Creating Notes in Evernote
There is simply no way for me to cover every bell and whistle that Evernote provides, so you’re going to have to do some exploring on your own. At the end of the chapter I’ll point you to some videos and tutorials that can really get you trained up in Evernote, but before moving on to Chapter 5, “Cut the Clutter: Scan Everything,” you need to know how to create notes and notebooks.
The easiest note you can create is simple text, and the easiest way to create this text-based note is to tap the “Type a quick note” link at the bottom of the Evernote control panel (refer to Figure 4.1). Tap that link and you’ll be given a blank window like the one in Figure 4.7.
FIGURE 4.7 Create a simple note filled with text.
You’ll use the keyboard to type your note. Notice that the default location is the general-purpose notebook that is created when you sign up for Evernote. If you wish to send your new note to a different notebook, tap the default notebook’s name and a drop-down menu appears listing all your notebooks, as shown in Figure 4.8. (Notebooks inside stacks will appear in this list, so you won’t need to drill down any further—just scroll through the list to find your desired notebook.)
FIGURE 4.8 Select a notebook to store your new note.
If you look in the upper-right corner of the screen, you’ll see a small paperclip icon. Tap it to add an attachment. When using the iOS version of Evernote, you can attach a photo, audio recording, or a document. (If you wish to attach a video to a note, you’ll need to use a PC or Mac version of Evernote.) Figure 4.9 shows an image attached to the note—the full image is visible in the actual note itself, and additional text can be added above or below.
FIGURE 4.9 An attachment can be added to a note.
The last thing to do is to rename the note. Tap the “Note” title at the top, type in a more descriptive title, and click the Save button in the upper-right corner. And you’ve just created a note.
But what about creating a notebook? Easy!
Return to the Evernote control panel and tap the Notebooks section to open and expand it. Tap the Edit button shown in the upper-right corner of the notebook list and then tap the New Notebook button shown in Figure 4.10.
FIGURE 4.10 Use the New Notebook button to create a new notebook.
Enter the name of your notebook using the keyboard and then tap Done. Your new notebook will be added to the list. Figure 4.11 shows the new “Evernote Novice Tips” notebook added to the list. Notice that it has the numeral 0 next to it to indicate it is currently empty of notes. (It also lacks the small icon to the left of its name to indicate it’s a stack and contains subnotebooks.)
FIGURE 4.11 A new notebook added to Evernote.
You’ll want to investigate Tags and Places on the Evernote control panel. These options let you assign keywords to notes and notebooks as well as specific locations (such as where on the planet a note was created). There’s also a Market section that contains free and pay-to-use upgrades to Evernote options that you might find of interest.