Sharing Windows Journal Files

Jun 10, 2008 by

This is the first semester that I’ve offered to post the notes from class on the Blackboard course site. I’ve been writing the notes in Windows Journal, and I knew there was a “Windows Journal Viewer” but I didn’t realize how difficult it was to obtain the viewer. You have to have a copy of Windows on your computer and validate it to get the viewer software. Of course, that’s not going to help non-Windows users at all, plus it’s a bit much to put students through.


So, my first attempt at an alternate format was to print the Journal files to PDF. Above is the original first page of the file and below is the PDF … see the problem? (plus, it prints to pdf 90 degrees rotated)


Someone suggested that I try printing as a GIF file, but the closest option was to export as a TIFF. So I tried that next.


Umm… that didn’t work at all.

Are you starting to feel like Goldilocks yet?

Finally, I tried the only other export option I found in Windows Journal: mht or mhtml (a “web archive” file).


I thought this was my long-searched-for solution, but then I tried to open the mhtml files in alternte browsers and discovered you have to have a relatively current version of Internet Explorer to view the file. Here’s a link to the file. I’ve tried it in Firefox 2, Firefox 3, IE 5, and Safari, but it doesn’t open in any of those.

So, that’s pretty much what I’ve been trying to figure out all day… anyone else have a brilliant idea about a universally sharable format to export from Windows Journal?

Microsoft is not making me like them much today.

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5 Comments

  1. jgjbfamily

    Hi Maria,
    I just ran into this problem today…I’m looking forward to someone’s solution…for this semester I just printed to a pdf and told my students to go to view and then rotate…but I did not have the highlighting so my pdf looked o.k.

  2. mathfaery

    Hi Maria,
    I don’t have a solution for Microsoft Journal, but it looks like there is one for Microsoft OneNote. I use OneNote instead of Journal for a variety of reasons, one being that files are being saved as you create the files. A real lifesaver for those times in the middle of class when my hand accidentally hit the power button, and turned off the Tablet (at least twice last semester). I did have to wait for it to restart, but I could then pick up exactly where I left off. I also like the way OneNote allows me to organize my files.

    Anyway, I installed the Publish as PDF or XPS from the Microsoft Office 2007 site. Now when I publish as PDF from OneNote, the highlighted areas print correctly! Here is a screenshot of the integration by parts problem in OneNote

    And here is a screenshot of the
    PDF file

    The ruled lines do not print from OneNote, they are just guides for when you are writing.

    I hope this helps.
    Elizabeth (mathfaery at gmail dot com)

  3. Kenrick

    I think mathfaery’s solution is best, you could use the Print to OneNote feature and then from OneNote output to PDF.

    The problem seems to be with layering – if you put the highlight down first and then write on top of it, then it will show up OK in the PDF directly printed from Journal. Not a very practical solution though…

  4. I use Journal quite often and print to pdf without any issues.

    • busynessgirl

      Do you use the highlighting tools? It prints fine unless there are highlighting tools involved.

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