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What about for mac users? I can't find any way to do a find-and-replace on a Mac.

As a support team, we always welcome feedback and requests for features, and pass these along to the development and management teams. We understand Find & Replace is a feature a lot of users want

I don't believe I'm being ignored I believe that Evernote hasn't implemented this request (and others) for whatever reasons I can live with that ----------------------------------------

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I just wanted to make this suggestion myself. I'm happy there is an open feature request for this.

However I just found out that this feature exists in Win version of Evernote. Hopefully it will be easier to implement it for the Mac version this way.

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Thanks, atomtenger -- you just helped me know I'm not crazy.  I knew I had used "Find and Replace" in Evernote before, and now I can't;  I thought I must be going crazy.  But it's that I moved from a PC to a Mac.  Dang.  And I thought I was going to solve all my problems.  Ha ha . . .

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Just needed find + replace on the Mac and stumbled on this thread while looking for how to do it.

 

Evernote is a text-based app; it's pretty crazy that it doesn't have such a basic text-editing function. My workaround is copying and pasting back and forth between Evernote and Textedit (which unfortunately reveals other Evernote bugs, like the app inserting extraneous carriage returns that don't show up in Evernote but show up in all other text apps).

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Find and Replace is sorely needed when using Evernote to support Projects and Business tasks.

 

Often times, one may start out with one identifier (acronym) for something, then change or spell it different later.

It would be soooooooooo helpful to have F&R, at least within a Note.

IF Evernote really wanted to shine, then you could ALSO make it work across a selection of Notes.

 

F&R has been in even simple text editors forever, so the technology must be well known.

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It just doesn't make sense to me that this feature is, and has been, available for PC users but not for Mac users. :(

 

elux, I strongly agree.  I have been pointing out features found in EN Win but NOT in EN Mac for a long time.

Thanks for reminding us of this.

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+1 for find and replace for Mac OSX client.

 

It is great to have a solution that works cross platforms, but it is SOOOOO annoying and frustrating when functionalities differ.

 

If I may add, text editing with Mac client (5.2.1) is still a bit painful (erratic formating behaviour, event with paste w/ simplify). It is odd for a text editing application that is used to take quick notes : I can capture informations in a flash, but then I spend minutes to deal with formating. Please, dear developers, have mercy for Mac users.   :)

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Shame on Evernote for not even responding to these posts. No one from Evernote has chimed in since Evernote Product Manager Jackolicious "noted" the request more than a year ago.

 

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 03:14 PM

Note. Thanks. 

My TwitterCheck out our Knowledgebase  our guides here: Mac or WindowsStill need help? Submit a support request here.

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This is a user forum - if you want to get an official response then open a support ticket.

 

Jack's a decent bloke so he comes on here and he posts sometimes, he reads a lot but there is no expectation that he will respond to any particular thread.

 

I'm guessing that as there have been major releases on a number of platforms recently that haven't included this functionality that it isn't high on the list.

 

Edit: And there he goes.....

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Any plans to address this.  I suppose there is always the option of an applescript, but never been much satisfied with the results.  

 

Maybe i'll have at go at injecting a more intimate fix over the weekend with f-script, worth a try, and hey, how difficult can it be?  Will share result if successful.

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Jackolicious - how can it be this very simple but essential function (note: I didn't call it a feature) has not been added to release after release?  This is essential functionality of the product.  Please elevate the priority of this request.  This has drug out too far.

 

Apologies for the venting, but you have to admit - this is kind of silly how long this is taking.

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+1.  Find and Replace has been a standard part of text editing since … before PopDos?  (It's _so_ standard that a search for "OS X find replace" turns up programs which search and replace across multiple files.  _This Web form_ is more sophisticated than Evernote's Note editor:

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There are several work-arounds.  Here are two:

 

"Evernote ▹ Services ▹ New TextEdit Window Containing Selection".  Then in TextEdit "Edit ▹ Find ▹ Find & Replace".  The copy all and paste back over selection in Evernote.  (I have this Service; not sure where I got it.)

 

Use Keyboard Maestro, which has an action for searching and replacing the system clipboard contents.

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Oh my gosh yes. I use Evernote to easily group all of my creative writing drafts and notes, and I just discovered today that there is no Find and Replace. It has completely tipped my apple cart today, and made me copy everything into MS Word just to do that, and copy it back - way too much time for something so simple, and a huge break in my workflow. 

 

I would LOVE to see this come to Evernote. I'm not sure it's really complete note software without such basic functionality. It'd be so silly if *this* is the dealbreaker for Evernote in my creative software life, since I love it to death for everything else. But I don't really want to do this again, ha.

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Any update on this request being implemented? Yet again I need up update/change a bunch of names in files and I am having to manually copy/paste/search/replace/copy/past/reset formatting for each note.

 

Can we get an update, even something as simple as "Not currently being looked at" or "It is being reviewed".

 

I love Evernote but the lack of search/replace is just becoming to painful to keep using. For me right now the only feature I can't easily replace is the web-clipping but that would be easier to work around than not having search and replace.

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@cybrhippy: Here's another workaround, which may address your need to find-and-replace across multiple files:

http://www.wikihow.com/Edit-the-HTML-of-Evernote-Notes-on-a-Mac

I tested it (edited a file at /Users/<me_on_mac>/Library/Application Support/Evernote/Accounts/<me_on_evernote>/content/p<numbers>/content.html after quitting out of Evernote) and it worked.

If you use something like BBEdit (or any other app that allows you to search-and-replace across multiple files in nested folders), you should be able to make the global changes you need.

But wow: that's heading deep into http://alternativeto.net/software/evernote/?platform=mac (search for alternatives to Evernote on Mac) territory.

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+1. Scratching my head about this. How often I wish I had this no brainer feature in Evernote. Instead have to do cut and paste to TextEdit, do find&replace there and cut and paste back to Evernote. Surely someone in the 70s could have programmed this feature, right? 

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This is not the first time I stumble on something very basic with evernote.

AFAIR, a while ago it was not possible to search for substrings (only full words, or beginning of words, but not middle parts or endings). 

 

+1 for a steady step to 21th century and implementing Search and Replace. Go-go-go evernote, we know, you can do it. Or can you? ;)

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This is insane. Find and Replace is basic text editor functionality. This is just another example of why I am always on the lookout for an Evernote replacement: All new features, no fit and finish.

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Find and Replace is basic text editor functionality.

 

When you type in the search field, the search is performed against all your notes, plus inside attached images, PDFs and office documents. This is not basic text editor functionality.

 

Please be assured that we read the forums and are aware of the request.

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It is utterly contemptible of Evernote to not include Find and Replace in the Mac version. You're forcing us to open Word, Pages or TextEdit, to complete a basic action. I don't see how your reply to Calion fits, Adjusting - he's right - in 2014, this is a basic function of all text editors and therefore should be included. Please tell me which great feature of Evernote I could use instead of Find and Replace? Let's see...in 5.4.3 you added the ability to ROTATE A PDF DOCUMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF A NOTE.... will that do it? 

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Find and Replace is basic text editor functionality.

 

When you type in the search field, the search is performed against all your notes, plus inside attached images, PDFs and office documents. This is not basic text editor functionality.

 

Please be assured that we read the forums and are aware of the request.

 

 

...that's why text editors don't use the same code for Find and Find & Replace.

 

I'll purchase a year of Evernote premium for the first forum reader who can name a text editor written in the last decade that does not support Find & Replace but does support bold text (as an example). 

No fair writing your own feature-free editor.

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OBVIOUS MISSING THINGS THAT STILL PI** OFF MAC USERS BECAUSE EVERNOTE IS A ***** COMPANY:


  • No Find and Replace for Mac OSX
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Another +1 desperately needing find and replace in note - especially since some recent(ish) update of the Mac client has started doing weird (too clever for it's own good) things with my speech marks when I paste in (programming) code and queries - thus totally breaking them when I paste them back out... and I can't even do a find and replace to fix the speech marks. 

 

Meh.

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Even after one year no reasonable respond from evernote. They keep quiet and go on with the next feature.

And they want Evernote to be used in school, business....????

 

How come that the Editor in Forum has the feature "find and replace"?

 

Think different ?

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Hi Evernote, happy new year, when are you going to give Mac users Find and Replace? Can we get someone to give us a decent answer? Do you even have product managers? All we get is your team being rude to us

 

Us: "Hello ever note, can we have a common and useful feature available on OS X"?

Evernote : "Uh this is off-topic"

 

Why can't you be cool for a change

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Hi Evernote, happy new year, when are you going to give Mac users Find and Replace? Can we get someone to give us a decent answer? Do you even have product managers? All we get is your team being rude to us

 

Us: "Hello ever note, can we have a common and useful feature available on OS X"?

Evernote : "Uh this is off-topic"

 

Why can't you be cool for a change

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This is not the only limitation with EN.

About 2 years ago I sent a whole list with limitations but EN staff has deleted it

They do not accept criticism

Tables is also quite annoying. It is not usable in its present state.

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Since Evernote now is providing official support to all users via Twitter, you might post your request on Twitter @evernotehelps.  Let me suggest a hashtag of #FindAndReplace

Uh, no. Evernote is a $300 million company. They have acquired 5 other companies. They have their own app eco-system marketplace.

If Phil, Dave and Co. can't be bothered to listen to their users in their own forums, I see zero value in "reaching out" to them to ask for a feature that I'm pretty sure was in Lotus Notes. 

I've paid for the pro version in the past, but not now. Migrating out...

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Since Evernote now is providing official support to all users via Twitter, you might post your request on Twitter @evernotehelps.  Let me suggest a hashtag of #FindAndReplace

Uh, no. Evernote is a $300 million company. They have acquired 5 other companies. They have their own app eco-system marketplace.

If Phil, Dave and Co. can't be bothered to listen to their users in their own forums, I see zero value in "reaching out" to them to ask for a feature that I'm pretty sure was in Lotus Notes. 

I've paid for the pro version in the past, but not now. Migrating out...

 

 

Of course, you can certainly leave Evernote, but... JMichael's suggestion is a good one if you want to get an answer from an Evernote employee. The response on Twitter is fast and you will get the straight scoop from an actual employee. It is an attractive option especially since Evernote dropped support on the Evernote website for the free users.

 

This forum is mainly a forum for just the users. Occasionally someone from Evernote will drop by, but it is a gamble if they decide to respond to your question.

 

If the Twitter fast response continues, I expect more and more users will migrate over to twitter for assistance.

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Since Evernote now is providing official support to all users via Twitter, you might post your request on Twitter @evernotehelps.  Let me suggest a hashtag of #FindAndReplace

Uh, no. Evernote is a $300 million company. They have acquired 5 other companies. They have their own app eco-system marketplace.

If Phil, Dave and Co. can't be bothered to listen to their users in their own forums, I see zero value in "reaching out" to them to ask for a feature that I'm pretty sure was in Lotus Notes. 

I've paid for the pro version in the past, but not now. Migrating out...

 

 

Of course, you can certainly leave Evernote, but... JMichael's suggestion is a good one if you want to get an answer from an Evernote employee. The response on Twitter is fast and you will get the straight scoop from an actual employee. It is an attractive option especially since Evernote dropped support on the Evernote website for the free users.

 

This forum is mainly a forum for just the users. Occasionally someone from Evernote will drop by, but it is a gamble if they decide to respond to your question.

 

If the Twitter fast response continues, I expect more and more users will migrate over to twitter for assistance.

 

Actually no – @evernotehelps just tells us to post here. See "Go pound sand".

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Since Evernote now is providing official support to all users via Twitter, you might post your request on Twitter @evernotehelps.  Let me suggest a hashtag of #FindAndReplace

Uh, no. Evernote is a $300 million company. They have acquired 5 other companies. They have their own app eco-system marketplace.

If Phil, Dave and Co. can't be bothered to listen to their users in their own forums, I see zero value in "reaching out" to them to ask for a feature that I'm pretty sure was in Lotus Notes. 

I've paid for the pro version in the past, but not now. Migrating out...

 

 

Of course, you can certainly leave Evernote, but... JMichael's suggestion is a good one if you want to get an answer from an Evernote employee. The response on Twitter is fast and you will get the straight scoop from an actual employee. It is an attractive option especially since Evernote dropped support on the Evernote website for the free users.

 

This forum is mainly a forum for just the users. Occasionally someone from Evernote will drop by, but it is a gamble if they decide to respond to your question.

 

If the Twitter fast response continues, I expect more and more users will migrate over to twitter for assistance.

 

 

 

 

Since Evernote now is providing official support to all users via Twitter, you might post your request on Twitter @evernotehelps.  Let me suggest a hashtag of #FindAndReplace

Uh, no. Evernote is a $300 million company. They have acquired 5 other companies. They have their own app eco-system marketplace.

If Phil, Dave and Co. can't be bothered to listen to their users in their own forums, I see zero value in "reaching out" to them to ask for a feature that I'm pretty sure was in Lotus Notes. 

I've paid for the pro version in the past, but not now. Migrating out...

 

 

Of course, you can certainly leave Evernote, but... JMichael's suggestion is a good one if you want to get an answer from an Evernote employee. The response on Twitter is fast and you will get the straight scoop from an actual employee. It is an attractive option especially since Evernote dropped support on the Evernote website for the free users.

 

This forum is mainly a forum for just the users. Occasionally someone from Evernote will drop by, but it is a gamble if they decide to respond to your question.

 

If the Twitter fast response continues, I expect more and more users will migrate over to twitter for assistance.

 

Actually no. – @evernotehelps just tells us to post here. (see: https://twitter.com/evernotehelps/status/603978255805227008)Aka: "Go pound sand".

 

EXACTLY. While I appreciate your attempt at helpfulness User Numbers, I'm afraid you misunderstand the heart of my concern. I don't WANT to talk to an Evernote employee. I shouldn't NEED to talk to an Evernote emplyee. I didn't come to this forum to engage in dialogue. I came here because I wanted to do a simple -- SIMPLE -- find and replace, and was astounded to discover that the Evernote Mac client simply doesn't support this basic decades old functionality. What is the point of taking notes in a computer if i can't automate repeatable tasks?

This is not an open-source project. We are not opening issues on Github and submitting pull requests. This is an honest to God for-profit proprietary product that's been on the market for SEVEN YEARS. No find-and-replace in a Note Taking App? Unacceptable.
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Actually no – @evernotehelps just tells us to post here. See "Go pound sand".

 

Not exactly.  @evernotehelps did tell you that it is "being considered".  That's actually a lot more commitment that you will usually get from Evernote in these forums.

 

You might also consider including a link back to this thread/your post here in your tweet.

 

@moskovich I don't have an answer but can confirm that it's being considered. I encourage you to post on the forum: http://bit.ly/1sFzREb 

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 I came here because I wanted to do a simple -- SIMPLE -- find and replace, and was astounded to discover that the Evernote Mac client simply doesn't support this basic decades old functionality. What is the point of taking notes in a computer if i can't automate repeatable tasks?

This is not an open-source project. We are not opening issues on Github and submitting pull requests. This is an honest to God for-profit proprietary product that's been on the market for SEVEN YEARS. No find-and-replace in a Note Taking App? Unacceptable.

 

Very well said. My astonishment / frustrations are identical. This is not some esoteric feature. It's like missing the "crop" feature in a photo editing app. 

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I've been using evernote for 5 years, can't believe it's taken until now to realize there's no replace. please add

 

I love that a feature you haven't missed for 5 years is really that key to you?

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