Printing to OneNote and Windows 7 64bit

Microsoft OneNote is my tool of choice when it comes to capturing my thoughts in digital format. For years I ran around with a European sized A5 notepad, jotting everything down that came to my mind. About five years ago, though, I decided to go “paperless”, I switched to OneNote and never looked back.

One of the nice features was “Print to OneNote”, which allowed me to capture pages from other applications in OneNote. So, for example, I collect all of my online purchase receipts in OneNote using this feature rather than printing them out and wasting paper.

So, I was quite disappointed when it turned out that this “Print to OneNote” feature does not work on my new Windows 7 64 bit machine, because it is a 32 bit driver. Fortunately, though, there is a workaround. Not as elegant as the original driver, but it works. You use the “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” to print to a folder called “XPS Print to OneNote Drop Folder” which is automatically placed on your Desktop. This triggers the driver to convert the .xps file to OneNote.

Here is the download.

Ideally Microsoft would publish a 64 bit driver, but I am not going to hold my breath.