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#1 debns

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:41 PM

Is there a way to search for all notes tagged with multiple tags at the same time?

For example - if I have 2 notes tagged with "software" and 6 tagged with "education", is there a search operator I can use to view all 8 of those notes? I expected that something like tag:software OR tag:education would do it, but that seems to bring up only notes that are tagged with both tags.

#2 Owyn

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:48 PM

any: tag:hardware tag:software
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#3 jbenson2

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:49 PM

Try the any command:

any: tag:software tag:education


The any command can be used for words as well.

For instance

any: exam test

will find all notes containing the word "exam" or "test"

#4 debns

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:56 PM

Thank you. I did know about the any: option, but hadn't worked out how it could be used along with the tag: option, and searching here and google found me lots of information (some of which is very useful!) but not the answer to my query. Now I know :-)

#5 deverill

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:45 AM

And knowing is half the battle.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

I have found a lot of good information on Evernote but it's scattered and not consolidated in one easy to digest piece. I wish that EN could do some kind of electronic documentation that they could easily keep up to date... that's the biggest problem I think, that it changes so much a traditional document would be outdated before it was completed.

#6 Kuks

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:32 PM

Works great for me. Thanks.

Now is there a way to bring up a saved search like above, and then search within that? I will try to explain as best I can. Here is the scenario. I have a single notebook I put most things in. I have Food tags and created a custom search so that it includes all notes in any of the food tags such as Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, etc. I click on my saved search and all items in breakfast, lunch, or dinner show up. When I try to search within the saved search by using the search field at the top, my results don't change. I have tried this on a laptop and desktop with the same result. I am running on the latest version of EN Windows.

#7 Owyn

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:18 PM

You can refine results of a saved search but the new search terms are added to the original search.
In the example you provided you have set up an "any:" (OR) search so any additional terms are OR terms. This may increase the results provided, it will never decrease them.
A simple workaround is to assign a new tag, e.g. "meal", to all of the initial results (select all, add tag).
Then you can change your saved search to e.g. "tag:meal".
Any additional terms will be ANDed to the original search (default is all: (AND)).

Edited by Owyn, 01 September 2012 - 07:22 PM.

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#8 Kuks

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:46 AM

Thanks. That makes sense. This is what I was doing. Here is my saved search for Food:
notebook:Primary any: tag:Breads tag:Breakfast tag:"crock pot" tag:Dessert tag:Dinner tag:Drinks tag:Kids tag:Lunch tag:"Make Ahead" tag:"Meal Planners" tag:Party tag:Random tag:"Side Dish" tag:Snacks tag:Soups

So it makes sense that I wouldn't be able to search within those results since they are an OR search and not an AND search. I wish I could though. Too bad there isn't a way to put all that in parentheses or quotes and then narrow down the search. Programming was never my strong suit. It's not a big deal. With my entire life in Evernote, this is a fairly minor problem for me. Maybe I will just do as you said and add all results to the Food tag. Easy enough.

I was expecting an email or something so I didn't check back until now. I just figured out how to follow topics. This is the first post to any forum I think I have ever made. Being an IT consultant, I spend half my life on forums, but for the first time I felt it necessary to ask a question. Thanks Owyn for the feedback. I appreciate it. This EN forum has some very helpful people and it is much appreciated. I spend a few nights a week reading through it as well as the EN blog for new ways to incorporate it into my life more. The more I use it the more my life is simplified. Sorry for the rambling. :)

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:08 PM

I am a new user of only three days but I find Tags to be my answer to selective searching or drilling.

 

By selecting and highlighting a tag under the "tag" drop down on the left, then holding CTRL exactly as one would normally to select more than one item, one can then select more tags which limits the subsequent note selection to those notes with both those tags.

 

Seems to be too simple.... bit like rest of Evernote but so usefull.   :)



#10 Her

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Posted Yesterday, 05:41 AM

How to do a multiple tag search in ipad and iphone?



#11 Wordsgood

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Posted Yesterday, 06:27 AM

This is one of my frustrations too. Yes, they have the Knowledge Base and yes, there are scads of How To & Tips articles elsewhere on the internet - some made by EN, some by users. Some users have even published manuals.

But as nice as it is to have those resources (and this forum, of course!), it can still be time consuming and frustrating to find the info you need. That said, I understand it must be a huge challenge to even create, maintain and centralize documentation for so much software and in multiple languages to boot. And, as you say, much of it becomes quickly outdated.

You know, I'm not really even sure why I commented. It's not like I have anything of value to the topic. ;)

Move along folks. Nothing to see here. Just some crazing lady pontificating about the obvious. "Come along dear, time for your meds. Yes yes, that's fascinating, but doesn't a nap sound like wonderful idea? And tea? Marvelous idea! Right this way..."

And knowing is half the battle.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

I have found a lot of good information on Evernote but it's scattered and not consolidated in one easy to digest piece. I wish that EN could do some kind of electronic documentation that they could easily keep up to date... that's the biggest problem I think, that it changes so much a traditional document would be outdated before it was completed.



#12 ScottLougheed

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Posted Yesterday, 12:52 PM

How to do a multiple tag search in ipad and iphone?

Just did a test and the exact same syntax works on iOS devices:

any: tag:tag1 tag:tag2

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#13 jefito

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Posted Yesterday, 02:00 PM

This is one of my frustrations too. Yes, they have the Knowledge Base and yes, there are scads of How To & Tips articles elsewhere on the internet - some made by EN, some by users. Some users have even published manuals.

I'm thinking of hanging out a shingle as a Certified Evernote Search Query Consultant. :)
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#14 BurgersNFries

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Posted Yesterday, 02:08 PM

This is one of my frustrations too. Yes, they have the Knowledge Base and yes, there are scads of How To & Tips articles elsewhere on the internet - some made by EN, some by users. Some users have even published manuals.

But as nice as it is to have those resources (and this forum, of course!), it can still be time consuming and frustrating to find the info you need. That said, I understand it must be a huge challenge to even create, maintain and centralize documentation for so much software and in multiple languages to boot. And, as you say, much of it becomes quickly outdated.


Once I find the syntax for a type of search I need or may want in the future, I store it in...Evernote along with some keywords that make it easier to find, should I need to reference it later.  IE, searching on:

 

Evernote reminder* syntax

 

...should pull up the note I have that shows the syntax for searching on reminders & how the search engine functions with reminder dates.


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