I’ve been using Evernote since November 2009, so you’d think I ‘d know how to use it by now.
You’d think that, but I swear I recently spent a good ten seconds staring at the Evernote Windows toolbar, trying to find the button to add a new note. Try to quickly spot the button to add a new note, without reading the text:
If you cheated and read the text you can probably saw it immediately, largely because it says “New Note” right next to it.
But I was scanning the icons, and the “New Note” icon didn’t jump out at me. In fact my eyes were drawn to the one icon that screams “Add something” to me. Can you guess which one it is? (hint, the one with the big “+”).
It turns out I only ever use the toolbar for two things: for syncing, and creating new notes. Everything else, such as sharing, I do by right-clicking on a note.
My solution: If you right-click the toolbar, and select “Customize toolbar”, then you can drag all the items you never use off the toolbar. You can also take away the text labels.
This is my new simple toolbar:
The icon still doesn’t say “Add Note” to me, but since I’ve only got a choice between that button and the sync button, I’m pleased to report I create new notes without hesitation.
You can do this with both the Windows and Mac clients.
Next up: How I use Evernote Tags
This is the feature that I wish all Evernote users knew about. It adds so much power because it lets you to send stuff to Evernote from pretty much anywhere, from any app.
Almost all apps support sending their content via email, and all Evernote users have a secret email address associated with their Evernote account. Anything sent to your secret Evernote account email address gets added created as a new note in your Evernote account.
To see what your email address is, go to Tools|Account Info:
I’ve created a “toevernote” email contact with my secret Evernote account email address in my Email client. Whenever I’m reading something interesting on my iPad, I share it to email, and select “toevernote”. Within seconds, whatever I was reading pops up in my Evernote account.
If you have someone working with you and they are doing research for you, you can give them this email address, and tell them to send all their research there, so that it will all go to your Evernote account. If you accidentally disclose the email address to someone you don’t trust, then using the web client, you can reset the email address to something new
Try it out – its the best way to send content to your Evernote account from anywhere.