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Read-Only Option for Notes


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Count me among the premium users who would like this option.

I have a good number of notes which are there only for reference purpose, and where I frequently have to copy values out of the note. It's very easy to accidentally paste instead.

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41 minutes ago, PinkElephant said:

If you really change it accidentally, you can always use note history to go back to a prior version of the note.

I can look at note history once I catch the error/if I catch the error, sure.

I had one case where I provisioned the wrong source image on half a dozen servers because I'd previously overwritten one UUID with another. One string of 32 base-16 characters looks like another at a glance.

Edit: Also, note history has limitations. It's only captured every eight hours, right? So values entered and destroyed within an 8 hour interval are lost unless the user hasn't closed the note and is able to find it in local undo/redo.

On the whole, "locking" just seems like a helpful feature if there are a good number of users who are using part of Evernote for reference material, not only live docs. It might even make sense to allow Notes to inherit lock status from the Notebook level.

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I don't know what the Big Deal is.... merely have a Read-Only (default) toggle in the corner somewhere. 
This would be in parallel with the history.
There may be times when adjustments need to be met, so click on the 'Read Only' toggle to 'Edit Mode' and make your adjustments, then toggle back to 'Read Only'.

The history is still valid; but it shouldn't be the only fallback of an accident.
 

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On 3/25/2021 at 5:00 AM, Goodbye Evernote said:

First asked for in 2011 (10 YEARS AGO), why is this feature still not available?

See ya!! I'm off to OneNote.

I don’t think you’ll have what you’re looking for.  I think you can lock a whole section (in the classroom version) but don’t think you can protect a page. 

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On 9/4/2018 at 1:03 PM, Shane D. said:

Hi All,

You may have noticed that all threads requesting the ability to lock notes and make them read only have been merged into this thread, regardless of platform specificity. 

SO.... THAT WAS 2018, WHAT  IS THE ANSWER NOW? I JUST ACCIDENTALY MODIFIED ONE NOTE.

 

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Tried edit protection (on mobile, in settings) yet ?

In general there is note history, running for all accounts. Yes, it runs on Free as well.

Just the access is a paid feature - so in case you need to recover a prior version, it is a month of Personal, and you are good to go.

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18 minutes ago, Vojkan Cvijanovic said:

10+ years and you still haven't implemented this simple, but very useful feature. Shame on you Evernote.

? According to other posts in this thread the feature is already available...

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I find the OS 'undo' and Note History functions,  plus my own local backups more than enough anyway,  but if there's no other option,  you could always open another notebook and share the 'protected' notes from one to the other as read only.

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Probably it is more the forum software that converts us all into well behaving citizens here … the forum is provider driven.

About changes: In most cases note history allows to undo unwanted changes - especially those that may have happened a while ago.

I am not against a read-only option. I just had up to now no case ever (!) in my years of using EN where this would have done me any good. If a change went wrong, it always was in a note I would not write protect in the first place.

And again, then there is note history, to heal my fat finger syndrome.

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2 minutes ago, PinkElephant said:

the forum software that converts us all into well behaving citizens here …

I may be reading a different forum...  :D

3 minutes ago, PinkElephant said:

I am not against a read-only option. I just had up to now no case ever (!) in my years of using EN where this would have done me any good.

100% agree...

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On 4/1/2021 at 8:54 PM, lost_gweedo said:

I don’t think you’ll have what you’re looking for.  I think you can lock a whole section (in the classroom version) but don’t think you can protect a page. 

You definitely can. It was possible (although quite cumbersome) to do that using Filterize. But now  filterize is out of business.

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I would find this really useful - even so that when I'm presenting a seminar or teaching that I can scroll through my note and not accidentally drag something around, delete it, change it etc..   For me, I'd like this for all platforms. I'm also thinking it would be particularly useful on a mobile app, as I don't want the keyboard to appear on screen when I'm teaching from a note - and if it is locked I'm guessing that the keyboard wouldn't appear (and hopefully the toolbar would be gone too to give more space for content).

Thanks for considering!

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Just for the record,  and in case anyone is in any doubt - Filterize is now continuing with new investors,  so their note locking services are still (and will continue to be) available. 

Also for various specialised tasks like presenting @HannahP let's not forget that free accounts are freely (pun intended) available - work and personal details can be kept completely separate in different accounts,  and it's even feasible that presentations could have their own completely separate account(s). 

Not a complete answer I know,  but if you have a concern I'm sure there's more than one way to cover it.  

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18 hours ago, gazumped said:

Just for the record,  and in case anyone is in any doubt - Filterize is now continuing with new investors,  so their note locking services are still (and will continue to be) available. 

Also for various specialised tasks like presenting @HannahP let's not forget that free accounts are freely (pun intended) available - work and personal details can be kept completely separate in different accounts,  and it's even feasible that presentations could have their own completely separate account(s). 

Not a complete answer I know,  but if you have a concern I'm sure there's more than one way to cover it.  

Thanks for this. Are you referring to free accounts for Filterize (never heard of this before) or Evernote? I have one account with Evernote that I pay for. I am happy to have all my details in this one account - it's only so that when I'm teaching from my own notes I don't keep having a keyboard popping up if I'm on the app, or accidentally move text around when trying to scroll when I'm on the laptop.

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@HannahP - Sorry,  I missed out the 'Evernote' in front of Free accounts.  For information:  Filterize did have a free level,  though they have a new payment structure now so I'm not sure if it's still available.  Filterize does (kinda) what it says in the name,  in that it filters new or edited notes as they sync to your account.  I have some emails forwarded directly to my Evernote account,  as well as my own clips and copies and imported files.  Filterize now sorts all of these for me into the correct notebook(s) and tags them appropriately.  It also keeps some dashboard tables of contents updated with any new entries like my ToC's for tasks due 'today or earlier',  'next week' and 'future'.  It's like having an assistant to help keep your notes up to date.  It does lots,  including setting a lock on notes if you require it.

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+1 please I'd love to have a lock note feature, specially for those notes with task itens, because if you missclick the task(to mark as completed/not completed) it will start the edit mode bringing keyboard up and since on mobile phones screens are small it is annoying, I would love to have some read-only view of the note with the possibility to only tick/untick the task.

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18 hours ago, Alfredo Morales said:

When are we getting this option? This is too basic not to have it yet…

Hi.  Evernote don't pre-announce new features.  We don't know whether it will ever be available, and with several easy work-arounds 200M+ users have managed to cope for the last decade without it...

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You are a spokesperson for Evernote?

Just because you choose to "cope without it" doesn't mean people cannot request it. It's a highly sought after feature that has been asked for time and time again.

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2 minutes ago, TechGuy said:

You are a spokesperson for Evernote?

Just because you choose to "cope without it" doesn't mean people cannot request it. It's a highly sought after feature that has been asked for time and time again.

Nope,  just another user;  and since you're posting in a forum with 5 pages of requests and 282 votes I got the point that it's popular.

Lessee - assuming there are another 10 forums out there with a similar number of requests,  that would mean in total,  roughly 2 in every 100 thousand current users has expressed an interest in it so far.  It's also not the most requested feature by a long way.

It's perfectly fine to make the request - I was just taking issue with the 'too basic not to have' comment.  There is,  to be fair some protection on mobiles against accidental change,  and some third party apps like Filterize will 'lock' a note against change - but they have probably been mentioned here already.

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The focus of these requests have been on the mobile clients (maybe a cure for a special version of „fat finger syndrome“).

EN has introduced with v10 a feature called „edit protection“ in the apps settings, notes. When active you need to tap twice to switch a note into edit mode. You can activate it any time - it will affect all notes.

I don’t think they will add something other than this - and telling to „re-think your subscription“ here will do nothing to make EN „re-think“ anything - the forum is user2user …

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How come this has been continuing for years and the Developers refuse to incorporate a lock feature to allow for great user experience? 

I mean, what's the problem?  This is kind of silly at this point that it's not even being done no matter the hundreds upon hundreds (possibly thousands) of requests over the years.

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1 hour ago, GeetheReal said:

the Developers refuse to incorporate a lock feature to allow for great user experience? 

Hi.  Unless you can point to a post that I certainly haven't seen yet,  the developers haven't ever 'refused' to incorporate anything.

1 hour ago, GeetheReal said:

it's not even being done no matter the hundreds upon hundreds (possibly thousands) of requests over the years.

There appear,  from this thread,  to have been 286 requests in 11 years.  Again,  I must have missed the 'thousands' of requests somehow.

Plus - the post directly above yours points out that a 'lock' process is now available.  Is that somehow inappropriate for your needs?  Perhaps you could explain how it might be improved...

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I think the main problem is that some forum users read an interesting (click baiting) thread title, go to that thread, don’t realize that it is very old, describing a software long deprecated, jump right to the end and add their voice to the chorus of users stripped off their constitutional rights by ignorant developers / managers / other forum users (or something close to it, underline your choice).

Forgot something ? Yes, maybe to read through the thread, at least the last page, before posting themselves …

About this specific thread: It is mainly about the mobile clients, a solution has been introduced in app settings, a user just needs to activate it, problem solved, thread closed (should be).

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