on this post: InstantNavigator

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Thanks for bloggint shi!
Left by Daniel Escapa on May 12, 2008 10:46 PM

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The child has grown a bit, GUI is more accurate; there is a new global key shortcut - "Windwows+G", so you can go to your notes from anywere, not only from running OneNote instance; also all those annoying bugs which you have detected are fixed.

Also the homepage is changed, now it's

Looking forward for new interesting experience regarding to this tool!

Artem Larin,
Left by Artem Larin on May 15, 2008 12:18 PM

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Thanks for the update Artem. I have updated the link in the article to point to your new site. I will download the new version and update the rest of the post soon!
Left by Kathy Jacobs on May 15, 2008 12:38 PM

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Kathy, new version of InstantNavigator became a 30-day trial. But there is a free personal license for you as a user who greatly improved this tool by review and brilliant ideas. Please sent me a letter to so I can send you the license.
Left by Artem Larin on Jun 30, 2008 2:00 PM

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Great feature demo thanks
Left by scoobie on Dec 11, 2008 1:06 PM

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