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Evernote – for your life's work

Evernote is the modern workspace that enables you to be your most productive. Whether you’re a freelance designer collecting sources of inspiration or are a part of a team of professionals who want to work together more efficiently, Evernote helps you achieve your goals.

Android phone with a sample note

 

Use Evernote to:

 

  • Write iconWrite new content – from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device

  • Collect iconCollect valuable information – web articles, handwritten notes, and photos to keep all the details in one place

  • Find iconFind everything – for your work quickly with Evernote’s powerful search

  • Present iconPresent your work – as it takes shape for better collaboration in meetings

Create, edit, and share notes in 3 steps:

Step 1Create a new note

 
Step 1: Create a note

To create a new text note:

  1. Select or tap the green new note plus sign ('+') button from any note or notebook list
  2. Tap Text from the new note pop-up menu
  3. Once the cursor appears in the 'Compose your note' field, type a few lines of text
  4. Tap the 'Note Title' field (or auto-generated title field) and type in a title for future reference

Note: To create other types of notes, such as audio recordings, scanned documents, or handwriting, tap the appropriate option from the new note pop-up menu (or tap and hold on any note to edit an existing note) and tap the plus ('+') button at the top of the screen).

Step 2Organize with notebooks

 
Step 2: Organize with notebooks

To organize notes into notebooks:

  1. After you've entered some content into the note, it is automatically saved to the default notebook that came with your account. To change the notebook, tap the notebook button located beneath the note title.
  2. Tap Done and select 'Notes' from the side navigation menu to see it appear in the notes list.

Step 3Share a note in Work Chat

 

Step 3: Share notes

To share an individual note in Work Chat:

  1. Open a note from the note list.
  2. Tap the Work Chat button (speech bubble with an arrow)
  3. Set the permission level to 'Can edit and invite', 'Can edit', or 'Can view'.
  4. Make sure there's at least one recipient, type a message, then click or tap Send.

Get Evernote on all your devices

Sync across all devices

Once you've logged in to Evernote on all your devices, using the same username and password, you can create and view notes from any device or web browser.

Get Evernote

Download EvernoteDownload/install on desktop computers and mobile devices

Download Web ClipperDownload the Evernote Web Clipper

 

Use the Web Clipper to save research, emails, news, and anything other digital content from the web or emails into Evernote. Once you've clipped something from the web, Web Clipper will suggest other related notes in Evernote.

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Learn how to use Evernote to write, collect, find, and present.

Write – compose and edit

The best way to start using Evernote is by using it to take notes. A note is just what it sounds like – any piece of information you want to save for later.

Write hero shot

Many ways to take notes

Use Evernote to create text notes, handwritten notes, or even audio notes. Some ideas to get you started:

  • Create audio notesType or record audio notes from any meeting
  • Create checklistsCreate a checklist with tasks you need to accomplish
  • Create handwritingUse your finger or stylus to take handwritten notes directly into Evernote
  • Create annotationAnnotate photos and PDFs for quick communication with teams working remotely in field offices or building sites.

 

1. Create notes

On your phone

Tap the green plus (+) button from any note list, notebook list, or tag list.

Note: Select one of the other new note options from the pop-up menu to specify other types of notes to create.

New note pop-up menu in Android

 

On your tablet

There are two ways to create a new note on tablets:

  • Tap the green plus (+) button when the navigation drawer is closed
  • Tap the green, text note button when the navigation drawer is open

 

Note: Select one of the other new note options from the pop-up menu to specify other types of notes to create.

 

Android tablet side menu closed

Android tablet side menu open

When navigation drawer is closed

When navigation drawer is opened

 

 

Add a note title

Once you've created a new note, tap the text field near the top of the screen, enter a short title, then tap Done. Giving a note a meaningful title makes it easier for you to browse and find notes later.

Note: You can give Evernote access to your device calendar if you want auto-generated note titles based on your calendar events.

2. Edit notes

You can edit notes that you've created yourself or that others have shared with you and have granted you 'Can edit' (or 'Can edit and invite') permissions to.

 

Edit Note button

To edit a note:

  1. Open the note you want to edit and tap the green pen button (or tap and hold down on the note from the note list) to start editing
  2. Tap Done to save your changes

Note: To delete a note, open the note and tap the options button (or tap and hold down on the selected note in the note list). Tap Delete from the options menu. Tap Ok, and the note will be moved to your 'Trash' notebook

 

Explore the text formatting tools

 

Anroid formatting tools hero image

 

Use the text formatting tools to make simple changes to the text:

  1. Text style tools: Bold, italicize, and underscore text
  2. List tools: Create checklists, bulleted lists, and numbered lists
  3. Highlighting tool: Highlight the selected text

Note: The undo and redo tools move backwards and forward through the note's list of most recent formatting changes.

 

 

Edit text styles and formats

 

Android formatting button

To edit text styles and formats:

1. Tap the text formatting options button (letter 'A' with three lines)

 

Android formatting tools

 

2. Select some text to edit

3. Select a tool from the text formatting toolbar to apply to the selected text

3. Organize notes into notebooks

Organize your notes so they'll be easier to find. Start by saving notes to the default notebook that came with your account, or create your own. You can organize notes however you want to – by project, product, department, client, or quarter, for example.

By default, your notes are all saved to the default notebook named after your account name. To change the notebook you want to save to, tap the notebook button located beneath the title of the note you're editing.

 

Rename your default notebook

You can also rename your default notebook. Many find it useful to rename it 'Inbox' or 'To file', or whatever makes the most sense to you. This default notebook is where you can keep all your notes until you have time to reorganize them.

 

To rename a notebook:

  1. Open your notebook list
  2. Press and hold down on the notebook you'd like to rename
  3. Tap Rename notebook....

 

Create notebooks

 

Create a new notebook

 

To create a new notebook:

  1. Slide navigation drawer out from the left edge of the screen and tap Notebooks
  2. Click the notebook with a plus sign from the top of the screen. People with Business accounts can choose either ‘Personal Notebook’ or ‘Business Notebook.’
  3. Give your new notebook a title so you can easily find it later.
  4. Tap OK.

More tips on how to organize notebooks

More about creating notes and notebooks

4. Share notes and collaborate using Work Chat

Share notes and collaborate using Work Chat

To invite others to edit a note using Work Chat:

  1. Select a note from the note list.
  2. Tap the Work Chat (speech bubble with an arrow) button
  3. Set the permission level to 'Can edit and invite', 'Can edit', or 'Can view'.
  4. Make sure there's at least one recipient, type a message, then click or tap Send.

More about using Work Chat to share notes

More tips

To get more out of Evernote, explore the following tips:

  • Checklists: Use checklists to manage tasks
    More about checklists
  • Use Reminders to manage tasks: Use Reminders to keep track of notes that contain time-sensitive information, and receive alerts for upcoming tasks and events.
    More about using Reminders
  • Handwriting: Add handwritten notes directly into Evernote
    More about Handwriting
  • Annotating images and PDFs: Clarify and solicit feedback by annotating images and PDFs with lines, shapes, arrows for clarification and collaboration
    More about Annotation
  • Install the Evernote Widget: Create notes directly from your Android home screen, even when locked.
  • Organize related notebooks into stacks: Stacks are a great way to organize related groups of notebooks. They are only visible to you and cannot be shared.
    More about notebook stacks

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Collect different types of content into notes.

Collect – capture and save

Use Evernote to capture many different types of content all in one note, including web content; images, documents, and PDFs; emails; and citations from partnering digital content providers (Premium and Business only).

Collecting info into Evernote for Android

You can save pretty much any type of content in a note. Here are some ideas to get you started:

 

Save web pages to Evernote

As you browse the web, clip pages to Evernote directly from your device by selecting the share button from your options menu.

 

Forward emails to Evernote

Save emails to Evernote

Forward emails from any email application into your Evernote account using an email address specifically generated for you to save emails to Evernote.

 

Add attachments button

Add pictures and files to any note

  • Add photos captured from cameraSnap photos of a whiteboard or Post-it ® Notes from a brainstorm session. Scan legal documents, receipts, and handwritten pages from Evernote notebooks by Moleskine.
  • Add photos from galleryAdd any pictures from your device photo gallery.
  • Add attachmentsAttach Microsoft Office documents or PDF files

Share notebooks and invite others to add content

Share notebooks in Work Chat

To share a notebook and invite others to add or edit content using Work Chat:

  1. Open your list of notebooks and find the notebook you want to share.
  2. Select the options button (three dots) beside the notebook name and tap Share.
  3. Select one or more recipients, select an existing chat group, or enter at least one email address
  4. Set the permission level to 'Can edit and invite' or 'Can edit', add an optional note, then tap Send.

More about sharing notebooks using Work Chat

More tips

Explore the following tips for other ways to save content into Evernote:

  • Scan business cards: Use your device camera to snap photos of business cards, extract contact details from the card, and match with LinkedIn profiles.
    More about scanning business cards
  • Moleskine notebooks: Scan pages from the Evernote Notebooks by Moleskine.
    More about the Evernote Moleskine Notebooks
  • Suggestions for related content (Premium and Business only): Enable the Context feature to surface relevant information from your own account or your team's (Evernote Business) account. Enable Expertise Discovery and find others in your company who may know more about the content your working on.
    More about collecting related content
  • Scan documents: Use the Scannable app to scan any piece of paper from handwritten notes, sales receipts, or full-sized paper documents.
    More about Scannable
  • Clip web pages from your mobile device: Save web content to Evernote from any Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch device.
    More about clipping web pages from a mobile device
  • Web Clipper browser extension for desktop computers: Save sections and entire pages clipped from the web from any desktop computer
    More about the Web Clipper

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Now that you've created some notes, you'll want to be able to easily find notes when you need them.

Find – notes when you need them

Find notes hero shot

 

All notes in Evernote are searchable, making them easy to find when you need them. Evernote can even search for typed and handwritten text inside attached images and PDFs.

What can I search for?

Search notes and notebooks in my own account for:

  • Keywords or tags
  • Contact information from scanned business cards
  • Pieces of paper with handwritten or typed text
  • Text in attached documents and PDFs

How to search for notes and notebooks

 

Android search button

 

  • Search for notes in your Evernote account: Tap the Search icon, located near the top of the screen, then enter keywords and terms in the search field.
  • Search for notebooks in your Evernote account: Select 'Notebooks' from the side navigation menu and enter your search terms in the 'Find a notebook' field located above your notebook list.
  • Search for notebooks in your company's Evernote Business account (Evernote Business only): Select 'All Business Notebooks' near the bottom of the notebook list to display all the notebooks you have access to.

 

Other ways to find notes quickly

  • Search suggestions: The search feature in Evernote automatically lists recent searches, saved searches, and suggest tags and notebooks as you are typing based on the terms you enter in the search field.
  • Filters: To narrow down the scope of your search, filter by notebook, creation or update date, and even geographical location where the note was created.

 

More about searching notes and notebooks

 

More tips

More ways to find what you are looking for in Evernote:

  • Saved searches: Save search terms and filters you use frequently as Shortcuts for quick access.
    More about saved searches
  • Shortcuts: Create and save links to notes, notebooks, and frequently searched tags or terms
    More about creating Shortcuts for quick access to notes
  • Advanced searches: Use special search terms for more detailed searches. Frequently used combinations of these search terms can be saved and reused.
    More about advanced search syntax
  • Manual syncing: Syncing manually is helpful when you want immediate access to content created on a different device, such as your desktop computer.
    • To sync your Evernote account at any time by tapping the Sync button on the side navigation menu. To change your sync settings, tap your account name from the side navigation menu, and select Sync to edit options.
  • Expertise Discovery Search (Evernote Business only): Find others in your company who may know more about the topic you're working on.
    More about Expertise Search
  • Document & PDF Search (Premium Feature): Evernote Premium and Evernote Business subscribers may also search for typed and handwritten text inside scanned PDF documents (Microsoft Office, and iWork; Spreadsheets (Microsoft Office, and iWork);and Presentations (Microsoft Office, and iWork)

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Evernote makes your notes easy to present your work to others in a meeting.

Present – your work to others

Present notes on desktop clients

When you're in a group setting or at a meeting, you can use Presentation Mode to share your notes on the big screen. Just open Evernote on your desktop computer or iOS device, view the note you want to present, and click on Presentation Mode.

Notes you've previously worked on on your Android device can now be easily viewed by everyone at your meeting.

More tips

More ways to make the most out of presentations in Evernote:

Use line breaks to organize your presentation: The Layout Editor tray is useful for organizing your notes to display as little or as much as you want on the screen at a time.
More about using Presentation Mode to present notes

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See all the tips from this guide in one place.

Tips and Resources

Here is a list of all the tips highlighted in this guide of ways you can get more out of Evernote:

 

Write iconWrite notes

Collect iconCollect notes

  • Scan business cards: Use your device camera to snap photos of business cards, extract contact details from the card, and match with LinkedIn profiles.
    More about scanning business cards
  • Moleskine notebooks: Scan pages from the Evernote Notebooks by Moleskine.
    More about the Evernote Moleskine Notebooks
  • Suggestions for related content (Premium and Business only): Enable the Context feature to surface relevant information from your own account or your team's (Evernote Business) account. Enable Expertise Discovery and find others in your company who may know more about the content your working on.
    More about collecting related content
  • Scan documents: Use the Scannable app to scan any piece of paper from handwritten notes, sales receipts, or full-sized paper documents.
    More about Scannable
  • Clip web pages from your mobile device: Save web content to Evernote from any Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch device.
    More about clipping web pages from a mobile device
  • Web Clipper browser extension for desktop computers: Save sections and entire pages clipped from the web from any desktop computer
    More about the Web Clipper

 

Find iconFind notes

  • Saved searches: Save search terms and filters you use frequently as Shortcuts for quick access.
    More about saved searches
  • Shortcuts: Create and save links to notes, notebooks, and frequently searched tags or terms
    More about creating Shortcuts for quick access to notes
  • Advanced searches: Use special search terms for more detailed searches. Frequently used combinations of these search terms can be saved and reused.
    More about advanced search syntax
  • Manual syncing: Syncing manually is helpful when you want immediate access to content created on a different device, such as your desktop computer.
    • To sync your Evernote account at any time by tapping the Sync button on the side navigation menu. To change your sync settings, tap your account name from the side navigation menu, and select Sync to edit options.
  • Expertise Discovery Search (Evernote Business only): Find others in your company who may know more about the topic you're working on.
    More about Expertise Search
  • Document & PDF Search (Premium Feature): Evernote Premium and Evernote Business subscribers may also search for typed and handwritten text inside scanned PDF documents (Microsoft Office, and iWork; Spreadsheets (Microsoft Office, and iWork);and Presentations (Microsoft Office, and iWork)

 

Present iconPresent notes