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Feature request: Add notes to multiple notebooks

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Just as you can add the same google doc to multiple folders, it would be great to add the same note to multiple notebooks.

Often I have notes that can apply to multiple in multiple notebooks, but at the moment I have to duplicate at time-X and then move the copy version to a different notebook. If I then make a change to the note at time-Y, it doesn't automatically update so I have to go and make this change again in the copy version. Frustrating when you just have 1 note to update, but awful when you have multiple.

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35 minutes ago, androojb said:

Often I have notes that can apply to multiple in multiple notebooks

You're using the wrong field for note organization.
Evernote supports two fields; Notebooks and Tags

As you discovered, notes are restricted to a single notebook assignment
Notes are allowed multiple tag assignments

I use notebooks to identify notes as private/shared, sync'd/local, default, offline
Tags are my primary organization tool

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It would not be great to put the same note into several notebooks. IMHO it would be the start of an information desaster.

The only way to do this without compromising the information integrity (= not creating duplicates) would be by linking one note into several notebooks.

EN does this sort of organisation, they just do not call it a „notebook“, they call it „tags“.

No need to replicate this again with notebooks.

Notebooks are just a help to get notes organized, and to group notes together that share the same properties, like being local (on desktop clients), being shared with others or being held offline (on mobile devices).

Beside this aspect, EN can perfectly work with just one notebook, and still be well organized - as long as one uses tags to get related things pinned together.

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Tags are not a solution here because 1) you can't nest them, 2) they're not the main point of organisation on the left-hand panel (notebooks are), and c) tags are likely to be far more numerous.

There's no reason you shouldn't be able to add the same note to multiple notebooks, or at minimum to create an alias for a notebook which could refer to the original notebook.

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5 hours ago, androojb said:

Tags are not a solution here

Tags are Evernote's primary solution for note organization, and the solution to multiple assignment to a note

The web platform is still missing many features available on the Windows and Mac platforms, but we're expecting this will be resolved over time

>>1) you can't nest them

Evernote supports unlimited hierarchy for Tags (Mac/Windows)
There is no support for notebook nesting

>>2) they're not the main point of organisation on the left-hand panel (notebooks are)

The sidebar displays trees for both notebooks and tags (Mac/Windows)

>>c) tags are likely to be far more numerous.

This is a user decision, but I don't see this as a downside

>>There's no reason you shouldn't be able to add the same note to multiple notebooks

Evernote uses notebooks to identify notes as private/shared or sync'd/local.  Not conducive to multiple assignments  

In addition to the UI, multiple assignment requires a database structure.  This structure has not been implemented for notebooks.

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3 hours ago, androojb said:

Tags are not a solution here because 1) you can't nest them,

Tags are most definitely nestable in the Evernote architecture, but that nestability isn't exposed on all platforms currently, unfortunately.. That is planned to change; see https://discussion.evernote.com/topic/120780-behind-the-scenes-improving-the-tag-experience-for-evernote-on-mobile/. But for that matter, notebooks are definitely not nestable in Evernote.

3 hours ago, androojb said:

There's no reason you shouldn't be able to add the same note to multiple notebooks, or at minimum to create an alias for a notebook which could refer to the original notebook.

But that entails a change to the rules and the architecture, and would force UI changes across all platforms,, so that right there is one reason: cost of implementation. Meanwhile, tags can already be used in this fashion -- i.e., multiple tags on a note -- and are also better supported by the search language as it exists today, so another reason would be needless replication of existing features.

 

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