Evernote is the leading note taking and organizational application designed to keep your life organized and productive in your business and personal life. In this post I’ll share with you every feature that you have available to you in a Note.
The best way I know to learn a tool or application is just to use it and use it often. Let’s get started learning everything about the Note.
I am going to be talking about features available on my desktop computer. I am running Mac OS 10.12.6 (Sierra) and Evernote Business for Mac version 6.12 Beta 2. So, you may not have every feature on your device. I’d recommend updating to the latest version that you can. If you don’t have Evernote yet, sign up here.
Inside the note window you can move the note around to other notebooks in the notebook chooser.
If you have any tags that you want to apply you can do it inside the note window. Combining Notes and Tags can help you create a project management tool for your work
If you need to take action on anything within the note at a later date, you can set a reminder. Reminders show up as a notification on your desktop, an email, or a notification within Evernote.
If you need to show the contents of the note as you would a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, clicking the presentation icon converts the note so that you can create slides out of the note, as well as open up a “laser pointer” feature.
Annotation of Images
You can add any file you want to a note for storage and for working on later. If the file is an image, you can add text, callouts, arrows, lines, and other annotations to the file. You can even redact and obscure information on the image so people can’t see personal information or sensitive data.
Clicking the Information icon gives you a window to view information about the note, from date created, location the note was created, sync status, and note history. Note history is a premium feature that allows you to go back to previous versions of your notes if you need to.
If you want to delete the note, click the trash can icon.
Within the note, you can make changes to the text of the note in the following ways:
- Font Style – choose a serif or sans-serif font for your note
- Font size – make the font size bigger or smaller
- Bold – change the text from a regular weight to a bold weight.
- Italicize – change the text to italics to emphasize words and phrases
- Underline – change the text to have an underline to also emphasize text or titles.
- Color – your notes don’t always have to be black or white
- Highlight – add highlights to your text where you want them.
If you are a developer or coder, you may find this feature really useful. Instead of using Git hub or online repositories of code, you can keep your code in a note in Evernote, and share the code with others within your team or company.
Notes will often have lists and you can format your text to be:
- Ordered lists (1, 2, 3,…)
- Unordered lists (bullet points)
- Checklists – Checklists are really popular because you can check things off as you do them, like a grocery list.
Your paragraphs of text or images can be aligned left, right, or center.
Evernote recently updated the way you can insert tables into a note. You still select the number of rows and columns, but now you can format the table to mimic an Excel spreadsheet by formatting the cell background color, cell or column width, and content alignment.
If you’d like to capture audio, click the microphone icon, then the red record button. You could record meetings, lectures, interviews, sounds, etc. The audio is added to the note as a .wav file.
You can use your computer’s webcam to take a picture. While it does take a great picture, you do have to flip the image. The image is added to the note.
Attach a File
Any file can be added to a note in Evernote. In a Mac you can just drag the file into the body of the note and it’s attached, but you can also attach the file to a note with the paperclip icon.
You can also attach any file or document you have in Google Drive. I’m not quite sure about how this feature helps, but I would assume that if you work in Google docs using Sheets, Docs, or Slides you can add them to Evernote to help work through processes and collaboration outside of the Google Drive ecosystem.
The Evernote Note is a robust tool to organize and add information to a note with a range of features from text, files, audio, and tables.
Question: What features do you like about the Note? Which do you think are underutilized? You can leave a comment by clicking here.