Saturday, January 17, 2015

Searching In Evernote

One of the best features of Evernote is Evernote's searching capabilities!  You should be able to find anything in Evernote no matter what notebook you placed it in.  There are so many ways to search that this will have to be broken down into smaller posts.

The search box in Evernote is in the top menu bar.


Clicking on Notes in the side bar will allow you to search all of your notes.



If I wanted to search in my RESEARCH notebook for the surname of Everitt my search would look like notebook:RESEARCH + tag:Everitt.  


To search a notebook that includes two words it would look like notebook:"BEST PRACTICES" + tag:CITATIONS and this would give me all notes in the BEST PRACTICES notebook tagged with CITATIONS.


To search for all notes that are tagged you would use tag:* and for notes that are untagged -tag:*
Right now I have a saved search for untagged notes so that I can easily find notes that need to be tagged.

To search for notes that include check boxes you would use todo:false for unchecked and todo:true for checked.  You can also search for both unchecked and checked with todo:*

You can search your note titles using intitle:Thomas and this would give you all notes with Thomas in the title.  If you want to search a specific notebook for a note with a certain title you would use notebook:RESEARCH + intitle:Thomas


If you want to do an overall search in Evernote that will check for body, title, and tag attributes you can search for the keyword.  Make sure if it is more than one word you are searching for you use "My keyword"  The keyword that you are searching for will be highlighted within each note.  Evernote Premium users get the added benefit of Evernote searching PDF files for your keyword.


 A recap: 

To Find   

Search Syntax

To search within a notebooknotebook:GENEALOGY
To search for a tagtag:EVERITT
To search GENEALOGY for the Everitt surnamenotebook:GENEALOGY + tag:EVERITT
To find all tagged notestag:*
To find all untagged notes-tag:*
To find all notes with unchecked boxestodo:false
To find all notes with checked boxestodo:true
To find all notes with either checker or uncheckedtodo:*
To search for keywords in note titlesintitle:Thomas
To search all notes for a keywordEvernote

If you have any questions about searching in Evernote leave me a comment here or you can email me at sthomas51004@gmail.com.

Part 2 of Searching In Evernote will cover searching dates, saving searches, and some keyboard shortcuts.









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