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Simulating notebook sections

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I've been a casual user of Evernote for several years, but have never really got the hang of how to organise my stuff in it.  With the subscription changes last year, I ponied up for a paid-for account, and since then have making more of an effort to use it effectively.

However, I am still struggling with how best to organise things in Evernote. I frequently find myself wanting to have another tier of structure, below a notebook and above a note.  I have searched through these forums, and see a lot of people saying that isn't necessary, because you can do it all with tags, but I haven't yet found anyone saying *how* to do that.

Here's a particular scenario.  I take a bunch of adult education classes.  I am trying to have an Evernote stack which is all of my personal classes.  Each class has a notebook.  But I want a division below that, because otherwise I just end up with an unstructured mess of notes, clippings, web pages, PDFs, etc in that notebook that I can’t find my way around.  For example, in my current Corpus Linguistics notebook (class), I want a section that contains tips and notes and manuals about how to use the software tools we use on the class.  I can’t make them a single note, because I want/need to be able to clip various different web pages and stuff to refer to, and I can’t see how it’s possible to structure a note to have lots of web pages clipped into it.

Or should I be using the notebook as my section, so that every class has, say a dozen notebooks – one for each week or topic of the course, another one for software notes and manuals, and another for reading?  In that case the class would become a stack, but what do I then use as a level about the stack?  Where is the “shelf” where my all my different class stacks live?

Any suggestions on how to create the structure I want using the note->book->stack limitation, plus tags?

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I basically have a single Filing Cabinet notebook

The following is a sample tag structure.  You can also have shortcuts for quick access

Adult Education
     Personal Classes
           Corpus Linguistics
                Tips
                Notes
                Manuals

I acutally prefer applying two tags to the notes   tag:Corpus Linusitics tag:Tips
This way, the Tips tag can be used for other subjects
 

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I would like to find a way to structure my notes similar to what D-Nick is trying for. And what DTLow suggests, but without having to use Tags. 

For example, in my traditional paper-based office I have a filing cabinet drawer for Workshops. Within that drawer I have file folders for individual workshops. Within each file folder I have multiple pieces of paper that are the equivalent of notes (lists, maps, research material, etc.) 

Using Evernote, I want to be able to click on Workshops in the Notebooks section of the sidebar, then click on a workshop name to see all the notes that pertain to that workshop.

Is there a way to structure Evernote like this?  I really don't want to have to tag everything and then search on tags. 

 

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23 minutes ago, Greg Vaughn said:

For example, in my traditional paper-based office I have a filing cabinet drawer for Workshops. Within that drawer I have file folders for individual workshops. Within each file folder I have multiple pieces of paper that are the equivalent of notes (lists, maps, research material, etc.) 

Using Evernote, I want to be able to click on Workshops in the Notebooks section of the sidebar, then click on a workshop name to see all the notes that pertain to that workshop.

Is there a way to structure Evernote like this?  I really don't want to have to tag everything and then search on tags. 

Your traditional example had three levels; drawer > folder > document

Evernote has Stacks > Notebooks > Notes

As an alternative, there is a Tags feature.  On my Mac, I can organize the tags in an unlimited hierarchy;   Parent Tag > Child Tag > Child Tag > Child Tag > Child Tag > ....

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Thank you DTLow!  I did not know about Stacks and I did not see that feature in the basic Help FAQ on how to organize notes and notebooks. 

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6 hours ago, Greg Vaughn said:

Thank you DTLow!  I did not know about Stacks and I did not see that feature in the basic Help FAQ on how to organize notes and notebooks. 

Remember that there is a 250 notebook limit as you design your use case.

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I realize this post and its replies are several months old, but I have some follow-up questions, if someone can help. 

1.  DTLow mentioned they were able, on a Mac, to put tags in hierarchies.  Is that something possible only on a Mac, or is it an EN feature I should be able to find on Widnows app/website?  I have not seen anythign on it and would like to do it.  

2. I also saw that someone else talked just about applying multiple tags, which I can do, but I would like to get a visual of the hierarchy, so I can more easily ensure consistency of the hierarchy workaround and don't have to go through each note or each combination and manually check.  

Any perspective or direction is appreciated.

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