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  1. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could advise on how to open a note onto a new desktop on Mac automatically, please? When I use Evernote, it tends to be for note-taking from journal articles or from a web browser. Sometimes I'm dual-screening, but not always, which means I usually have the web browser/pdf file open on one half of the screen and an Evernote note on the other half of the screen. However, when I double-click on a note in the Evernote platform itself, it always opens it as a window in front of the Evernote platform, which is greyed out behind it. This means that to get the note onto a desktop where I can open the web browser/pdf file at the same time, I have to maximize the note to get it onto its own desktop, then minimize it so I can move windows around as I want. Does anyone know if it's possible to bypass that first step, please? It seems petty, but it really frustrates me that when I double-click on a note, it just opens it in the same desktop as the Evernote platform; that seems to defeat the whole purpose of double-clicking on it! Or am I just being incredibly lazy?
  2. This looks great! I have been trying to use Evernote as a to-do list manager but have just found it too clunky to manage items which don't have due dates. Off to try and figure out how to use it now. My only comment is that it would be great to have additional calendars such as Outlook as well. Right now I use two separate calendars - Google for home and Outlook for work (although if I COULD switch to Google for work, I would in a second...).
  3. Had the same error as well. I never usually bother using the keyboard shortcuts for Clipper so have just disabled those. Not willing to get rid of Clipper entirely as I use it a lot. It's the backtick key for me as well. Not a key I use often, but one I press accidentally a great deal, which is why it keeps occurring for me. I never clip from gmail anyway (I forward messages instead), so not really an issue for me.
  4. No, I can't see the PDFs in the note at all. Which I thought originally was fine, as with encrypted pdfs I have only ever seen a pdf with a blank front page in the Windows versino. But it doesn't appear as though they are there at all because there's no 'Open With' or doubleclick option to open them in Adobe Reader. I can't see them as an attachment as I can in the mobile and web-based browsers, I just have a black line and a seemingly empty note. In the Info: Attachment Status it states that "1 PDF has not been indexed". ETA: Okay, now I feel silly. I closed down Evernote properly by clicking File > Exit and now I have a 'Save Attachments' option which works correctly. Thanks and sorry!
  5. Hi, After some time away from Evernote, I have been catching up this weekend. I decided that I was going to take the plunge and put some sensitive(ish) pdfs into Evernote, but decided to encrypt and password protect the PDFs beforehand. Then I realised that there was an update and updated to v5 and later 5.0.3. I've just tried to return to those pdfs and discovered that none of them have been indexed, despite me syncing multiple times. Thankfully, they're available on the web-based version and also on my phone (so presumably also on my tablet), so the problem seems to be with the Windows version. Does anyone have any suggestions for how I might be able to resolve this, please? I'm just about to raise a support ticket, but wondered if I was just being clueless. The pdfs are of varying sizes. There's two or three of 4.3MBs as I combined a bunch of PDFs into one, but the same problem occurs with a pdf sized 8KB, so I don't think it's a size issue. Thanks in advance, hopefully!! I can reupload them if needed as I have the backups, but don't want to have to do the same every time I update Evernote...
  6. I'm old school. I like to mind map with a pen in my hand, so I just do it on a big whiteboard and snap a picture of it. With larger ones I'll use freemind.
  7. Thanks, this is a really interesting topic! I'm a relatively new user of Evernote. I've had it for about a year but have only around 750 notes, so it's good to see what you would all do differently. I've actually tried a few of your approaches beforehand, such as GrumpyMonkey's DDMMYY at the title of each note, but found that didn't work for me. More often I'm not looking for specific notes but rather something on a particular topic, so I find it most useful to preface each note with something like Call, Meeting, Email, Web Clip or PDF. I do intend to use Evernote more often from now on though, so I'll take note of how many PDFs I have in there. I'm a Zotero user as well, but I don't actually integrate the PDFs into Zotero. I find it makes it run too slowly. Instead I just enter the reference in there and keep PDFs in dropbox (organised alphabetically by lead author surname) and then put any notes on the article either straight into a word document or into Evernote if it's more generic reading. I suppose that's an example of using three technologies where one would suffice, but it works for me.
  8. Personally, I would consider replacing your stacks with notebooks and your individual notebooks with tags. Of course whatever works for you would work best, but that's something I learned after a few months of using Evernote. For example, I'm doing a PhD, and I used to have different notebooks for each chapter. I found myself getting irritated when I'd think of an idea and have to decide whether to tag it as literature review or discussion. Similarly I found myself wondering what to do when having meetings about multiple projects at work - I really didn't want to have to create separate notes for each project! Here's my system now, if it helps: !Inbox - this also functions as my to-do list. I'd consider amalgamating yours, too unless you use your inbox differently than me. My inbox is basically where things go until I have a few minutes to consider where to save them. Or things I'm waiting on, for example an email cofirmation of a purchase will go there until I can see the correct amount has appeared on my bank balance and the item has arrived. Phd - Everything that is even vaguely to do with the PhD. It's tagged per thesis chapter and overarching themes as well. Home - Everything non-sensitive for home. Also a few sensitive documents when I know their loss (i.e. fire) would be a huuuuuuuuuge hassle to replace without any kind of copy. Sensitive (local, saved just to laptop) - Everything sensitive for home, e.g. credit card statements. Recipes - Pretty specific, but I clip a LOT of recipes and it was getting impossible to see anything non-recipe related in the 'Home' notebook so it got its own. Work - Self-explanatory. Boss, colleagues and projects get their own tags. Notebook (original, I know) - everything else. This basically serves the same function as your 8th stack. I'd definitely look at turning this into one notebook - for example, what happens if you have a tip on gtd? Or a webclip that's also a tip? Ultimately your system is pretty awesome and the kind of thing that you'd have in a filing cabinet, and it still works for a lot of people. Personally my issue with filing cabinets was that I could never decide what drawer to put things in, which is why Evernote and its tags work so well for me.
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