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How to use a lined (and ruled) background in Evernote


KanePro

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Hello,

 

For quite a while now I've wanted to have lined paper (preferably ruled and indented) as my Evernote note background, mainly because staring at large white spaces on the screen when typing begins to hurt my eyes after a while - plus the lines make everything look that bit neater (in my opinion).

 

It's proved quite tricky and took a bit of repeated testing editing an image to get the spacing right. I've seen the request made for lined backgrounds a few times on here, and after achieving this following two days of playing about, I'd like to share how I did it for anybody who wants it.

 

Just a note that I use Evernote 3.2 on Mac (personal preference), but the following method works on the latest version too (you'll have to use the latest version to get the indent whichever version you use). You'll need to upload the image to your own or somebody else's server .

 

1) Download the following image

 

notepad.png

 

2) Copy the note link that you want lined paper on (right click > copy note link)

 

3) Connect your account to ENML http://enml-editor.ping13.net/ and paste in the link then hit 'edit'

 

4) On line 3, which should start with <en note .... etc> , replace that line with the following line:

 

<en-note style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; background-image: url(**insert image URL here**);">

 

5) Save the note, go back to your note in Evernote

 

This should make the lines appear. Note that I use Arial 12pt, which allows for the correct spacing between the lines, though you may also get away with Arial 13 (though I haven't tested this). I've tested with Arial 12 to a depth of around 14,000 words, and it retains the spacing perfectly - it's potentially infinitie but I have no need to go beyond that word length.

 

7) If you indent your writing (Format menu > text) it should go beyond the red vertical rule.

 

This gives me this:

 

spaced-evernote.png

 

Of course, stuff like inserting images throws a spacing spanner in the works and is something I've yet to combat. I assume keeping images a certain height will keep everything nicely spaced.

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A useful extension for some, but it is still in alpha stage. One should not be dependent on 1 font type & size only & one should be able to still insert images. Furthermore, the implementation is a bit convoluted, can it be simplified?

 

Agreed - it's far from ideal and will only suit those who aren't too adventurous with formatting, but it's the only way to do this that I'm aware of. Though I haven't tried it yet, I don't think images will be an issue - it'll be a trial and error case of trying a certain vertical height that retains the spacing.

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32 minutes ago, DNerd said:

Evernote just needs to offer a lined paper option in handwriting.  I see these options in free little apps all the time.

Moved to the feedback forum to be better addressed as a feature request.  Please indicate your support using the voting buttons in the upper left corner

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A useful extension for some, but it is still in alpha stage. One should not be dependent on 1 font type & size only & one should be able to still insert images. Furthermore, the implementation is a bit convoluted, can it be simplified?

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