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  1. Sadly boiler95's method doesn't work for me. If I attempt to uninstall the current version I get an "install server not responding" message. Reinstalling the current version on top of the current installation doesn't help. Do I need to uninstall manually or something?


    Where is the update thread that Gazumped refers to?



  2. 20 hours ago, jefito said:

    Unfortunately, this is a bad, or at least misguided feature in the Windows client, for a several reasons:

    • It's a global setting: you cannot choose to make a search be a subtag search if the option is off, and you cannot choose to make a search be an exact (i.e., no subtags) if it's on
    • The search semantics (i.e., results you get) when the option is on will not match the results in any other client, and also do not match the documented search language (https://dev.evernote.com/doc/articles/search_grammar.php). So your saved searches may not work the same on non-Windows cients.
    • If you are adding tags by choosing tags by clicking them from a list with the option on, you can get a big surprise if you add tags that have subtags: all of the subtags are added explicitly to the search (i.e., you see them in the search info), *and* it turns your search automatically into an ANY search, even if it was an AND search (the default). Surprise!

    I'd say that this works much less than perfectly. I  think that someone on the Windows team thought that with would be a clever hack, but it was far too clever for its own good. A much better way to have implemented this would have been to add a way to specify subtag search in the search language (e.g., via something like a +tag:AParentTag term) , and support it everywhere so that searches work the same on all device types. Then you could use it, or not, in specific searches, and also achieve a new set of AND/OR searches by specifying a subtag search term in a standard AND search, much like wildcarded text searches in Evernote work.

    It's not a feature I personally use for many of the reasons you outline. If I do need to select all the child tags I manually select them by clicking the parent tag and then shift + clicking the last child tag in the list and then changing "all" to "any" in the search details. 

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  3. When this first happened to me I thought I was going mad! I can confirm that both the work arounds described above also work for me:

    • Open the note containing the link in a new window and then proceed as normal
    • Right click the link and choose "Open in New Window" or just shift-click.

    I  didn't understand the comment by DTLow that:


    There's more discussion in the 6.21 release notes

    There doesn't seem to be anything relevant in Help -> Release Notes, but perhaps he meant something different.


  4. I found this thread as I was trying to solve the same problem. I too have concluded that there is no complete solution but I would offer the following suggestions which helped me. The main feature that a bookmark has that an article etc may not have is the URL in the text of the note. A clipped article will only have a URL in the body of the note if there was one there in the original website text. Secondly bookmarks are small. While i cannot find a way of searching  by size you can sort in order of size and save this view for the saved search (on Windows anyway). In addition a bookmark will not contain a pdf or a jpeg image (if an image is included it is in png format). So:

    source:web.clip* -resource:image/jpeg -resource:application/pdf http   

    and then sorting by size will at least help. For me it went from 1094 notes just searching on source:web.clip to 234 of which about 90% were genuine bookmark notes; at the top of the list they all were. Once you've used the saved search you can then add additional search criteria (e.g. tags, text etc) in the search box to find what it is that you are looking for. 

    The best solution is probably to remember to add a tag (e.g "bookmark") when you clip, but for going back over existing notes or as a check that you've remembered to tag, this search might be useful.

    Edit: My more recent notes seem to have the source web.clip7 instead of web.clip. I have therefore amended the search to include source:web.clip*


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  5. This sometimes work - see my suggestion number 2 above. However, in my experience, formatting is not always preserved. Also if the html has links to other files (eg images) you don't get the images in the html document. Using the copying tools within the Windows version of EN, for the files I need to copy, is the most reliable method I've come across so far (see my suggestion 3 above)

  6. I've also struggled with this.  I have a script that generates an html file that i want to save to Evernote. In the end I resorted to uploading to a web site and clipping from there. That only works because I have a website I can upload to and the contents of the file are not confidential. I've just discovered option 3 below and that seems to work for my file!

    Here are some other possible workarounds. The problem with most of them as that the formatting is messed up. Some of these may only work on Windows. 

    1. Copy and paste the contents of the html file into a new note

    2. Use the windows upload folder feature. Just place the html file into the folder. This only works if it is a self contained file without links to images etc

    3. Use the Evernote windows clipper accessed from the EN icon at the bottom right of the screen.


    If you highlight the html file you can then copy it directly into EN using the options found by right clicking the icon. In my experience this is most likely to preserve formatting. It can be achieved quite quickly with ctrl-A to copy and win-shift-A to paste directly into EN





  7. I don't remember that being an option in the past - I also hate the very ignorable "Reminders" at the top of the note list. I don't really use reminders at all but put a link to the note that I want to be reminded about as a task in my task manager (Todoist). This fits with my personal philosophy that all tasks are in Todoist and information is in Evernote. Would a shortcut to a saved search help? For example the search text:


    will bring up all notes with a reminder set for today or later. You could at least arrange for that to be at the top of your shortcuts in the left hand pane. Other search options are here

  8. If you are not seeing a reminder date on a note in the windows client but there is a reminder date on the same note on your phone that sounds like a problem with the windows data base. You could confirm this by checking the note in the web client.

    If you press Ctrl and Help in the Windows client you will get a number of troubleshooting options. I would try something like "Fix all notes" and see if that helps. I recently had to use the "Recreate full text search index" because EN was not finding a note I knew was there. Now it works. 

  9. Unfortunately I find Jane Does approach a little inconsistent. Sometimes it doesn't copy embedded pictures etc. html is one of the three text based formats (the others are txt and rtf) that Evernote renders as the body of the note if you simply drop the file into Evernote (or use the import folder in the windows desktop version). Unfortunately, again, this doesn't always include embedded content like pictures.

    The most reliable approach I have found (for stand alone html files with the content embedded) is to copy the html file to Dropbox. View the file on the Dropbox website interface (open in a new tab to avoid all the dropbox clutter) and then to use the EN webclipper from there. Unfortunately the webclipper doesn't work on local files


  10. I know this post is a bit old but I found it while searching with the same problem. There are various potential solutions that I have eventually discovered. Direct import of an html file (via the import folder in windows Evernote) only works for simple files and normally fails to include pictures and also changes the formatting. In my experience this is actually more likely to fail if you embed pictures etc in the file.

    My best solution is as follows: Save the html file to dropbox. Open the file on the dropbox web interface - you need to open in a new tab in order to see it without any dropbox clutter. You can then use the webclipper.

    Another solution that works is to cut and paste the file from chrome into gmail and then either use the webclipper from there or even better, if you are a premium user, e-mail into Evernote


  11. While I maintain that shorter notes and tags are the way to go (see my post above) I made a serendipitous discovery today. Alternote is a Chrome plugin which gives additional editing features for Evernote.  I use it mainly to make the cells of tables different colours. I discovered today that it has a fairly primitive "collapse child items" feature. It's by no means a complete solution but might be worth playing with.

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  12. 6 hours ago, nicobro88 said:

    Also, I think it would be a good idea if you could share more info about what you are trying to accomplish with this prototype and what you are focusing to improve. 

    I agree that some context would be useful. Meanwhile the new update to webclipper released today (6.9.2) seems to solve the problems I was having. I'm therefore also at a loss as to what this new version is trying to achieve - which makes me worry that we are going to be forced down a compulsory simplified text approach, where all our clips are going to be coerced into some bland house style. Please tell me I'm wrong!

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  13. Well the good news is that it seems to solve the scrambled text problem. Pages that are unreadable in clipper are ok. There is only a simplified view available at the moment, which would not suit my needs long term, so I hope EN are not ditching the range of options available in the current clipper.  The preview of the simplified view is very different from what you get in Evernote Windows, especially for tables.  The link below gives the original article (full screen from webclipper), a screen shot of part of the preview and the actual meister clipper version


    It is also very slow

    Perhaps rather than trying to mend something that you broke you should just revert back to the version before you broke it (6.7.1) and get on with fixing some of the other bugs that need sorting. 



  14. Here's two possible workarounds:

    1. Have each section as a separate note and then pull the whole thing together by creating a table of contents note. It's not exactly what you wanted and the main disadvantage is that you need to recreate the TOC note each time you add a new note. 
    2. Another similar approach is to have separate notes again and tag each one with the same tag. Searching for that tag (I suggest saving the search to make it just one click) would pull up all the notes. You could then easily click the one you wanted, especially if you organise notes alphabetically by title. This would be my preferred option. 

    I think Evernote works best when you have notes which are just little chunks of information and then create the hierarchy though tags, notebooks or tables of contents. It doesn't really create structures within a note.

  15. 3 hours ago, Piil said:

    I can see I'm not alone. I have experienced problems with webclipper frequently lately. An recent example is http://www.sas.com/en_us/insights/articles/analytics/practical-advice-for-better-business-forecasting.html.

    The problems both occurs with evernote add-on i Chrome for Windows and on firefox for android.

    Hope you soon get it fixed. Webclipper was my primary reason to chose evernote in the first place...

    I can confirm that clipping that web page also gives a garbled version for me.

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  16. Hi Everybody. You  may have seen this post:

    It would be great if as many contributors to this thread as possible could sign up for the prototype to make sure it solves our problems and give feedback to the developers. Personally, I'd be quite happy if I could get a non-updating version of Chrome version 6.7.1 which worked perfectly, but I guess that's not going to happen!




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    And if not, could you please suggest me good platforms for saving articles?

    I've reluctantly had to give up using webclipper, because checking that it is actually readable in Evernote and then going back and saving the information in another way is ridiculous. I can't understand why there is not more of an outcry about this. I would have thought that Chrome on windows 10 was a pretty common set up so if somebody has a way of actually getting it to work i would love to hear it.

    I now just copy and paste the content into a blank note. Works every time. Amazingly, it somehow knows the address of the article and automatically populates the URL field, so the clickable web address of the source article still appears at the top of the note.


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  18. This is getting silly. We've been waiting for a fix for over two and a half months. After some Googling I have managed to revert back to version 6.7.1 (March 2, 2016). Webclipper now seems to be working fine again.

    Then, off course, it automatically updates to version 6.9 and is completely useless again. Please can Evernote let us have a version of 6.7.1 that will not update as you seem to be no nearer to fixing the problem with more recent versions. (Manually editing the crx  manfest file to stop it updating runs into Chrome security problems)


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  19. Thanks weavrh. I was aware that there were workarounds (see my post  on the 31st May) and your post gives some really useful information. The chrome/Article (Jumbled) example is horrific! (For information It's just as bad on the windows desktop client). Amazingly, simply highlighting the text and copying and pasting it to an empty evernote note works perfectly. http://www.evernote.com/l/AT0OSbgOWtVL5r1gXplW6KgtfP0o9pf2Y9g/

    I'm personally not willing to accept that the webclipper is no longer able to do as good a job as it used to (ie before 7th April). Indeed, Evernote themselves said:

    On 27/05/2016 at 5:59 PM, chanatx said:

    @maud Yes, we're working on this and hope to have a full fix for it shortly.

    The webclipper is absolutely crucial to my workflow and, while I accept that highly formatted webpages might need a different approach, it used to capture most articles beautifully.

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