At the moment I’m working in an area of the Government that doesn’t allow me to bring in any recording and/or transmitting devices (such as my phone, tablet or laptop). I am also blocked from using many common (to me) websites, such as my Google applications or even Evernote.
I use Evernote extensively – to clip websites, take notes, jot down ideas, the list goes on – and being without it on a daily basis is challenging the way I work.
Whilst I can’t retrieve information from Evernote, I can still add information to Evernote throughout the day.
How?? Through the email functionality built into Evernote.
What do you need?
- Your Evernote email address (it looks something like this email@example.com and can be found in your Account settings).
- Access to an email client like Outlook or GMail.
- As long as it takes to type your email.
- Open your email client.
- Type in your Evernote email address.
- Put in a subject – this will become the Note Title. The email (note) will go to your default Notebook without any tags but you can easily change that:
- To send the note to a particular Notebook type @notebookname after the subject.
- To send the note with particular tags type #tagname after the subject. You can add as many tags as you like.
- If you want to send the note to a particular Notebook with certain tags put the subject first, then @notebookname, then #tagname.
- Type in the body of the email. This will become the content of your note.
- On completion send the email.
How you know it has worked
The next time you open Evernote, once it has synced, you will see your email (note) in either the default Notebook or the particular Notebook you sent it to with the tags you assigned to it.
Things to watch out for
- If you add a @notebookname that doesn’t exist in your Evernote then the note will be sent to the default Notebook
- If you add a #tagname that doesn’t exist then that tag won’t be created. You’ll just see the #tagname in your note’s subject.
- You can include bullet points and numbering in your emails as well as basic formatting but there is no way to create checklists through this method.
If you send another email with the same subject title (and same @notebookname) to Evernote, then these additional emails will be appended to your original note. This is very handy if you’ve got a To-Do list in a note for example that you’d like to add details to via email, rather than creating a new note for every time.
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