A remedy for annotating academic literature in Microsoft’s OneNote

OneNote offers an ideal way to consume academic literature with its draw-on-screen feature. Nonetheless, people sometimes eschew the product due to problems that arise as a result of the way OneNote embeds PDFs into its pages, as images, rather than document pages. Problems occur when a touchscreen user inadvertently moves the page image. If annotations have been added over the top of the image, they do not move with the document. You can imagine the problems this creates.

Today, I discovered a feature that will prevent this from happening. The “Set Picture as Background” function. The software renders the picture as a background image, which is to say a “wallpaper,” if you will. This eliminates the problem of the moving image. Now you can annotate away over a surface that happens to have your document painted over it with no fear that the image will move.

Below are the instructions from the Microsoft website:

Via https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Set-printouts-in-the-background-of-a-OneNote-page-7a148270-c0d7-4fb1-aad7-3a902f4d4527

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