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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.

Evernote Touch 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—from any synced desktop or laptop computer for better collaboration in meetings


Create a new note in 3 steps:

Step 1Create a new note

Step 1: Create a note

From the home screen, tap the new note button (new note with a plus sign) from the list of 'Create' new note options.

Step 2Enter some text

Step 2: Enter text

To enter text, tap anywhere in the text area of a note and start typing.

Step 3Rename your note


Step 3: Rename your note

Give your new note a name so it's easier to find later. Your note is saved to the default notebook that came with your account.

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 on your desktop computer


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.


Take a quick tour of the home screen and find out how to navigate the app.

The home screen

The home screen


The Evernote home screen is the first screen you'll see once you've launched Evernote Touch. Swipe left and right with your finger to scroll through the entire screen.

From the home screen, you can:

  • Create new notes
  • Access shortcuts
  • Browse through your Evernote notes, notebooks, and tags


You can access the home screen from any notes, notebooks, or tags list screen. Simply, swipe down from the top edge of the screen to open the Navigation bar, then tap Home.

Evernote Touch navigation


Navigational components


Three main navigational components:

1. Navigation bar

  • Access: Swipe down from the top edge, or up from the bottom edge of the screen, to access application-specific navigational shortcuts.
  • Options: Tap buttons to display the 'Home' screen, the 'Shortcuts' screen, the 'All Notes' list, the 'Notebooks' list, or the the 'Tags' list.
  • Availability: The Navigation bar is available whenever the notes, notebook, or tags list screens are open.


2. App bar

  • Access: Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to access context-sensitive actions.
  • Options: Tap actions relevant to the screen displayed. Tap formatting options when editing a note, for example. Tap 'Sync' to manually sync your Evernote account from the 'Home' screen.
  • Availability: The App bar is always available in Evernote and displays different options depending on which screen you're on.


3. Charm bar

Charm bar
  • Access: Swipe left from the right edge of the screen to access standard Windows touch actions.
  • Options: Tap shortcuts to search for content on your device, share Evernote notes, and view your Evernote account settings.
  • Availability: The Charm bar is available from any screen.



Time to create some notes!

Take notes

Evernote Touch with sample note

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

Create new notes


Create a new note


From the 'Create' section on the home screen 'Create', tap one of the following buttons to quickly create a new note:

  • Create blank noteNew note: Tap the new note button (note paper with a plus sign) to create a new, blank note for you to add text, images, audio recordings, or any other file(s) you'd like to attach to it.

  • Create photo notePhoto(s): Tap the camera button to snap a photo with your device camera and save it as a new note.

  • Create note with attachmentAttached files(s): Tap the paperclip, and select a document, image, or audio file to attach to a new note.

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

Edit notes


To edit the contents of a note, tap anywhere in the body of a note, then add and edit text, and change the way it looks.

Edit note


Change the format and layout


To change the text size, color, style, or layout, select some text, then tap the appropriate tool on the formatting toolbar. From this toolbar, you can also tap the paperclip to attach images or files to a note, or tap the microphone to add audio recordings.

Any edits you make are automatically saved to your Evernote account on the next sync. If the Windows on-screen keyboard is displayed, you'll need to hide it once you're finished editing.


Create reminders or shortcuts to a note


To set an alarm to notify you about a note with time-sensitive information, tap +Add Reminder from the side menu on an opened note to set a date and time to be alerted.

To create a shortcut to an opened note, tap Add Shortcut from the side menu. Once added, they'll appear on the home screen.


Save content from other apps into Evernote


Edit note


Some Windows apps make it easy to for you to save content to Evernote so that as you're browsing the web, viewing images, or exploring other applications, you can save content instantly to Evernote as a note.


To save the URL of website from Internet Explorer:

  1. Tap to launch Internet Explorer from the Start screen

  2. Browse to a web page

  3. Swipe open the Charm bar and select Share

  4. Select Evernote to save the URL of the web page in a new note


To save a map image and location:

  1. Tap to launch the Map application from the Start screen

  2. Browse to a map location

  3. Swipe open the Charm bar and tap Share

  4. Select Evernote

Delete notes


To delete a currently opened note:

Open the note, swipe open the App bar, and tap Delete. When prompted, tap Delete to confirm note deletion. The note will be moved to your ‘Trash’ notebook in Evernote.


To delete a note from the notes list:

  1. Swipe to open the Navigation bar, and tap All Notes to display the notes list.
  2. Tap and tug on the note you want to delete to select it.
  3. Tap Delete, located in the lower-left corner of the screen. When prompted to confirm deletion, tap Delete. The note will be deleted and moved to the ‘Trash’ notebook in Evernote.



Let's take a look at the different ways Evernote lets you browse your content.

Browse notes

There are three different ways to browse your Evernote content—notes list view, notebooks list view, and tags list view.


All notes buttonNotes list


View all notes

To browse through all your notes, swipe to open the Navigation bar and tap All Notes.

The notes list will be displayed. Swipe left and right to scroll through your notes.

View all notes


Tap on a note to view it. Attachments in Evernote Touch are conveniently displayed on a separate panel on the screen. Drag the screen divider to convert the screen back to the single-pane view.

View attachments

All notebooks buttonNotebooks list


View all notebooks

To browse through all your notebooks, swipe to open the Navigation bar and tap Notebooks.


Each notebook displays a name, the number of notes it contains, and an optional people icon to indicate when it's a shared notebook. Tap a notebook to view all the notes in it.

View attachments


The notebooks list displays all your notebooks, your notebooks (personal notebooks), and those that belong to your company or team account (business notebooks).

This list consists of:

  • Personal notebooks that are private to you and that you've shared with others
  • Business notebooks private to you and the the company account admin and those you've shared with other colleagues who belong to the company account.


Notebook types


Different types of notebooks:

  • Personal notebooks: Notebooks that belong to your Evernote account and appear as a gray colored box.

  • Business notebooks: Notebooks that belong to your company’s Evernote account and appear in an aqua blue colored box. These include business notebooks you’ve created or that others in your company have shared with you, or have published to (made accessible to everyone who belongs to) your company’s Evernote account.

  • Shared notebooks: Personal or business notebooks either you have shared or that others have shared with you, and are marked a small 'shared notebook' icon (depicting a group of three individuals) and the shared notebook owner's Evernote username. If you happen to be the owner of a shared notebook, only the shared notebook icon is displayed, and not your username.

  • Notebook stacks: Look similar to other personal notebooks, but appear above a list of notebooks that are positioned slightly to the right when the stack is expanded. Stacks can be used to organize both personal and business notebooks, but can’t be shared with others. Tap the expand and collapse to switch between the two notebook list views.

All tags buttonTags list


View all notebooks

To browse all your Evernote tags as a list, swipe to open the Navigation bar and tap Tags.


Select a tag, by touching and tugging it downwards, to view all the notes associated with that tag.

View all tags


Touch and tug downwards on multiple tags to display all the notes associated with those selected tags.

All shortcuts buttonShortcuts list


One of the quickest ways to view your notes is to create shortcuts. One tap takes you to a specified note, notebook, or all the notes related to a specified tag.


View all shortcuts

To view all the shortcuts you've created, swipe to open the Navigation bar and tap Shortcut or find them on your home screen.


View all shortcuts


Organize your notes with notebooks and tags so they're easier to find later.

Organize notes

The key to organizing your notes is to use notebooks and tags. Use the method, or a combination of two, that best fits the way you work.

Organize with notebooks


Assign notebooks

Notebooks are the most common way of organizing notes in Evernote, and are often used to sort 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 come with one default notebook that is automatically created when the account is created.


Create a new notebook

To create a new notebook, do the following:

  1. Swipe to open the Navigation bar, and tap Notebooks. The notebook list will be displayed.

  2. Tap New Notebook 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.


Move notes to another notebook

By default, all new notes will be saved to your Evernote account's default notebook. Move notes to different notebooks and organize them in a way that works best for you.


How to assign notebooks

To move notes to another 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.
  3. Tap the notebook you want to move the note to. Evernote will automatically save and sync the change.


Delete 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. Swipe to open the Navigation bar, and tap Notebooks. The notebook list will be displayed.
  2. Tap and tug on the notebook you want to delete to select it.
  3. Tap the Edit, located in the lower-left corner of the screen
  4. Tap Delete.
  5. Tap Delete when prompted, to confirm notebook deletion. The notebook will be deleted and any notes in it will be moved to the ‘Trash’ notebook in Evernote.

Organize with tags


How to assign 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 Navigation bar and tap the Tags to open the Tags list.


Add tags to a note


How to add tags


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 list of currently associated tags located at the bottom of the left sidebar. If no tags are currently associated with the note, tap Tap to Add Tags. A list of all the tags in your Evernote account will be displayed.
  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 to create it.


Create a new tag


Create new tag


To create a new tag, do the following:

  1. Swipe to open the Navigation bar, and tap Tags. The Tags list will be displayed
  2. Tap Create Tag and enter a keyword to use as a tag.
  3. Tap Create to save the the new tag to the tags list.


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

Find what you need


Search results screen


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


To find notes in your Evernote account, do the following:

  1. From the home screen (or any of the notes, notebooks, or tags list screens) simply enter keywords, tags, locations into the search field at the top-right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap the Search key on your on-screen keyboard. 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.


Share your work with others.

Share your work

Evernote is more than your workspace, it's a collaboration tool. Share meeting notes or a notebook with design ideas or meeting notes with the rest of your team. For shared notebooks, you can determine varying access and edit levels.


Share Notes


Share notes with Charm bar


To share a note, do the following:

  1. Open the note you’d like to share.
  2. Swipe to open the Windows Charm bar.
  3. Tap Share to display the Windows 'Share' Menu options.
  4. You will see a list of all installed Windows apps that Evernote can send notes to. Select Mail (or another other application) to email the note to a recipient.

Share notebooks


Share notebooks


Share your notebooks (and the notes they contain) with anyone, whether they use Evernote or not.


With Evernote Touch you can view your shared notebooks, as well as your joined notebooks (that other Evernote users have shared with you). Shared notebooks will display the shared notebook icon in the notebook list. Joined notebooks will also display the shared notebook icon and the Evernote username of the shared notebook's owner.


To share or manage sharing for any notebooks you own, or are authorized to share:

  1. Open the Navigation bar, and tap Notebooks. The notebook list will be displayed.

  2. Tap and tug on the notebook to select it.

  3. Tap Edit, located in the lower-left corner of the screen.

  4. Tap Manage Sharing.

    Never shared: If this is a personal notebook you’ve never shared, you’ll have the option of sharing it with others, or publishing it as a public link for others to view it.

    Already shared: If this notebook has already been shared, you can invite additional people to view your notebook. You can also change permission levels for each person you’ve shared the notebook with, and (if it’s a business notebook you own), you can tap Publish to share a business notebook with everyone who is part of your company’s (or team’s) Evernote account.

  5. Tap Done.



Now that you've had an overview of the basics, take a look at the 'Tips and Resources' for more ideas.

Tips and resources


Create shortcuts to notes and notebooks


Create shortcuts

To create a shortcut that can be accessed from the Home screen to any note, notebook, set of notes associated with a particular tag:

  1. Go to the notes, notebooks, or tags list view.
  2. Tap and tug on a note, notebook, or tag to select it.
  3. Tap Edit, located in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  4. Tap Add Shortcut.



Manage your account settings


Manage your account settings

To access your account information, tap your account name at the top of the screen to slide out the 'Account Info' panel.

From the Account Info panel, you can:

  • View your account username
  • View your account level
  • Manage billing
  • Check your current upload usage
  • Choose whether or not to show upgrade options on the Home screen (Hub Page)
  • Sign out of your account



Check out these additional resources to make the most of Evernote:

Technical Support

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Evernote User Forums

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Evernote Blog

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