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My problem is that the desktop client doesn't find relevant notes. I search for word "literal" and it shows only 1 result however Web client and Android client shows more (actually all 4 of them). Desktop client shows only one which was created last year, but doesn't show the other 3 which are more recent.

Do you have any idea what the problem could be? How can it be solved?


Thanks in advance,



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OK - before you go any further please backup the databases folder which should be at  C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Evernote\Evernote\Databases - zip or copy it to your desktop.


Now.  With Evernote running,  press and hold Ctrl and click help.  You'll see a longer than usual help menu,  including Recreate Full Text Search Index.  That can take some time,  and may or may not help;  but if the search difference is a problem,  then it's worth a try.


The second option - if that doesn't work (and provided you have no local notebooks or unsynced notes) - is to File > Exit Evernote and rename the databases folder (to databases.old) then restart Evernote.  Your database (and the index) will be recreated from the server.  Again,  takes a bit of time if you have lots of notes.

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