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I think I want to go paperless, or at least have a copy of all my paper stuff on my PC. Now I'm quite open to any way possible, but I'm not sure how to do this, or which software to use. I have thought about 3 different ways, but none seem great:

  • Using Google Drive and putting everything into folders. This has the advantage, that I don't need any other software. Also, thanks to Syncing I would have it on my phone and PC, and could easily add new documents from Notebloc. But that's about it, and I would have to rely on grouping together similar documents in folders, and names to find things. Not horrible, but maybe I can do better?

  • OneNote. I already use it for some things, but it has really weird drawbacks. Not to mention the sync issues, aka taking really long to sync a small change. I assume I would create one page per receipt or dokument/Group of related documents? To be honest, it doesn't feel like it was designed for this, but I guess it works for me. But it does have some more drawbacks:

    First off, the mobile version sucks. I can't move pages around in a book, or manage sections. I tried importing my documents by making a document section in my book, and then having a Page for Receipts, and all receipts are subpages of this. And after that is a Page for my first Documents. Turns out, on the Android version, I have to scroll all the way past ALL my receipts, because it doesn't seem to be collapsable. It seems like a workaround would be to create a dedicated notebook for my documents, then a section for the receipts. But because collapsing already exists on desktop, it doesn't seem to me like something I should have to do.

    And, what might be an even bigger issue: OCR doesn't work. To make it work, I have to launch the old version of OneNote, even though I currently use the UWP one, and set the image as searchable there. Why??

  • Evernote. I have tried it once as a replacement for Google Keep, Wunderlist, and notetaking in OneNote. It didn't work out for any of this, at least not for me. But maybe this is the purpose I can use it for?

Anyways, if you have a good alternative for OneNote, or know how to fix my issues with it, please tell me!

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I found a way that works for me and is free.

I use an app called Notebloc to scan documents and then share them to OneNote. Drawbacks are that I can only do 10 pictures at a time, but that's alright. The scans look really good. In OneNote, I have a Notebook called Papers and then a section for Dokuments, one for Receipts, and one for Other things. The OCR needs a while to work (about 20 minutes after pasting), and while I still think it should be locally doable, after the time has passed searching works surpsigingly well.

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