For a while, we were emailing and texting to coordinate all this. That got out of control quickly, so I started using OneNote, my favorite Office web app, to get us organized.
I made a shared OneNote notebook to track our menus. There’s a page for my main dish and a page for friends to add what they plan to bring. Because the notebook is shared, everyone can see who’s bringing what, avoiding an all pie, no salad mishap.
My favorite part is that my friends with iPhones see the same notebook on their phones, making a last minute pick up simple.
Here’s how you can create your own shared notebook on SkyDrive that will also sync with iPhone.
Add your friends to your Hotmail contact list
1. Sign in to your Hotmail account.
2. In the left pane, click Contacts and enter the email address for each person you want to share the notebook with.
Share a folder
1. At the top of the Windows Live home page, click SkyDrive.
2. Choose a folder that you’re comfortable sharing, or create a new folder.
3. Select the folder and make sure that you see the options on the right side of the page.
4. Under Sharing, click Share.
5. Choose how you want to share the folder, for example by email or with a link.
Create a OneNote notebook
1. In the left pane, under SkyDrive, click Files and open the folder you just created.
2. Click the OneNote icon to create the new shared notebook.
3. Name the notebook and add the sections and pages you want. The people you’re sharing with can open and edit the notebook by following the link they received.
If you’re an organizer like me, you’ll love what you can do with OneNote.
It takes a few minutes to get everything set up, but makes group planning for anything a lot simpler.
By the way, we just released OneNote 1.3 for iOS, which includes some new and improved features, including a version for the iPad. For more information, see the OneNote blog on Office.com.
- Mona, Office for Mac writer