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I don't know how long we have been waiting for this feature to happen. I don't understand why this has still not been implemented, it has been asked for multiple times by several users in this forum, like we can see in this old thread: 

It cannot be that hard Evernote? It appears that the layout is already in place on the HTML for implementing this, so why have you not given us this very useful function?

It is a pain to administer a long note used for investigative purposes in Evernote because we don't have the ability to create an internal TOC inside a note. This is one of the main reasons I use Evernote, to gather information about a specific topic and register it in one note. You cannot expect that we use a notebook for every topic we investigate so that we can use the TOC function that is available today and only works for indexing separate notes?

I do not want to use cumbersome third party services like the ones described in that old forum thread for creating TOCs within a note, this services never integrate seamlessly with Evernote and require that you give them access to your Evernote credentials, something that I don't feel comfortable with as I also have sensitive information on some of my notes.

What do we have to do to get this implemented? I have been a premium user for more than 3 years and really hope that Evernote could listen to their customers.

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Hi.  I understand your frustration,  but while Evernote does listen to its customers, this is only one of several platforms from which they get feedback,  and their current 'to do' list is probably a couple of thousand items long.  They're fixing bugs,  improving key systems where Support requests indicate they're not working properly,  and introducing or developing new features so that they can maintain their position in the marketplace.  User requests for extra bells and whistles also get in there,  but they have to be requests that benefit a big section of their audience.  Your suggestion may be too niche for them to give it a high priority.

Evernote don't do anyone any favors either,  by steadfastly not responding to this sort of exchange.  They won't (in most cases) confirm whether or not they're working on it,  or have dismissed it as too specialist.  I understand why - they don't want to give competitors advance notice of new features so they can start developing their own versions quickly.  But it is annoying.

I've developed a different workflow for my own research,  which works pretty well - I keep my notes short,  often one clipped page or photo long,  plus my own comments.  Multiple notes per project are tied together because I have a 'project control note' which lists a standard title format for each note.  I'll use yyyymmdd - project name - clip source - content keyword(s) as the title,  and have a saved search for intitle:"project name"

Each time I run the saved search,  I generate my current table of contents for the research and can instantly see my notes in date order. (The sort is saved for that search)

When I'm generating a report on something I'll do something similar,  this time with a title yyyymmdd - project name - report - content keyword(s).  I can run my search as intitle:"project name" intitle:report to see a list of report sections.

I can use the Evernote Table of Contents feature to produce a note containing my list as links,  and then use cut and paste to change the order if I need to.

Not sure that's a 'work around' as such - I find it much easier working with small notes;  multiple notes can be open as individual windows,  and editing is easy and quick.  Even if Evernote introduce direct links immediately* I probably wouldn't change my process.  It passes the most important test: it works for me!

* I should note that while Evernote don't usually comment on work in progress,  they once - embarassingly - did post a couple of days after I said to someone "there's no way they're ever going to do this" to say "That <new feature> will be included in our next release".  Which is why I now carefully say they don't (usually) comment...  It also means you never know whether or not your requested feature will be in the next release.  I'm in the Beta programs for just that reason.

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As a workaround I use a PhraseExpress phrase such that when I hover over a word and press Ctrl-Shift-LeftMouse focus is transferred to the next instance of the word in the note.  I use underscore as a prefix to all of the links to avoid false positives.  FWIW.

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On 11/23/2017 at 5:32 AM, Thorz said:

I don't understand why this has still not been implemented, it has been asked for multiple times by several users in this forum, like we can see in this old thread: 

I don't have access to the priority list for the development work.
My notes tend to be short, so an internal TOC is not my priority
Users can indicate their support for a future request using the voting buttons in the top left corner of the discussion

If I needed it, I'd make use of scripting and the search feature
I also break my notes into sub-notes and make use of the note-linking feature

 

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Hi Evernote, after the dark theme, the best feature you can add is the ability to generate a "Table of Content" within a note, from titles and subtitles.
It's really hard to find a particular section in a long note without that table, you're kinda pushing us to use Google docs! 😕
Thanks,

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18 hours ago, Mahmoud Zalt said:

Hi Evernote, after the dark theme, the best feature you can add is the ability to generate a "Table of Content" within a note, from titles and subtitles.
It's really hard to find a particular section in a long note without that table, you're kinda pushing us to use Google docs! 😕
Thanks,

Hi.  I generally don't make long notes.  I make a series of short notes which I can find because of a common title or tag - like a project number or tag.  My 'diary' is a series of dozens of notes tied together by the standard word 'diary' in the title,  plus the date to which that note relates.  A saved search finds all the notes,  which are sorted in date order (from the title,  not the created date - I'm lazy sometimes,  and do this in arrears).  I can search for anything in the diary by including the title keyword + the search term,  and edit as necessary:  and if I need to print off a day,  a week,  or a month in one go,  that's pretty easy.

Not saying it wouldn't be handy to index a note,  but that ability depends on having identifiable header styles or anchor locations to search for,  and AFAIK Evernote haven't gotten around to including those yet.

Plus there are a bunch of bugs and little things like encryption and better print options that Evernote might need to work on - no knowing what priority they can give this.

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