How to find notes using Descriptive Search

Evernote's search is great at helping you find your notes. With Descriptive Search, you can use common terms and phrases to find notes the way you remember them, for example, by date (when you created it), by place (where it was created), by device (what device you used), or even by documents (which files were attached to it).

Note: Descriptive Search is currently available for English users on Evernote for Mac.

For example, to find your vegetarian recipes, simply type a phrase such as:

 

How it works

Type your phrase in the search bar, then select an option from the suggested searches in the drop-down list displayed below the Search box.

Descriptive Search makes suggestions based on the actual contents of your Evernote account, such as notebooks, content of your notes, tags, and devices.

Examples

Search:

'notebook project with pdfs'

Results:

All the notes in Project notebook with PDFs attached

Search:

'web clips created last month' or 'web clips last month'

Results:

Every web page clipped this month

 

Search:

'notes from japan' or 'in japan'

Results:

All the notes created while in Japan

Search for:

'notes from phone with audio' or 'phone with audio'

Results:

All the notes created on a phone that have an attached audio file or recording

Available filters

 

FILTER

EXAMPLES

Dates

"notes created yesterday", "updated since last year"

Apps

"created in Penultimate", "from Skitch", "Post-it® Notes"

Places

"from San Francisco," "notes created in London", "in Japan", "from Beijing", "from California"

Documents

"notes with Office Documents", "notes with Excel spreadsheets", "with attachments"

Images

"notes with photos", "jpeg", "with images", "with pictures"

Audio

"notes with audio", "mp3", "wav"

Devices

"mobile", "scanner", "iPhone", "Android"

Web Sources

"web clips", "clipped from web"

Type of Content

"recipes", "business cards", "email"

Notebooks

"Cooking Diary", "Clients", "Team Meetings", "Recipes", Receipts"

Tags

"favorites", "approved", "news", "to do", "lodging"

 

Tip

You can easily edit your Descriptive Search query by adding or deleting terms or using pull-down menus.

 

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