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other Plain Text ONLY Notes

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Please, please, please allow us to set a note as plain text only--so that it stays plain text no matter what. Currently, all my notes that I format as plain text are constantly getting various formatting when edited from different platforms and from pasting content on a platform that does not have paste as plain text.

 

I am suggesting a setting for a note that makes it plain text only (could even be a whole notebook). Thus if a note is set to plain text, you would not have to use "Paste As Plain Text" for that note and editing the note from any platform would not add formatting. Think: Windows Notepad--pasting content into it removes all formatting.

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I simply want to make an entire notebook plain-text only. I would use this for my coding and technical projects. Having to pick and choose pasting and formatting options each time I cut and paste into a note really slows down my workflows. Thanks!

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I use Evernote for collecting business-related notes that I subsequently use for invoicing. Having a plain-text only facility for Evernote would be greatly appreciated and would increase the utility of Evernote. Presently, I have to scrub the xml export files with a series of PERL scripts to remove all of the (unnecessary)  formatting before I can use the notes in another program.

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This request has been made so many times.  There must be some business reason they are refusing to do it.

 

The number of times someone has given long involved direction involving some other App is silly.

 

Workarounds are a drag, but for whatever reason, Evernote has chosen not to provide an easy way of doing plain text natively. There is no doubt that Evernote is aware that some users are requesting this feature, so It's always possible we might see a change to the editor in the future, but until then, we either put up with the current editor, or use a janky workaround.

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Check the edit menu, I can't remember what it is but they are using their own shortcut for some reason. 

 

They are using Alt+cmd+v no idea why they can't use the standard OS X combo.

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Moved to Evernote Feature Requests subforum, so that users may vote on this.

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Well. Seems I'll have to find an alternative. A pity, I just subscribed... I didn't know it wasn't plain text. And now, I keep having trouble with this *****... Lame !

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I took a quick look and Bear and Simplenote are worth checking out. Also, if you like markdown you could create a gitlab account and sync your notes ( manually though ) to multiple devices that way as long as you have git. 

 

You can do the same with gitlab but you have to pay to keep your  notes private. 

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PLEASE make this a feature. Evernote's formatting of pasted text is abysmal. When working with code, I am constantly having to convert the note to plain text numerous times. So irritating.

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If you are on the mac you can try cmd-opt-shift-v  to paste without formatting (or with simplified formatting, or with destination's formatting). That may help in SOME cases. 

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Yes, I have been doing every possible option available on each platform for years to try to keep formatting out of notes. It's a pain especially since certain situations make it impossible which results in previous efforts being wasted.

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I use Evernote for collecting business-related notes that I subsequently use for invoicing. Having a plain-text only facility for Evernote would be greatly appreciated and would increase the utility of Evernote. Presently, I have to scrub the xml export files with a series of PERL scripts to remove all of the (unnecessary) formatting before I can use the notes in another program.

I mirror all of my notes in another program called nvALT on the Mac. It's actually a pretty straightforward process.

1. Export notes as .html.

2. Drag .html files into nvALT.

If you use VoodooPad (Mac), it is just as simple.

1. Export notes as .html.

2. Import .html files.

3. (optional) Export notes as .txt.

If you are working on Mac and the iPad in Evernote, they both have options to change your notes into plain text. It isn't "really" plain text, of course, because everything in Evernote is in .enex format, but it strips out formatting. I write in markup, so when I mirror my notes everything works (almost) seamlessly.

The exception would be tabs and spaces. Evernote doesn't record tabs (just spaces), so you can't rely on tabbed stuff to render properly in markdown. In addition, somewhere I am getting a strange kind of space (a zero-width non-breaking one?). These cause markdown to act funky, so I replace them all with regular spaces using BBEdit. This only takes a few seconds (replace all in multiple files), but it is a minor annoyance.

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This request has been made so many times.  There must be some business reason they are refusing to do it.

 

The number of times someone has given long involved direction involving some other App is silly.

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I have been phasing out of Evernote into ToodleDo notes. While ToodleDo is mainly a task manager, it does have a note taking facility that captures and stores text-only notes. While less elegant than Evernote, it does appear to have greater utility - no need to strip unnecessary formatting and markup. I wish ToodleDo had the ability to export a subset of notes taken as does Evernote.

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Yeah I think that's really the idea. As much as we all wish, you gotta go with the shoe that fits best, because that perfect shoe just isn't out there, unless you make it yourself... 

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I'm running Evernote 5.5.1 on Mac 10.9.2.  I can no longer paste unformatted text using shift, control, command v.  

 

What happened?  I can paste unformatted on all my other other Mac applications.  

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I really need to be able to keep a text format in some of my notes for business reasons. Please develop this option.

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I was happy when I google this that others wanted this.  Now I am sad that there isn't a good fix.  I use clipboard history too, if that would just allow me to store it there as plain txt only that would be great.  My PC has it with a program called ClipX.org which is awesome, used it for 5 years.  Mac & EverNote are suppose to be about function and the small stuff like this.  Wish it was there.  Evernote should have this, it makes too much sense, it syncs across all devices, why not make the sync easier with plain txt.  

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Oh thanks to this thread I found out I can use DIFFERENT than standard keyboard combo to paste plain text, but having plain text notes would be great.

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I use an App called CopyLess. In and of itself it's a great $5 App, but it has an option to convert anything you copy to plain text for pasting anywhere else. post-85309-0-50727500-1414421460_thumb.p

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This is really bad.

When a company receive so many user requests and does not care...

plain text only now...

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On my Mac, I have a "Code Block" format style feature.  My understanding is this preserves plain text.

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+1 on this thread.

I'm using Mac Evernote and am on Evernote Plus plan.  Regarding the editor, it is generally inferior to ever other word processing app I use (mainly google docs and apple pages), which is in itself fine.  For me the true value in evernote is it's ability to help me organize all my content and make it accessible across devices.   I love that part of it.  So features like embedded images and pdfs and them being searchable are great.  But I don't need fancy editing and autocorrect.  These get in the way just as often, or even more than they help.  This is my one biggest gripe with evernote.  Since I have seen very little movement on this form evernote, I have gone so far as to search for alternative products for this and would switch if I could find something that had the same organizational power, but didn't get in my way for simple things like entering text in a note.

Having the ability to default or designate notes as plain text would be helpful.  Or being able to disable or alter the default behavior of automatic formatting and autocorrect features would work too.   In the case of plain text, it would be nice to still be able to embed images, but it'd be fine if not since you can group notes and associate them with tags.

Hoping this somehow helps to push evernote product to reevaluate this part of the system.

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On ‎6‎/‎9‎/‎2016 at 11:50 AM, lps said:

I'm using Mac Evernote and am on Evernote Plus plan.  Regarding the editor, it is generally inferior to ever other word processing app I use (mainly google docs and apple pages), which is in itself fine.  For me the true value in evernote is it's ability to help me organize all my content and make it accessible across devices.   I love that part of it.  So features like embedded images and pdfs and them being searchable are great.  But I don't need fancy editing and autocorrect.  These get in the way just as often, or even more than they help.  This is my one biggest gripe with evernote.

Yeah, that is why it doesn't make sense to me. Evernote can never compete with the formatting options of other applications and Evernote's focus has always been on content (you know, your NOTES), not fancily presenting the content.

All the attempts to keep text plain (by carefully pasting and regularly removing formatting) do not work well (and are tedious) because formatting seems to be handled differently on various platforms (ios, mac, windows). And then the moment you paste content in ios, things go really bad.

There's probably more ways to do this, but the only way I see is for each note to have a plain text setting. So a note can be "set" to plain text. Then, from any device, pasting content into that note will always only paste the text.

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On ‎10‎/‎3‎/‎2016 at 9:20 AM, jefito said:

Moved to Evernote Feature Requests subforum, so that users may vote on this.

Thanks!

Also, I should point out that "simplify" and "plain text" were just added back in to evernote iOS in an update this morning. This is a fantastic, very helpful feature! However, it's not a true plain text solution because it is just formatting the text to look like plain text AND the similar "remove" and "simplify" features on other platforms are not handled exactly the same.

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To anyone who wants this feature, please upvote it above by clicking on the UP ARROW at the beginning of this thread.

 

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Easy solution, as long as I understand the issue correctly. First paste your text into TextEdit or Microsoft Word or some other text editor. Then edit it (i.e. remove any background highlighting, etc). Then paste into Evernote.

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On 11/20/2013 at 9:07 AM, ScottLougheed said:

If you are on the mac you can try cmd-opt-shift-v  to paste without formatting (or with simplified formatting, or with destination's formatting). That may help in SOME cases. 

hi ,

is there any shortcut for make as plain under Menu Format

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On 2017-05-10 at 11:48 AM, opstastic said:

I simply want to make an entire notebook plain-text only. I would use this for my coding and technical projects. Having to pick and choose pasting and formatting options each time I cut and paste into a note really slows down my workflows. Thanks!

I see various requests for plain-text, but be aware that if you're using the Evernote editor, you're storing your text in an html format file

I use a text editor (Textastic) and store text files as note attachments

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+1

Maybe as an option to select note format: Plain text, rich text, Markdown, Odt, Doc, HTML, LaTeX etc.. This would be a killer feature, solve many different and mostly popular feature requests  in one way.

Plus, there are quite many EN-clones/alternatives out today in mid 2017, that offer many of those above mentioned formats, especially markdown, plain and rich text. Quite many ppl moved to them from EN never looking back.. 

Not that it matters obviously.

just my 2 cents

 

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On 2017-08-30 at 2:54 PM, AllThatEvil said:

Maybe as an option to select note format: Plain text, rich text, Markdown, Odt, Doc, HTML, LaTeX etc.. This would be a killer feature, solve many different and mostly popular feature requests  in one way.

I see Notes as containers for for files of any format.  Evernote's base format is enml (html fork).

Most of my notes have attachments; image, pdf, doc, xls, plain text (software code)...

Theres no limit to the formats that can be attached to a note

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I think that stripping the formatting is the best we are going to get, because Evernote has .html (actually .enml, which is a fork), and so it is impossible to have a truly plain text note short of a complete redesign of the entire service (a dedicated space for plain text notes, I guess).I don’t see that happening,  If plain text is your thing, I doubt Evernote will ever be a comfortable fit for you.

But, on the plus side, Evernote’s .html is pretty easy to convert to plain text, it isn’t a significant departure from it if you are just looking for some file type that will survive in the long term, and the tradeoff with .enml is that you can do some pretty convenient formatting across multiple clients without much effort — in most cases, it just works, and you can quickly go from just a few hurriedly typed notes to presentation-quality text in no time at all.

As for competitors, Simplenote has been in it for the long haul (I’ve had unfortunate experiences with it in the past), and Bear is a beutifully done newish notetaking app — bothe of them are worth a look, but neither has anywhere near the power and flexibiliity of Evernote.

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For plain text only notes, it's hard to beat the venerable pastebin. It makes a nice addition to Evernote as plaintext notes in pastebin can be added as links to an appropriate Evernote.

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2 hours ago, IWillMakeANoteOfThat said:

For plain text only notes, it's hard to beat the venerable pastebin. It makes a nice addition to Evernote as plaintext notes in pastebin can be added as links to an appropriate Evernote.

I don't understand the benefit of storing the text file externally.  I want to store it in a note as an attachment.

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This, this, this! I work in IT and have no real need for Word style formatting. I just want to store plain text notes and have a global font setting so I can change the monospace font and size for all notes, to my current monospace font of choice.

This is currently an absolute nightmare.

New -> Note
New -> Plain Text Note

or as others have stated have entire notebooks configured to be plain text.

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