Jump to content

Search Frustration in Evernote 5


Recommended Posts

I recently upgraded to Evernote 5 and with the new format I can't figure out how to streamline my searches. In the past, I could be in a particular notebook and start a search in just that notebook--narrowing with tags and keywords.


Now it seems I can ONLY start a search with ALL my notes--which means I have to remember the EXACT name of my notebook to narrow my search. It also seems to kick me back to searching all notebooks and notes if I click on the tags on the left.


I suppose that for someone with only a few notes or notebooks, this search function would be useful. But I have sooooo many notes and need to be able to narrow my search to a specific notebook like before.


Is there a functionality that I'm missing or a workaround that I haven't discovered yet? I miss what I had . . .

Link to comment
  • Level 5*

Is this the Windows desktop Evernote client, or the Windows Touch version? What version number are you running?


For the desktop client, you can start with a notebook, then narrow via tags or keyword by typing in the search control in the toolbar (e.g. "tag:work billing", etc.). Or you can narrow by tag selection by clicking on the tag icon in the search control over the note list. I do this all the time.


I don't know about the Windows Touch version.

Link to comment

It is the Windows Desktop client.


I know the kind of search you're talking about. I used to do it all the time too!


However, now the only search bar is over the note composition window--not in its old place above the note snippet view.


Wait . . . in my attempt to best describe my situation, I discovered something. If you click the search magnifying glass, you can choose "Search All Notes" (default) or "Search Current Context," which would search a specific notebook if I'm in that notebook.


THAT was the piece I was missing. Sheesh . . . I feel silly for missing it.


Although--in my defense--that was NOT intuitive, and I couldn't find ANY kind of documentation to help explain the change, which is pretty significant from Evernote 4.



Link to comment


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...