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Remember Everything.

Welcome! Evernote is the easy and powerful way to remember everything, from lifelong memories and vital information to daily reminders and to-do lists.

Everything you store in your Evernote account is automatically synced across all of your devices, making it easy to capture, browse, search and edit your notes everywhere you have Evernote, including smartphones, tablets, computers and on the Web.

This guide will introduce you to the basics of using Evernote, including how to create, organize, sync, search and share notes.

Create Your Evernote Account

Evernote offers two account types: Free accounts and Evernote Premium accounts.

Don't have an Evernote account? Create a Free account now!

Free Account
Anyone can create an Evernote account for free. Free accounts include the core Evernote features covered in this Getting Started Guide and more.

Evernote Premium
Evernote Premium offers many great additional features that let you get more out of Evernote, and is available for a monthly or yearly subscription. To learn more about everything that Evernote Premium has to offer, check out our Evernote Premium page.

Get Evernote for All Your Devices

Evernote is available for just about every device and platform, including smartphones, computers and on the Web, making it easy to remember everything and access it anytime, anywhere.

To download Evernote, visit the Evernote product page.

Evernote is available for all of the following:

Mobile

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch
  • Windows Phone
  • Windows 8 (Touch)
  • Android
  • BlackBerry
  • WebOS

Desktop

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Desktop

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Get started by learning about the Home Screen.

Navigate Your Account

The Note List, which displays a horizontally scrollable list of all the notes in your Evernote account, is the first thing you will be shown when you launch Evernote Touch for Windows 8. From here, you can open existing notes, as well as create notes and perform other account actions from the App Bar. In Evernote Touch for Windows 8 you may also use the Nav Bar navigate to the Note List, Notebook List, and use the Charm Bar to search your Evernote account, view your account settings, and share your notes.

Windows 8 navigation
  1. Nav Bar: Tap the icons here to navigate to the Notebook List or Tags List. The Nav Bar is always available in Evernote Touch for Windows 8 by swiping from the top or bottom edge of the screen.
  2. App Bar: Tap the icons to sort the Note List, manually sync your Evernote account, snap a photo for a new note, or create a new blank note. The App Bar is available anytime you are viewing the Note List
  3. Charm Bar: Tap the icons to search your Evernote account, view your account settings, and share notes. The Charm Bar is available anytime

Using Windows 8 Navigation

  • To open the Nav Bar and App Bar, swipe from the top or bottom edge of the screen toward the center of the screen. The App Bar is only available while you are viewing the Note List.
  • To open the Charm Bar, swipe from the right edge of the screen toward the center of the screen.

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Time to create your first note!

Create and Edit a Note

An Evernote note can capture just about anything, including text, images, files, audio, Web Clips and more. All notes are searchable, making them easy to find when you need them. Evernote even searches for typed and handwritten text inside attached images.

Please be aware that Evernote Touch for Windows 8 currently only supports plain text editing. Editing rich text (e.g. bolded and italicized text, bulleted lists, checklists, etc.) is not possible at this time, but will be soon. You may, however, add additional text to rich text notes with Evernote Touch for Windows 8. Any text additions will be appended to the bottom of the note.

Creating a New Note

Once created, your note will automatically be saved to Evernote and synced across all your devices.

A Note

To create a new note, do the following:

  1. In the Nav Bar, tap the All Notes iconAll Notes icon. The Note List will be displayed
  2. Swipe from the top or bottom edge of the screen toward to the center of the screen to open the black App Bar
  3. Tap the New Note iconNew Note icon to create a blank note, or the New Photo iconNew Photo icon to snap a photo for a new note
  4. To enter text, tap the Edit iconEdit icon in the upper-right corner of the Note Editor, then tap into the text area of a note. Evernote on Windows 8 currently only supports plain text.
  5. Tap the Checkmark iconCheckmark icon when you are done

Editing a Note

Editing your notes is fast and easy with Evernote Touch for Windows 8.

A Note

To edit the contents of a note, do the following:

  1. Tap the note you want to edit in the Note List to display its contents in the Note Editor
  2. Tap the Edit iconEdit icon in the upper-right corner of the Note Editor
  3. Tap anywhere in the body of the note to make edits. Evernote on Windows 8 currently only supports plain text, so your new text will be appended to the bottom of any existing rich text or images in the note.
  4. Tap the Checkmark iconCheckmark icon when you are done

Create a Note from Another Application

Some of your Windows 8 applications can send data and media between each other. As you're browsing a webpage, looking at an image, or using your other favorite applications, you may use Windows 8's Share menu to instantly create a new note in Evernote using that content.

Sharing Menu

To clip a website URL from Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Windows 8 Internet Explorer
  2. Browse to a web page
  3. Swipe open the Charm Bar and select Share
  4. Select Evernote
  5. Select Share to create a new note storing that URL

To save a map image and location:

  1. Open Windows 8 Map
  2. Browse to a location
  3. Swipe open the Charm Bar and select Share
  4. Select Evernote

This same Share process works in many other applications. Try it out in your favorites.

Deleting a Note

To delete a note, do the following:

  1. Tap and tug on the note you want to delete. The App Bar will be displayed
  2. Tap the Delete icon at the left end of the App Bar. A confirmation dialog will be displayed
  3. Tap Delete. The note will be moved to your Trash Notebook

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Now that you have a note, let's sync it so that it's available across all your devices

Sync Your Evernote Account

sync image

Sync ensures that everything in your Evernote account is always available to view, edit and search everywhere you have Evernote, including smartphones, tablets, computers and on the Web.

Automatic Sync

Your Evernote account is automatically synced across all of your devices whenever you make a change to your Evernote account, including creating, editing or deleting a note, creating or editing a notebook, and creating or editing a tag.

Manual Sync

You can sync your Evernote account manually at any time by doing the following:

  1. Navigate to the Note List
  2. Open the App Bar
  3. Tap the Sync iconSync icon. Syncing manually is helpful when you want to immediately access content created on a different device, such as your computer.

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Evernote makes your notes easy to browse. Let's take a look at the different ways available

Browse Your Notes

You may browse notes easily by note, notebook, or tag by opening the Nav Bar at any time and tapping the All Notes icon, Notebooks or Tags icon.

All Note iconAll Notes

To browse all the notes in your Evernote account, open the Nav Bar and tap the All Notes icon. The Note List will be displayed.

Note List

To browse your notes, swipe horizontally to scroll through the Note List.

Notebooks iconNotebooks

To browse all the notebooks in your Evernote account, open the Nav Bar and tap the Notebooks icon. The Notebook List will be displayed. To view all the notes in a notebook, tap it.

Notebook List
  • Private notebooks will display the notebook name and the number of notes it contains
  • Shared Notebooks will looks similar to your private notebooks, but also display the Shared Notebooks iconShared Notebook icon and the Shared Notebook owner's Evernote username. If you are the owner of a Shared Notebook, only the Shared Notebook icon will be displayed
  • Notebook Stacks will look similar to notebooks, but will also display the expand arrow to the left of the Notebook Stack name

Tags iconTags

To browse all the tags in your Evernote account, open the Nav Bar and tap the Tags icon. The Tags List will be displayed.

Tags List

To view all the notes associated with a tag, tap it. Select a tag by touching it and tugging downwards. When one tag is selected, other tags associated with that one will become highlighted. You may also tap and tug on multiple tags to select them, then tap any of the selected tags to display only notes that are associated with all of the selected tags.

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There's lots of ways to organize your notes to make them easier to browse and search.

Organize Your Notes

Evernote gives you many ways to keep your notes organized, so that you can browse, search and remember in the way that works best for you.

Notebooks

Notebooks are the most common way of organizing notes in Evernote, and are commonly used to separate notes by category, location or purpose. For example, you might create one notebook called 'Work Notes' and one called 'Personal Notes' to keep these types of notes separate and easier to find.

All Evernote accounts have one default notebook that is automatically created when the account is created.

Shared Notebooks can also be used to selectively allow others to see and edit the contents of your notebooks.

Creating a New Notebook
To create a new notebook, do the following:

  1. Open the Nav Bar, and tap the Notebooks iconNotebooks icon. The Notebook List will be displayed
  2. Tap the New Notebook iconNew Notebook icon in the lower-right corner of the screen
  3. Enter a name for your new notebook and tap Create. You can add notes to your new notebook immediately

Adding Notes to a Notebook
By default, all new notes will be saved to your Evernote account's default notebook. To learn more about creating notes in a specific notebook, go to Create & Edit a Note.

To add notes to a notebook, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the note you want to move, then tap to open it. The note will displayed in the Note Editor
  2. Tap the name of the current notebook at the top of the left sidebar. A list of all the notebooks in your Evernote account will be displayed Notebooks menu
  3. Tap the notebook you want to move the note to. Evernote will automatically save and sync the change

Deleting a Notebook
Please note that when a notebook is deleted, all the notes it contains will be moved to the Trash Notebook.

To delete a notebook, do the following:

  1. Open the Nav Bar, and tap the Notebooks iconNotebooks icon. The Notebook List will be displayed
  2. Tap and tug on the notebook you want to delete to select it. The Edit iconEdit icon will appear in the lower-left corner of the screen
  3. Tap the Edit icon
  4. Tap Delete. A confirmation dialog will be displayed
  5. Tap Delete. The notebook will be deleted and any notes in it will be moved to the Trash Notebook

Tags

Tags are an optional way to associate keywords to notes and improve searchability. One or more tags can be added when a note is created or at a later time. Common uses for tags include associating notes with categories, memories or locations.

To view all of the tags used in your Evernote account, open the Nav Bar and tap the Tags iconTags icon to open the Tags List

Tagging a Note
To add a tag to a note, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the note you want to tag, then tap to open it, or create a new note
  2. Tap the current list of associated tags at the bottom of the left sidebar. If no tags are currently associated with the note, tap where it says Tap to Add Tags. A list of all the tags in your Evernote account will be displayed Tags menu
  3. Tap the tag(s) you want to add to the note. Evernote will automatically save and sync the change. You may also enter the name of a new tag and it will be created

Creating a New Tag
To create a new tag, do the following:

  1. Open the Nav Bar, and tap the Tags iconTags icon. The Tags List will be displayed
  2. Tap the Create Tag iconCreate Tag icon. The Create Tag dialog will be displayed Create Tag dialog
  3. Tap the Save button. The new tag will be displayed in the Tag List.

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Check out how Evernote's powerful search makes it easy to find your notes

Search Your Notes

Everything in Evernote is searchable, including the contents of notes, tags and attachments. Evernote even searches for typed and handwritten text inside attached images.

Search field

To search your Evernote account, do the following:

  1. Swipe from the right edge of the screen toward the center of the screen to open the Windows 8 Charm Bar
  2. Tap Search charmSearch at the top of the Charm Bar
  3. Tap the search field and enter keywords, tags, locations and more. You can search for just about any information contained in your notes
  4. Tap the Search iconSearch icon. Your search results will be displayed in the Note List

PDF Search (Evernote Premium Feature)

Evernote Premium and Evernote Business subscribers may also search for typed and handwritten text inside attached scanned PDFs.

Learn more about other great features of Evernote Premium and Evernote Business.

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Now let's look at all the ways you can share memories captured in Evernote

Share Your Notes

Evernote is more than a tool for remembering everything, it's also great for sharing the information and memories you capture with others, as well as collaborating.

Share Notes

To share a note, do the following:

  1. Create a new note or select an existing one from the Note List
  2. Swipe from the right edge of the screen toward the center of the screen to open the Windows 8 Charm Bar
  3. Tap Search charmShare. The Windows 8 Share Menu will be displayed
  4. You will see a list of all Windows 8 applications you have installed that allow Evernote to send notes. Select Mail to email the note to a recipient, or choose any other target application.

Shared Notebooks

Shared Notebooks let you share your notebooks and the notes they contain with anyone, whether they are an Evernote user or not.

With Evernote Touch for Windows 8 you can view your Shared Notebooks, as well as your Joined Notebooks that other Evernote users have shared with you. These notebooks will display the Shared Notebook iconShared Notebook icon in the Notebook List. Joined Notebooks will also display the Evernote username of the Shared Notebook's owner.

At this time, Evernote Touch for Windows 8 does not support creating or managing Shared Notebooks. To learn how to share and manage Shared Notebooks with Evernote for other platforms, check out our other User Guides at our Evernote product page.

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Want to keep your Evernote account even more secure? Enable 2-step verification.

2-Step Verification

2-Step Verification is an optional feature that increases the security of your Evernote account, and helps ensure that any access to your account is authorized by you. If your username and password are ever stolen or compromised, 2-step verification will make it nearly impossible for another person to access your account.

Even if you choose not to use 2-step verification, you can be confident that your Evernote account is private, safe and secure. At Evernote, we treat the privacy and security of our users as our top priority. 2-step verification is simply an additional, completely optional security measure that we offer to our users who wish to use it.

Who Should Use 2-Step Verification?

2-step verification is an optional service that adds extra security to your Evernote account; however, it may not be right for everyone. If, for example, you keep sensitive personal documents and information or other data that you wish to keep as secure as possible stored in your account, then we encourage you to take advantage of this feature. If you are a more casual user of Evernote, however, the additional steps involved in accessing your account using 2-step verification may not be desirable.

We encourage you to read the information on this page regarding the enabling and use of 2-step verification, then decide whether or not to use this feature based on what makes the most sense for your individual use of the Evernote service. You may also contact our support team at any time to answer any question about choosing, enabling, or using 2-step verification.

How Does 2-Step Verification Work?

2-step verification requires you to provide a unique verification code in addition to your username and password the first time you log into your Evernote account with any device, including your computer, smartphone, tablet, and via the web. This process verifies that the device is authorized to access your account. After you've done this just once, Evernote will only require your username and password to log in with that device in the future.

There are two ways to generate verification codes: via text message to your cell phone, or by using a verification code generating app on your mobile device, such as Google Authenticator. For more information on the pros and cons of each of these delivery methods, please see 'Using 2-Step Verification' below.

What are the Minimum Requirements for Using 2-Step Verification?

To enable and use 2-step verification for your Evernote account, you will need the folowing:

  • A mobile device that is either capable of receiving text messages or that has a data plan. This will be used to receive/generate verification codes.
  • Internet access to set-up 2-step verification via the Evernote web client.

Important: Please ensure that the time is set accurately on your mobile device. Authentication codes are time-sensitive, so the time on your mobile device must be accurate for your authentication codes to be accepted by the Evernote service.

How Do I Enable 2-Step Verification?

2-Step Verification can be enabled and disabled by accessing the security settings for your account in Evernote via the web.

For complete instructions, please visit the 'Enable 2-Step Verification' section of the Evernote Web User Guide

Using 2-Step Verification

Once 2-step verification has been enabled for your Evernote account, you will be required to provide a verification code when you log in to your Evernote account with any device for the first time.

To log in to your 2-step verification enabled Evernote account, do the following:

  1. Log in to your Evernote account on any device as you normally would with your username and password.
  2. The Evernote service will send a new verification code to your mobile device by default, unless you have enabled the use of Google Authenticator to generate authentication codes.
  3. When prompted, enter the verification code. Evernote will remember your device, and only require your username and password for future log in attempts.

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There are lots of ways to get more out of Evernote. Let's take a look at a few of them.

Get More Out of Evernote

There's lots of ways to get more out of Evernote, from clipping websites directly into your Evernote account, to the increased benefits of Evernote Premium, to exploring the entire Evernote Family of Products and more.

Web Clipper iconEvernote Web Clipper

The Evernote Web Clipper is a feature you install into your computer's internet browser to quickly save text, images, and full Web pages directly to your Evernote account. Notes created using the Web Clipper are automatically searchable and include the URL address they were clipped from. Learn more and download Evernote Web Clipper.

Evernote Trunk iconEvernote Trunk

Over 15,000 developers worldwide are working to create and improve a wide variety of 3rd party apps, services, and products that help users get more out of Evernote. The Evernote Trunk is where users can browse these offerings, which include hardware, software, Evernote merchandise and more. To discover new apps and services that help you get more out of Evernote, take a look through the Evernote Trunk.

Evernote iconEvernote Premium

Evernote Premium offers increased storage, more features and improved functionality, so that you can get more out of Evernote. Some of the benefits of an Evernote Premium subscription include:

  • Increased monthly upload allowance: Upload 1GB of data per month to your Evernote account
  • Top priority support: Get answers to your questions even faster
  • Editable Shared Notebooks: Allow others to edit the contents of your Shared Notebooks
  • Searchable PDF Attachments: Search inside your scanned PDF documents
  • Note History: View previous versions of notes

Monthly payment and annual payment subscriptions are available. To subscribe or learn more about the benefits and features of Evernote Premium, check out our Evernote Premium Page or from the Evernote Touch for Windows 8 app, swipe from the right edge of the screen toward the center of the screen to open the Charm Bar, tap Settings, then tap the Upgrade to Evernote Premium link.

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