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Is it possible to create a checklist in Evernote without the strikethrough feature?


markpomerantz1

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Is there any way to create a checklist without the strikethrough feature?  This would be really helpful for my food shopping list.  For example, my food list would show all the standard foods items that I generally buy. Before a given trip to the supermarket, I'd place a check mark beside the items that are currently lacking in my kitchen and that I need to buy this week.  When shopping, I could uncheck each item from my list once I've placed it in my shopping cart.  For this type of use the checked item, is the item that is needed, not the item has been completed, so the strikethrough feature is not helpful for this type of to-do list. 

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No, no such option.

Just turn around your way of checking and unchecking, and you are fine.

Or use a different app for shopping - there are better solutions. My shopping app for example has an option to set the quantity measure per item, and then to enter a number of quantities needed.

Some even offer an interface to recipe apps - you plan your week, and you end up with a shopping list, combining all foodstuff from the different recipes into consolidated quantities.

Others offer to sequence the items as they are located in the shop - one way shopping, because you get them presented they way they are placed.

In comparison EN just looks a little pale - which is no surprise, a general tool against specialized apps.

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The checkbox feature is not gone.  It is just broken.  If you insert a space at the beginning of the line, and then insert a checkbox, the system respects what you create as an ongoing list, like a shopping list (which is our use of Evernote).  However, that workaround has a bug.  For some lines, but not all, and seemingly at random, when the list is saved, the space at the beginning of a line disappears.  So, the next time you go to use the list, you have to go in and insert a space in all those broken lines.  Otherwise, if you hit enter and the end of a line without a space, the draws lines line the completed checklist you are trying to avoid.  I have complained, begged, etc., a number of times, and the response is everywhere from hmmm, nice feature to add.  Maybe we will consider it sometime.  To, yes, it is a known bug.  We are working on it.  Don't hold your breath.  Look for a different app.  I am going as soon as I find one, but I haven't found a good replacement yet.  Anyone?  Please?

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Working against a system design is usually just an elaborate way to waste your time.

The new feature for checklists are the checklists - the old checkboxes should only be used inside of a text flow, to allow check-able boxes, not as lists any longer.

The checklists have some nice additional features - one example: If you hover with the mouse over an entry, 4 dots appear in front of it. This is a handle, you can grab it and draw the full line to a new position, without a need to select the text first. Ir makes sorting of lists much faster.

And no, checklists are no bug. They are designed to be this feature, it works as it is designed, and if you don't like it, you don't like it. But not everything you don't like is a bug. If they really need to auto convert everything is another question, but checklists are carefully implemented, and they are most likely there to stay.

I would not waste energy on trying to work around.

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5 hours ago, DeadCow said:

However, that workaround has a bug.

Maybe instead of a space in front of your checkbox, try an unordered bulleted list. Since it's already a type of list (not checklist), I don't think Evernote will try and convert it to a checklist. And then you also get the benefit of being able to re-order them with the drag and drop:

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Please, don't preach at me.  I am not the only one who paid for a wonderful app, only to have the developer change the character.  In addition, as I mentioned, had the various agents politely said, I'm sorry it doesn't fit your needs any more, but that is the direction we have decided to go, take or or leave it, I would have politely said thanks for the memories.  Instead I got double speak run-around.

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7 hours ago, Boot17 said:

Maybe instead of a space in front of your checkbox, try an unordered bulleted list. Since it's already a type of list (not checklist), I don't think Evernote will try and convert it to a checklist. And then you also get the benefit of being able to re-order them with the drag and drop:

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Nice workaround. Slightly annoying though that you have to insert a checkbox each time from the menu as the  [ ] shortcut immediately converts the bulleted list into a checklist.

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You can also just create the whole bulleted list and then highlight the rows and then add a checkbox and Evernote knows to insert a checkbox at the beginning of each list item. (I don't think this works by accident -- it must work this way by design.) Then, if you do happen to add a [] and accidentally convert the whole list to checklist, a quick Cmd-Shift-U (Mac) or Ctrl-Shift-U (Windows) anywhere in the list will revert it back to an unordered list.

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Similar behavior on mobile (except for the dragging and dropping in the example further up the thread)

I should also mention, that I don't think I came up with the bulleted checkbox list on my own. It was from this discussion forum / community as there are several discussion threads about this very topic. @Mike P - you even have an example of bulleted checkboxes from a year or so ago. EN may have also improved things slightly with *checkbox* lists in different releases without mentioning it in the release notes.

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This is a good workaround however the re-order drag and drop feature is only working on my MacBook Pro and is not working on my iPad or iPhone.   Are others experiencing this issue?  I have a premium subscription…is this feature only available on mobile devices with a professional account? 

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Bullet list has made the checkbox format work for me, although for some lists it took several times to get it to stick.  I have not figured out how to format it so it automatically inserts a checkbox, but that is minor.  I too can only drag and drop to move items on my PC, not on an IOS device.  There I have to cut and paste.  But at least I now have functioning checkbox lists.

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