OneNote has a Send To OneNote tool which can be helpful but also adds an icon to your TaskBar. I don’t use it enough (especially on my desktop PC) to always have the Send To OneNote tool running and pinned to my TaskBar, so I like to turn it off. Whenever I install a new instance of Office, it always takes me forever to figure out how to stop the Send To OneNote tool from running in the TaskBar when OneNote starts up.
To stop the Send To OneNote tool from showing in the TaskBar, click on the Send To OneNote icon in the TaskBar to bring up the tool:
And then just uncheck the “Start with OneNote” option at the bottom of the window… that’s it!
It seems like this should be pretty easy to find but this is not the first time I could not figure it out quickly (yes, I install my OS and Office multiple times a year).
What makes this confusing is I run Windows Server usually for development and the Send To OneNote tool, which clearly shows in the taskbar icon in Windows 8.1, does not show in Windows Server (at least with the default display options running through remote desktop).
Under Windows 8.1 you can see the “Start with OneNote” checkbox in the thumbnail:
Under Windows Server you just get the generic thumbnail icon:
Important: Some articles say you can turn off the Send To OneNote tool by unchecking the “Place OneNote icon in the notification area of the taskbar”. While this is true and if you uncheck that option you will no longer have the Send To OneNote tool, you then also lose the quick keys such as Windows+Shift+S to grab a screen clipping. I use the OneNote screen clipping key combination so much that I can’t do without it so turning off the OneNote icon is not acceptable.