I recently had the same problem and went digging for information on Evernote search grammar. There's a great, comprehensive list found here: http://dev.evernote.com/doc/articles/search_grammar.php To solve your problem - you were so close (!) but just putting the hyphen in the wrong spot. To search for notes created in 2011, you would enter "created:20110101 -created:20120101" and that should edit out all notes created SINCE Jan 1, 2011 and BEFORE Jan 1, 2012. A little more complicated than it has to be, but at least gives us the flexibility to be more specific about dates rather than use the default search options. I'm with you, putting years in the title would be a lot of work that should be handled by the software. Hope that helps!