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I agree. I was surprised this morning after updating Evernote to discover the option for tabs is now gone. This will be a deal-breaker for me to continue my subscription as it was a feature I used regularly; given the integration of MS products at my institution, I'll probably need to cave and use OneNote now.

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Evernote's mission is to help individuals and groups to remember everything, turn ideas into action, and work effortlessly together.

Microsoft OneNote uses tabs. Notion uses tabs, Salesforce uses tabs, Chrome uses tabs. Why? Tabbed browsing speeds up your browsing experience and make multiple ideas easier to manage. This helps users turn ideas into action.

@Ian Smalldo you use Evernote on OSX or Windows? I'm guessing Windows, because if tabbed browsing was part of your workflow, there is a 0% chance this feature would have been removed.

One of Evernote's key differentiators was how the in-app experience used the same navigation methodology as so many other modern solutions. When tabs have become a core productivity enabler in so many other key productivity tools, I just can't get my head around the removal of this functionality..

Does anyone have links to good articles that show how to disable tabs in Chrome? Thought if I remove tab functionality from some other everyday OSX apps I might work more effortlessly. Thanks.

 

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Devonthink had tabs - but left them out with its new version last year. One of the big reasons I returned to Evernote early this year after a year away (started with EV in 2008). People complained, but it seemed they thought it was feature of the operating system and they had not realised the new version did not work the same way with the OS. 

However I will stick with the new Evernote because its too does so many things very well and on my 2017 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 is as fast as before; in fact some things, such as moving notes between notebooks is so much better. Maybe slow response for some people is down to bugs.

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@EverNote first of all, thank you for a great note system. Second, i would not have upgraded to the new version on my Mac if i had known that the Tabs were removed!

Can you at least tell us what feature is implemented or changed that would work as good as tabs?

I used tabs a LOT! In my work as a developer and consultant, i used tabs to easily switch between big projects. It was one of the defining features that moved me towards Evernote.
In fact, our whole office used Evernote because of the tab feature. 

Please bring it back, or give us an alternative :-D

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Completely agree with everyone above. Tabs are such a critical part of evernote. I also didn't realize they existed until a couple years into using the app, but they were then a game changer once discovered, and are now an essential part of my minute-by-minute workflow. If they're underused, I would suggest that it's because it's almost a hidden feature (at least, it seemed that way for me) - not because it's not extremely powerful and loved by those who use it.

I have reinstalled Evernote Legacy for now as this is so crucial to my daily ops. The new app is more aesthetic though, I'll give it that!

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On 11/10/2020 at 2:42 PM, AllisonH said:

I couldn't believe they took tabs away! I wouldn't have downloaded the update if I'd known, it makes Evernote much less useful for me. I might consider another service. 

To Allison and others regretting updating - I was in the same boat (tabs are crucial for me, too)... But thankfully I've been able to download the Evernote Legacy version, which still has tabs.

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On 11/16/2020 at 12:35 PM, Paul A. said:

Not as far as I know. However, the Evernote CEO did say in a recent interview that almost no one used the tabs feature.

I don't know.  Based upon what we've seen in V10 I begin to wonder about the integrity of EN "statistics".  Just saying.

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15 hours ago, Urs Albisser said:

 

How can it be popular if the tabs feature was never available in the Windows version? I think, instead of removing the tabs from the Mac version they should rather add the feature to the Windows version too.

That is interesting; I did not realize that tabs were never available on Windows. Presumably, when Evernote looked at whether tabs are popular, they evaluated it in context of the only platforms which support that feature.

But regardless I agree, I would support adding tabs for all desktop platforms. They can be very useful.

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I agree! Removing the Tabs feature seems like an unforced error. I'm back on the Legacy version so I'm all good but I had to look into this and put my 2 cents in.
Why would Evernote remove this feature? If you don't want to use Tabs, don't. But if you do, just make it available again.
In fact, why would you ever take away a feature from software like this? Seems like a huge mistake.
I've been a regular, paid user for 8 years. Please, Evernote, bring it back.
Thank you
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I agree! Removing the Tabs feature seems like an unforced error. I'm back on the Legacy version so I'm all good but I had to look into this and put my 2 cents in. Why would Evernote remove this feature? If you don't want to use Tabs, don't. But if you do, just make it available again.
I've been a regular, paid user for 8 years. Please, Evernote, bring it back.
Thank you
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EVERNOTE, I freaking LOVE this app. But tabs are a MUST. How are we supposed to work in multiple notes without them? Opening a whole bunch of windows is so messy and difficult to navigate.

I saw on another thread that the CEO said tabs are an underutilized feature, but that can't be true because working multiple notes simultaneously is a very COMON way to use Evernote. Please bring them back!

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Tabs are a MUST! I think it's a very common thing to be working in multiple notes at once, and it's sloppy sloppy sloppy to do it with a whole bunch of windows open. I love the updated app, but taking out tabs was a huge mistake. For me it completely invalidates the value of the update because my overall functionality is badly impaired. Super sad to have to revert to the legacy version when you all worked so hard on this update!

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This feature is crucial to my efficient use of Evernote. I held off upgrading to this version until a couple weeks ago, hoping that all the kinks would be worked out. Had I known the tab feature was going to be removed, I would not have upgraded! This is like going backward 10 years in browser capability. Please bring back this feature ASAP!

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I just started using the new Evernote for Mac. I was really excited until, like others, found there were no tabs. This is an essential part of my workflow. This was definitely not a good move on my part from the company. Darn! I will have to look for another tool to use for my business. I loved using Evernote Business but cannot sustain my workflow this way. 

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Really? Removing one of the key feature that saves a lot of time? It is not upgrade it is downgrade! 

Thread was created in beginning of October,  and you guys even do not provide any response on that. User support level - zero. 

I have supported Evernote for many years by paying for premium account even I do not need such feature. And when I see such 'great' support, I think that I need to stop to do so. 

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On 11/29/2020 at 5:08 PM, Spike_Tbone said:

This feature is crucial to my efficient use of Evernote. I held off upgrading to this version until a couple weeks ago, hoping that all the kinks would be worked out. Had I known the tab feature was going to be removed, I would not have upgraded! This is like going backward 10 years in browser capability. Please bring back this feature ASAP!

This!

I always try and approach updates to any software with an open mind (easy to resist change) but not having tabs is a massive deal for me.

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The jump from the Mac version of Evernote, 7.14 to 10+ (currently 10.4.4) has become a business and personal productivity nightmare, with the loss of multiple open note tabs.  Previously for many enjoyable years using Evernote before the 7.14 jump to version 10 in October 2020, I could have several note tabs open at the same time.  I could work on one note, while waiting for people to call back and have that note instantly accessible as an open tab in Evernote.  I could work on concepts that require looking at and comparing several notes at the same time.  Now, under version 10+, it is a productivity nightmare, trying to have related notes quickly available, and having to create multiple workaround shortcuts, etc, which if used, simply close a screen that I need to keep open when accessing other notes.  Is there a plan to re-incorporate multiple note tab functionality back into the Mac version of Evernote or not?
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Oh. What. The. Foobar!

Seriously? TABS are a critical part of this application. How can it be removed? Why not at least leave the option?

This is a must-have @Evernote — please FIX this ASAP or you'll have one of your oldest, most loyal users, look for alternatives. Meanwhile, I'll downgrade :(

Really. Wow. Unbelievable.

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Just adding one more voice to the choir of users for whom tabs are an essential part of regular workflows.

I am excited about the possibilities with a rebuilt app and many of the changes are excellent. However, the removal of tabs is extremely disruptive and I will be using the legacy client until they are reinstated—and potentially searching for another software solution.

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I have updated to evernote 10 today - and I'm stunned (in not a good way). No multiple windows. No multiple tabs in each window. Nada.
You now have, in essence, just ONE TAB only.
Holy cow! I understand pruning, but this is like cutting down the tree and leaving me with just a single branch.

My use scenario: using tabs, (and then also windows) would give me an overview of notes related to what I'm working on.

I used to open several tabs each with a topic e.g. 
tag:c++
tag:c++, tag:read
tag:c++, tag:top_articles
tag:c++, tag:toreview

you get the idea - and use tabs to switch between them, getting a good overview of my notes / articles related to a topic (for e.g. c++ there's several thousand)

then I'd open another window and e.g.
tag:fourier
tag:fourier, read
tag:dsp, tag:frequency_domain
tag:fourier, c_language

So via tabs, (and then also windows) I'd have a good overview of a topic (or several).
(and I also had my most frequent groups of searches automated via applescript and key commands)

**Am I correct that opening multiple searches simultaneously is now just.... gone ?**   I'm stunned. 

I have been a premium user for several years. This amount of regression is just... heartbreakingly annoying, and unnecessary. 

One search at a time?  That's it? 

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Does anywhere know how to a note to a new tab in the new evernote?

I feel this update has gone backwards, I've been a Premium Evernote member since 2013 and this update is awful! - All my favourite features have disappeared!

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For the most part the new version is nice.  But no Tabs is forcing me to go back to the Legacy version.  Thanks to all that posted that link. 

If we could open more than one instance of Evernote it would help but Tabs is where it's at.  Imagine browsing the internet without tabs.  I paid for Opera web browser back in the day because it was the only one with tabs at the time. 

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Just adding my voice, in case it matters, that tabs and having multiple evernote windows open simultaneously is essential to me. I will be reverting until the previous version until they implement this feature. I did like many parts of the new version, especially the updates to the notes editor.

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On 11/12/2020 at 8:03 AM, Ovi said:

‼️‼️ You can REVERT to the legacy version here: 

https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052560314-Install-an-older-version-of-Evernote

 

+1 for tabs. This is a critical feature for me. PLEASE BRING TABS back!! I love evernote, but not tabs is a serious drawback.

In reply to Evernote's CEO "we are not implementing tabs at this point... it was not a heavily utilized feature."

That's because most people don't know how to use Evernote to the MAX. If they did, they would NEVER leave Evernote. It would help to add tutorial videos for this and explain WHY these features are important and how they could be used.

As a Peak Performance Coach, helping people minimize COGNITIVE LOAD is key. Easy flow and movement around Evernote is KEY if we are to use it as a second brain.

Thanks - I was looking for alternative products to migrate to and found this post instead.  if I can maintain the older version I won't have to do that.

of course like everyone else on this thread, for me tabs are a must-have feature for notes in business.  If I were using Evernote for simple things as a student in college or basic family notes I'd be ok without, but for my use case I have to either have tabs or multiple windows or something.  for the time being I've had to revert to multiple browser Windows to augment the MacOS app.

 

I should also point out that the IOS app isn't as useful for me due to the lack of an easy way to switch between notes or even display multiple notes on the same page.  iPadOS has recently added the capability to have multiple apps on a screen side-by-side. This capability would make Evernote on iPad much more usable also.

As for the CEO's comments I'd ask the people on this thread:  How many people have you influenced to use Evernote in the past? How many will you influence to use Evernote if there are no tabs? How many will you bring with you to a different product if you have to change products?  

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On 12/8/2020 at 10:39 AM, sonoio said:

I have updated to evernote 10 today - and I'm stunned (in not a good way). No multiple windows. No multiple tabs in each window. Nada.
You now have, in essence, just ONE TAB only.
Holy cow! I understand pruning, but this is like cutting down the tree and leaving me with just a single branch.

My use scenario: using tabs, (and then also windows) would give me an overview of notes related to what I'm working on.

I used to open several tabs each with a topic e.g. 
tag:c++
tag:c++, tag:read
tag:c++, tag:top_articles
tag:c++, tag:toreview

you get the idea - and use tabs to switch between them, getting a good overview of my notes / articles related to a topic (for e.g. c++ there's several thousand)

then I'd open another window and e.g.
tag:fourier
tag:fourier, read
tag:dsp, tag:frequency_domain
tag:fourier, c_language

So via tabs, (and then also windows) I'd have a good overview of a topic (or several).
(and I also had my most frequent groups of searches automated via applescript and key commands)

**Am I correct that opening multiple searches simultaneously is now just.... gone ?**   I'm stunned. 

I have been a premium user for several years. This amount of regression is just... heartbreakingly annoying, and unnecessary. 

One search at a time?  That's it? 

 

I totally agree... just updated to v10... for 10 minutes, and then installed 7.14 again....

No more multiple windows (which I used a lot), the "Move to ... again" also gone, now you have to select a different notebook over and over again... I can't believe my eyes!

This update isn't an upgrade... it's a downgrade... 11 versions back!

 

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No tabs. Really?

Doesn't make any difference what usage stats say.  There's no compelling reason to not have tabs. Does it make it unstable? No.  Does it slow it down? No. Does it make it bloated? No. Does it offend people? No.  

I don't care if only 5% use tabs (and to be sure, that's not the case, but just saying), it certainly does no harm and many of us need it.  Very bizarre to remove this.

I'm going back to Legacy.  Thanks, @emjbe.  I'm goin' back with you.

 

C'mon, developers.  Put it back and you know what?  Issue all of us an apology for your lapse in judgment.    

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On 10/21/2020 at 2:48 AM, Pastor Wynn said:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring back tabs!   I use the Mac version, and tabs are essential (as mentioned by another poster).  I always have several tabs open.  I have a Daily Work List that is my main tab and I click on other tabs for doing other work.  As a Premium subscriber, I believe that EN should have taken a user survey before making the incredible decision to jerk tabs out.

 

I completely agree!!!
Bring back taps ASAP please!

 
 
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Why did you remove tabs from Evernote, with tabs product usable  and tabs are essential for me too. I am Premium user and  now I thinkig about another tool - now product is useless.  I also link together many of my notes - now to open link is hell !!!!!

Now is your product total S.H.I.T !!!! and why , because of fancy looking GUI 

shame to you

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17 hours ago, DTLow said:

Evernote has two product; Legacy and Version 10    
You might be happier with the Legacy product   
The Version 10 product is a work-in-progress and not ready for general use

With Legacy I can recover the tabs function and aldo I can have evernote in 2 windows (evernote v10 and Evernote Legacy). Thanks

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While I would definitely welcome back tabs as a "feature", I have been surprised to learn through this process that this was unique to the Mac app and Windows does not have tabs.  The more concerning missing "feature" for me is the inability to open to instances of Evernote, as I find that much better than tabs since I can have those two instances on different monitors or spaces in Mac.  I imagine the two are related, but if Evernote brought back the ability to open multiple instances, I imagine that could be a compromise for those insisting on tabs.

As a workaround, I find myself opening individual notes much more often and utilizing the quick keyboard shortcuts of Cmd+1 through Cmd+9 to access the top favorites.  I have a number of saved searches and notebooks I visit frequently in those locations.  It is not the same as tabs or two instances, but it does help with processing my inbox.

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Hi,

   One of the features that I loved about the old Evernote was the ability to have multiple notes open at once using tabs like my internet browser.

Please bring back Tabs.

Have a great day.

Darren

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YES! Tabs please! I've been trumpeting this ever since the update that took them away.

I've been using the Evernote Legacy version as a workaround on all my macOS devices and it works fine but c'mon!

Let's do this Evernote! 

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The improved web client as well is important if you use EN on a Chromebook or on a Linux computer. I am even able to run EN from my Raspberry Pi, a 60€ computer, through the web client. Not super fast, but it works.

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On 10/20/2020 at 1:26 PM, BrooklynBen said:

Watched the recent YouTube video interview. The CEO says "we are not implementing tabs at this point... it was not a heavily utilized feature."

Thanks for pointing this out @BrooklynBen.  For other peoples' reference, here is the YouTube video interview.

Absolutely infuriating. Evernote's growing incompetence may force me to make a better version pretty soon.  I've tried dozens of notes apps and keep coming back to Evernote, which is unfortunate because it leaves much to be desired.

If anyone wants to share some key features in their dream notes / info management app, I would love to hear from you. Can connect with / message me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cscav/
...Please don't connect without a note, as I almost always delete these 🙃 

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He decided against tabs as a feature of the early v10 versions. So - surprise - there are no tabs. If he did so because they used the wrong statistics to measure user interaction is futile, it makes no difference.

The best workaround I currently know is to open notes in additional windows, and use the method build into the OS to jump between them. Not really a replacement, but better than nothing.

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4 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

The best workaround I currently know is to open notes in additional windows, and use the method build into the OS to jump between them. Not really a replacement, but better than nothing.

Opening multiple notes really doesn't solve the problem/gripe since you can't have two separate searches or notebooks open...

HOWEVER, I have found that using the web version of Evernote in tandem with the desktop window works great... the new web version is almost indistinguishable from the desktop version for most tasks, and you can open a new browser tab whenever you want.

I still hope that they add tabs or the ability to open two separate Evernote instances on the desktop app... but until then web works.

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I must admit, I’ve been trying the multi window thing the last couple days and I’ve been liking it a lot.

If I were on a single screen / laptop, that’s another story: I’d hate it.

My setup: —MacBook plugged into 2x Displays which are used for everything-non Evernote —1x Display used for primary Evernote document —Laptop used for any secondary Evernote documents I need handy

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Good to discuss possibilities: I like the idea @aukirk posted above. Using the web client is really an option today, since it was vastly improved and is in fact very close to the desktop clients.

On the MacBook without a second monitor, one could try to use several virtual desktops - if the web client is no option. Not as good, for sure.

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9 hours ago, scav_on_gelli said:

I must admit, I’ve been trying the multi window thing the last couple days and I’ve been liking it a lot.

If I were on a single screen / laptop, that’s another story: I’d hate it.

@scav_on_gelli if you are on a Mac, use "spaces"... you can open multiple desktops and swipe between them with a keyboard or mouse shortcut.  

https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/work-in-multiple-spaces-mh14112/mac

4 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

On the MacBook without a second monitor, one could try to use several virtual desktops - if the web client is no option. Not as good, for sure.

@PinkElephant I am not sure what you are referring to about "virtual desktops"... but if you are referring to the "spaces" feature on MacOS, you can't have multiple instances of Evernote open in different desktops.  There may be some more advanced feature or app that allows you to boot up two instances of MacOS (similar to Boot Camp running Windows OS), but I imagine that would be very difficult to work with.

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8 years of using Evernote daily on Macs (more than 5500 notes ...).

I've tried to update today to the latest version of Evernote desktop (but as I'm smart I've kept a copy of my "old" Evernote).

It happens that he TABS are now gone !!!!!!! What the hell are you think at Evernote office ??? TABS are part of the workflow of Evernote, especially on a single screen laptop. I'm now back to the "old" (7.14) Evernote.

Paying an annual 60€ and loosing TABS functionality is a total nonsense ... 🙄🤔

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If you need tabs, you can use the web client.

You should install the "legacy" client - it is identical to 7.14, but protected against updating. It can be used side by side with v10.

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At the moment use legacy, or try the web client (you can open several tabs to EN in the browser). In some cases it may work as well to open several windows from v10 instead of tabs.

For v10, we have to wait and see what happens.

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Yes, let me add to this BRING BACK TABS!!!
I use Evernote for as a calendar, project management, etc.
I use TABS DAILY!!!

Which "genius" decided to get rid of it?

I'll be using Legacy version until they bring back tabs to the "new" version.

 

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Just wanted to add another voice to the "TABs are important to my workflow" chorus. 

I've been a premium user since 2012 and am a heavy Evernote user. I upgraded to the tabless version of Evernote today and found a few changes that broke my current workflows - especially the lack of tabs. I tend to organise days by windows with tabs being meeting notes, tasks, things to reference, etc.  This will get very cluttered without tabs.

Currently moving back to the legacy version (on Mac) in the hope that tabs are brought back as a feature soon.

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This is the main reason I have not updated my app. I live off of tabs and it's absolutely crucial. Unfortunately, on my new Mac, I was forced to upgrade and have struggled to keep my productivity the same way and sadly have been trying out competitors because this new desktop app is frustrating compared to the features you had in previous versions. So please bring it back.

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On 7/2/2021 at 1:50 PM, Dave Bridgeland said:

Sometimes a new version feels worse just because it is new. So after "upgrading" to v10, I spent several months working with it, learning its new features and capabilities.

Conclusion: v10 is in fact much worse than v7. The removal of tabs reduces my productivity significantly. In addition, v10 is slow and unresponsive. 

Today I upgraded back to Evernote Classic: v7.

To use tabs with v10, you can try the web client. It is pretty close in functions to the installed desktop client, and you can open several tabs.

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Imagine you could only use Chrome with just 1 window, 1 tab. This is what the new Evernote feels like.

I will not be switching unless this feature is implemented.

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On 7/14/2021 at 9:01 PM, PinkElephant said:

To use tabs with v10, you can try the web client. It is pretty close in functions to the installed desktop client, and you can open several tabs.

this is a terrible "solution". "core app doesn't work as it should, use the website".

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You can bang your head against the wall, wait until it disappears, or use the door 3m to the left.

To me it seems you currently try the wall.

What I propose from one user to another is a workaround. To ask for a solution use the clients feedback function or issue a support ticket.

P.S. The web client isn’t all that terrible, in fact it is nearly on feature parity with the installed app.

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3 hours ago, PinkElephant said:

You can bang your head against the wall, wait until it disappears, or use the door 3m to the left.

To me it seems you currently try the wall.

What I propose from one user to another is a workaround. To ask for a solution use the clients feedback function or issue a support ticket.

P.S. The web client isn’t all that terrible, in fact it is nearly on feature parity with the installed app.

We all can see everytime you suggest the same things. but everyone wants this . we have our own judgements . and so many people are posting on this forum , imagine how many more users actually want multiple tabs features.
Using multiple instances on browser is not the same. the page reloads etc and doest stay the same. i may want to come back to a tab after maybe 6 hours, most times a few mintues. Its about the workflow. But you are having such a FIXED mind about it . Try to see what we want. If it were actually same we wouldn't have spent our precious time to come here and post.
It also seems you are from the evernote team, stop being arrogant and actually LISTEN to us. 
and stop suggesting web alternative all the time. you are the one who is banging your head on the wall. Your point is good but stop forcing this solution to everyone who is posting here to use browser.

PS = evernote is brilliant. and their recent development and pace and features are Super impressive.
This is just about MUltiple-tabs and all of us here raising our rightful request for it in this forum , the same purpose it is built for. So if you can support our request please help us ottherwise you can stop replying here if you just want to defend againt this feature all the time. We will not be convinced. 
 

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Hope your keyboard problem is only temporary - it seems the caps lock gets stuck …

If you are in dire need of tabs, install the legacy client, or use the web client. Up to now I don’t remember any rumors that tabs will return to the desktop clients soon.

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