How to Import PowerPoints and Set Up OneNote for Effective Note-Taking

Hey, readers!

I was asked via my Instagram page to do a tutorial on how I set up my OneNote for PT school. So, I bring you…my OneNote set-up for PT school!

I use OneNote every day for class lectures, research meeting notes, blog planning, life organization, and more.

Let’s jump right into it:


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First Column:

Everything that I’ll be using OneNote for goes in the left-hand column. That includes courses and all other interests.

Second Column:

I then divide each course by exam period. If there’s just one final exam at the end of the semester and no midterm exams throughout, I divide the course up into weeks or overarching categories. Sometimes, I will add categories into this column to differentiate between individual and team assignments.

Third Column:

All of my notes for the relevant category go here! These are more loosely organized- simply put in a chronological list.


To protect the privacy of my professors’ PowerPoints, I created a blank “Notes” page here as a sample:

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OneNote has a great note-taking feature that allows you to pull in your class PowerPoints as a series of pictures. Then, you can take additional notes and highlight information directly on the picture.

To do this, you simply:

  1. Open up your PowerPoint file
  2. Click on File
  3. Scroll down to Export –> as a PDF
  4. Go back to OneNote
  5. Click Insert –> PDF Printout
  6. Select your exported PDF file

Your PowerPoint should then show up in your OneNote. There are even times where I can command+F (or CTRL+F on a PC) and find key words within the imported PDF after it has been inserted (but beware…this doesn’t work every time).

The process should look something like this:

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What do you use to take notes in class? Let me know in the comments down below.

Good luck!

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