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Chapter 6. Working with Note Files > Optimizing Sections to Save Space and Impr...

Optimizing Sections to Save Space and Improve Performance

Given the freeform nature of OneNote, sometimes you can end up with a large amount of empty space. For example, if you're writing or typing to the edge of a page, you can click the Page Extension button at the bottom right corner of the OneNote page to add another page of space. Once you do that, however, your OneNote file size grows. If you change your mind and don't end up using that space, you've just added unneeded size to your OneNote .one file. OneNote can reclaim that space through a process called optimization.

By default, OneNote optimizes your files when there is 15% of the total section space unused. This might be an entire new page you created but never modified, or a page you extended but never used. You can change this percentage threshold through the Options dialog previously shown in Figure 6.3. Increasing the percentage to 25% or 50% will prevent OneNote from optimizing as frequently. Generally, unless you find OneNote is optimizing all the time and eating battery life on your laptop or Tablet PC, it's best to leave the default percentage of 15%. Optimizing does cause your computer's processor to work a little harder, so it might cause a very slight drain on your battery if your computer is running on battery power.


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