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Feature Request - List View to the left of Reading Pane

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#1 MunsterMash

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 07:38 PM

At the risk of incurring the wrath of everyone on this forum (as I'm sure this feature has probably been discussed at length many times before) I am requesting the option of having a list view of all notes to the left of the reading pane (where the Snippets view is currently) rather than above the reading pane.

There are two main reasons for my request, and why I think this has to be an essential feature:

These days laptops and monitors are widescreen. You have plenty of horizontal room to work with but your vertical space is limited. When using the list view you are cutting your already limited reading pane room in half. Having the list to the left of the reading pane gives you a full page view of your note.

When you have a large number of notes (30+) in a notebook the current list view is horrible to use. Scrolling up and down to find the note you're looking for is a nightmare. Why? Because as I noted above, these days your vertical space is limited, so both your list and your reading pane are vertically compacted as a result. You can only really see about 10 notes at once.

Why don't I just use Snippet view? The same reason - you can only see about 5 or 6 notes at once and when you have a large number of notes you have to scroll up and down continuously to find what you are looking for.

If there was a list to the left of the reading pane I could easily find and activate the note I am looking for, and I still get to keep a full sized reading pane active.

Another solution - allow us to specify the size of our Snippets on Snippet view. If I want a list view I could set it show just one line (the note title).

In all honesty, this is the one feature that is preventing me from using Evernote as a power user. Please consider this feature.

#2 JMichael

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:03 PM

You are correct in that this feature has been requested many, many times for more than a year. I for one welcome your post that repeats this request, and presents a very clear and logical rationale.

It is not clear why Evernote has not provided this feature, except that based on the views that are provided across all platforms it seems that Evernote has a strong bias toward image-related views. I have nothing against image views. Sometimes they are helpful. But for Notes that are pure text, the image is of no value.

Here is a post that addressed this basic issue last year:
What Does Evernote Have Against a Pure Vertical List View?

IMO, we need a list view on the left of the Reading Pane on all platforms.
Currently, on the iPhone and iPad there is no list view at all.

#3 GrumpyMonkey

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:13 PM

Hi. I hope you don't mind a Mac interloper coming in here and giving you a +1. JM is right. We need a list view on the side. Why? Because vertical real estate is more precious than horizontal. Why do I have to sacrifice it in order to get rid of thumbnails, which are essentially useless for me?

In the Mac client, even with the list view (at the top) and even with the left pane closed (a single column now with menu, list view, and note at the bottom) EN still takes up more than half the width of my screen! I gain no benefit from getting rid of the snippet and folders pane. I just lose vertical space. I cannot express in words how frustrating this is. As I mentioned in another thread, even Word with all of its innumerable features/options/bloat can be reduced to a tiny portion of my screen.

Surely there is a better way to design the interface.

#4 Wern

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:16 PM

Maybe a workaround for this, is expanding the current list view (with tag pane to the left and reading pane at bottom) to full page.

F10 >> will toogle Tag view on/off
Ctrl-F11 >> will toggle reading pane, on/off

If you play with that, you can see all your notes in list view across your whole screen.
Maybe that helps.
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#5 Owyn

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

I always use Evernote for Windows in close to full screen on a wide screen monitor.
When I am working in List View I REALLY want to see all the note attributes (columns) possible.
When I am reading a note I want to see as much of the note as possible (ie. Snippet view).

No big.
The (Ctrl+F5) and (Ctrl+F6) hotkeys let me quickly switch between List and Snippet views.
The (Ctrl+F11) hotkey toggles the Note Panel visibility. This provides more items in the list.

Edited by Owyn, 14 January 2012 - 09:48 PM.

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#6 JMichael

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:11 PM

I always use Evernote for Windows in close to full screen on a wide screen monitor.
When I am working in List View I REALLY want to see all the note attributes (columns) possible.
When I am reading a note I want to see as much of the note as possible (ie. Snippet view).

No big.
The (Ctrl+F5) and (Ctrl+F6) hotkeys let me quickly switch between List and Snippet views.
The (Ctrl+F11) hotkey toggles the Note Panel visibility. This provides more items in the list.


The problem with this approach is that it only works in EN Win.
EN Mac and all other platforms do NOT support the shortcut keys to show/hide the various panels.

#7 jordanborth

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:10 PM

+1 for a Vertical List View EN Mac. Adjustable font size would be nice too; let us know there's images in the post with an icon :)

#8 jefito

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:24 PM

+1 for a Vertical List View EN Mac. Adjustable font size would be nice too; let us know there's images in the post with an icon :)

This is the forum for the Evernote for Windows client. Kindly post feature requests for the Evernote for Macintosh client in the Mac forum.
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#9 GrumpyMonkey

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 09:28 PM

+1 for a Vertical List View EN Mac. Adjustable font size would be nice too; let us know there's images in the post with an icon :)

This is the forum for the Evernote for Windows client. Kindly post feature requests for the Evernote for Macintosh client in the Mac forum.


I think I was the first one to pollute the thread with my fruitiness. I am rooting for you guys to get it, because that might mean we will get it someday too! Instead of a "list" view, I have also suggested giving us the ability to control the number of lines displayed in the snippet view the way that SiimpleNote does in iOS (0-6 I think). This would essentially work out to be a list view.

#10 JMichael

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

Well, according to Evernote's parity policy, adding a feature to one client should mean adding it to all clients.
I'm all for this feature being on EN Win, EN Mac, EN iPad.

#11 jefito

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:28 AM

That's not the same thing, and you know it (I'm for parity, too -- who would be against it?). It's about posting in appropriate forums.
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