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mac (Archived) REQUEST: Collect tagged inserts

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I use Evernote to take notes in all my meetings and I often find myself inserting a ToDo or other comment in my notes. I would love to be able to delimit these with come character(s) (perhaps double brackets?) and had the indexer collect them into a single note (perhaps with links back to their origin?). This way I could scan a single collection of all my ToDos and comments rather than search through many notes for them.

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Personally, I would not recommend putting all the To Do items into a single note. But there might be a work around.

The following works in Windows - sorry, but I'm not sure about the Mac.

1.) Left Panel - below Notebooks and below Tags - open the "Attributes" and click on "Contains", then "Unfinished to-do items". This will show you all the notes that contain an unfinished Check Box.

2.) Right click on the "Note List", select "Copy Note Links", then paste into a new note for review. The new note will contain active links to the titles of all notes that have an unfinished check box.

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It's probable an Applescript script could be worked up to do this. I think I heard of a search semantic that looked for checked boxes. Anyone?

Martin

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we know that Evernote has search parameters that you can use from within the Evernote application

todo:[true|false|*]

However, what we would like is to collect all todo's in one view. So, not all the notes containing the todo's, but a view/generated note with all todo's (just todo, not the note-text.

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No. Evernote works on a note-by-note basis when viewing; it does not have any options to show selected pieces of selected notes together. OK, one thought: if you structured each to-do as one to-do per note, and put the to-do as the very first line of the note, then using a filtered Snippet view might go partway to working around this.

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I agree with Bregman. I take notes in all my meetings and like having the context surrounding a to-do item. Unfortunately, this great ability to keep detailed notes comes with a real shortcoming related to task management. I would like to see two features:

  1. To compile all to-do items into one view, with most-recently-added at top, and with ability to link back to source for the context
  2. To tag a to-do item, essentially to assign it to someone

If there was one improvement I would make to Evernote, this would be it. Thanks for a great product!

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You can certainly compile all notes containing to-do items into a single view (Evernote parlance; there are three view types on the Windows client, e.g.: Snippet View, Thumbnail View and List View), but the granularity is on a note basis (meaning there's no way of identifying and pulling out individual pieces of notes), and there's no way to treat your selection as anything but a list of discrete notes (meaning that you can't treat it as a seamless whole). If you absolutely must have this functionality, about the best you are going to do, using Evernote that is, is to keep to maintain exactly one to-do item per note.

The usual line is that if you want a To-do list manager, you're better off using a dedicated program for that. Evernote is not such a program, and as far as we can tell, the Evernote folks have no intention of becoming one any time soon. That's not to say that there aren't third-party tools that use Evernote as a back end to do this sort of stuff.

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To tag a to-do item, essentially to assign it to someone

This is another reason to use a single to-do item per note.

It is easy to share the note URL for the specific note and assign it to a colleague.

Multiple to-do's in a single note are more difficult to manage.

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