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I am new to Microsoft OneNote.  The nice thing is that it is fairly easy to learn.  But I am having trouble tracking down how to do something very important to me--or whether it even is possible.

When I'm taking notes, I tend to create "To-Do"s as I go, and just tag them right there in the notes, so they're pretty scattered across many pages and many tabs.

I'd like to later be able to find all the To-Dos in a single list, be it within OneNote or another application.  Some sources seem to say you can find them in your task list in Outlook (I don't currently use Outlook, but would be open to using it just for this feature).  I've tried adding my Microsoft account to Outlook, but it doesn't seem to work.

If anyone's had any success in compiling their To-Dos into a list (not manually), I'd appreciate any tips you can offer!
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You can tag things in OneNote, for example with "To Do" (shortcut Ctrl+1).  You can then find tags - that's on the Home ribbon on OneNote from Office 2013 at least - which will list all the tagged text in a pane on the righthand side of the window.  Then at the bottom of that pane, there is a "Create Summary Page" button, which appears to copy all the tagged entries to another page.  (If you're using other tags, then you'd have to delete the ones you don't want.)  The Summary Page contains copies of the tagged lines, not links to them, so you end up with duplicates if you hit the button twice, but the entries are linked back to the original and you can follow that link with a right-click menu entry.

That's a blind alley, however.  Instead, you need to use the Outlook Tasks flag in the Home ribbon.  There you can turn things directly into your Outlook ToDo list - the pulldown gives you options of when the task should be completed.  (The shortcuts for these are Ctrl+Shift+1 for Today, 2 for Tomorrow, etc.)  That's the answer to your question.  I can't check, but I suspect this may be Office 2013 functionality, so might not be in other versions.
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Thank you for your help.  I also found some info about getting a list of all To-Dos from this blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/onenotetips/archive/2008/05/07/note-tags.aspx and especially the comments section, since the "View" functionality has changed.  This, and the Summary Page you suggested, are what I was hoping for.  Thanks Tony!
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