Evernote: Create & share notes and organise your library

Video tutorial – Creating a note

Our first step will be to Create a new note. To learn about the basics of the Evernote interface and how to create your first note, watch the Creating a Note tutorial video below. (Remember that all of our tutorial videos are best viewed in High Definition and full screen).

As you watch, we’d like you to create your first note. Follow the steps and create a note with the title “[Your name]’s first note“. In the note, type the text “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Share your note

The note that you just created is private and stored only in your library. But you can easily share any notes you’ve created by publishing your note online. This creates a web page with your note that can be accessed by anyone with the link. Remember that these notes are not protected, so never share a note that contains confidential information. We’d like you to have a go at sharing the note you just created. To do this, you will need to share the note and then copy the web address of the note you created. This is a slightly complicated process, so make sure you follow the steps outlines in the Sharing Notes tutorial video below. If you’d prefer to read a tutorial about this process go to this page.

Keep track of the link to your shared note. We’d like you to include the link in this week’s reflective blog post so you can show off your new found Evernote sharing ability!

Here’s a video showing you the process of sharing a note and pasting it into your blog (for the Evernote web version)

And here is one showing you how to do it from the installed version of Evernote (if you have it installed on your computer). This shows the Windows version- Mac should be similar.

Video tutorial – Using notebooks

Now that you’ve made a note there’s still plenty more to learn about Evernote. We’re going to look at how to organise your notes and make sure you can find what you need in your Evernote library.

Notebooks can be used to organise your notes. Think of notebooks as like the files in a filing cabinet with all of your notes (like pieces of paper) stored within.

Watch the Using Notebooks video tutorial.

To practice what you’ve seen, follow these steps:

  • Create a new Notebook called PLN 2013.
  • Select the first note you created and add it to the PLN 2013 notebook. You can do this by either dragging the note from the middle column onto the Notebook name, or by editing the note (select the note and click the pencil icon) and using the drop down menu to select your chosen notebook.


Video tutorial – Using tags

Tags are a useful way to further categorise and order your notes. They are a handy way to search your Evernote account.

Watch the Using tags video tutorial

To practice what you’ve seen, follow these steps:

  • Select the first note you created by clicking on it in the middle column. Now click the pencil icon to edit the note.
  • In the tags field, type the word samples and press enter. Now click Done to save your note.

Video tutorial : Using stacks

Stacks can be used to organise your notebooks. Think of stacks as like the drawers of a filing cabinet, grouping all of your notebooks (the files) and all of your notes (the paper) into the one neat section.

Watch the Using stacks video tutorialThere’s no task for this tutorial, but you might like to think about how you will organise your Evernote account (we’d recommend maybe having stacks for different aspects of your life, such as Home, Work, School or Study).


Video tutorial : Using search

Evernote has a powerful search function that looks for text within your note title, body, tags and more. Watch the Using Search video tutorial to see how search works in Evernote, and how to use tags and notebooks to narrow down your search.

Again, there’s no task for this video. But once you have created a few notes in your Evernote account test out the search function to see how it all works.

So there are useful some Evernote housekeeping tips. Now we’re going to look at a couple of ways of taking your Evernote experience further.

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