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chrome [Feature Request]Append to an Existing Note

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Hi, I would like to make a feature request.

 

The default behavior of the web clipper is to create a new note with the selected content in a given notebook. 
A separate note for every little clip is not always necessary. So, why not include an option to append the clipped content to an existing note. It would be somewhat similar to merging 2 notes, only difference being, the process is now automatic and on-the-fly, instead of being manual.

 

PS: Sorry for the poor English.

 

Thanks,

The-Droidster

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I would use the clipper A LOT MORE if this option existed  (easily clip a page to a pre-existing note). 

Here is how I would envisage it working:

1) When I click on the clipper it creates a note title that it derives from the html title <title>Text used for note name </title> . 
2) When I delete this text (the default title ) and I start typing letters, I would like the clipper to display autocomplete options from my preexisting note titles. e.g. Typing "m" would lead to clipper suggesting "mysql notes" in a drop down 
3) When a preexisting note title is selected/typed, web clipper would remind the user that : An existing note with this name already exists. Do you want to merge the clip with the existing note or create a new note? and the user would click the  "merge" or "create"  button.

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Thx for the feedback. There are a lot of edge cases and added complexity around clipping / appending to existing notes. Currently we are not planning to build that in the Web Clipper. 

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Hi. What is the status of adding this functionality to evernote clipper? (using on windows 8.1). My use case is -- I'm comparing products and costs online. It's one session of web browsing and I want to keep everything I find during that session, and successive related sessions, in a single note.

 

Would be a big time and attention saver

- I don't have to re-select a given notebook or tag; I just do it for the one note

- when consulting my notes, I don't have to search hard, or scroll through many notes, potentially/inadvertently losing track

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Thx for the feedback. There are a lot of edge cases and added complexity around clipping / appending to existing notes. Currently we are not planning to build that in the Web Clipper. 

The programmers behind the IOS app Drafts figured it out.

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Thx for the feedback. There are a lot of edge cases and added complexity around clipping / appending to existing notes. Currently we are not planning to build that in the Web Clipper. 

 

As I just discovered on this thread about email appending, Evernote has that feature when emailing in.  Wouldn't much of the same code with regard to edge cases and appending be used for writing the append info into a note regardless of whether it was captured using the Web Clipper or via an email forward?

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Evernote Guys... this would be EXTREMELY useful when simply highlighting text.  No one wants to highlight various sentences from various websites in a research project and then merge all the notes together.  As a developer, simply appending to the last note is doable.

 

Is this something you guys could consider building?

 

Thanks.

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Hi,

 

just chiming in to say this would be very useful

 

products collecting

urls collecting

quotes collecting

 

I guess a work around would be collecting then merging

 

but adding to existing notes would be nice

 

thanks

 

 

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It's 2016 and still no append feature, which is critical when researching. Even Apple Notes has this feature now.

I'm going to trust the developers and so tomorrow I'll be renewing my premium subscription for another year, but it will be the last one if they don't add/improve basic features like this.

 

ps: if you're on iOS and have Workflow.app you can use this workflow I made to append text, images or other files to a specific note.

https://workflow.is/workflows/ddc40510eaba4b91966ea39066ac4d1d

 

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on my Mac, I use the Evernote Helper to do my clippings.  
It has a button box "Save To Evernote" but if you don't click it, the clippings just accumulate.  
When you finally click it, you get a single note.
Or you can drag the clippings from there into an existing note.

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On January 6, 2016 at 2:45 PM, DTLow said:

on my Mac, I use the helper to do my clippings.  
It has a button box "Save To Evernote" but if you don't click it, the clippings just accumulate.  
When you finally click it, you get a single note.
Or you can drag the clippings from there into an existing note.

What is this "helper" you speak of?  I have had a Mac for years and don't know what you're referring to. 

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Agree with everyone above. It's a significant feature missing from the note editor. We should be able to click the same 'Clip Full Screen' or 'Clip Rectangle or Window' right from a note. Whatever you click goes where the cursor is in the note. Audio and webcam shots are supported, but clipping isn't for some reason. I use the hack to drag clippings from the helper into an existing note all the time, and it's a pain for a product this mature.

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This would be wonderful. Evernote should concentrate its efforts on making it more useful.These little things pave road for huge productivity.

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Hi evernote team - is there any update to this much needed feature request? The workarounds above dont meet all use cases. For instance, I want to clip a simplified article of multiple websites that I am viewing to a note that I am using to write about one particular subject. The Evernote Helper for Mac doesn't allow for simplified articles. 

For users - the only way that this works for me is to save a bunch of articles/pages that I am reading as simplified, tag them with a special tag and manually merge them later. 

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+1 on this feature!

Making the clipper select a session active note / session default note and then adding to that note would be awesome!

Actually, appending it to one note and be able to modify the way it does so, by listing pagelink etc. would be really awesome - especially for building reference lists or when simply researching a subject!

Thanks for an awesome product!

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+1 from me as well. 

I just started out with evernote and noticed the first day that this feature is missing. This could be a deal breaker ...

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+1 to this idea.

I think it would be worth figuring out the required "edge cases" to make this feature a reality. The clipping tool /feels/ like it should natively work this way and is therefore frustrating that it does not.

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+1 it's ridiculous that every web clip from the same page opens it's own note.  It would be a fantastic feature if it could just append to an existing note so we can read an article, clip the bits we want to remember and then later open that note and read all of our comments and images in one note.

Please enable this, enable us :)

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+1 Please add this feature - it is an enormous hassle to add clippings into existing notes again. 

As explained above this feature is critical when doing research or where one wants to add multiple sources and bits of information into one document.

Could the Evernote Team give an Update on this?

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Would love for this feature - even in its simplest form where updates from the same page URL overwrite the EverNote document.

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Wow 2017 and screen clippings still go to their own note. This is horrible! A real oversight and shortcoming of what would otherwise be a great app. I don't believe for a second that the problem is "there are too many edge cases." We live in an age of software design in which if something sounds simple, it's probably no big deal to implement in code, unless of course the existing code is designed in such a way as to necessitate rewriting and restructuring to accommodate such a basic idea. Perhaps this is why Evernote has never implemented it - their existing code was not future proof enough. 

I use the Clip To Evernote extension for Chrome, and the way it should work (indeed the way I expected it to work before my rude awakening) was that I'd clip something, it would be stored in the extension, then I could go to any existing note and paste it in there. I bet this is how most people thought it would work, and I bet all of those people were shocked that it was not possible. 

I've done some extensive beta testing of other applications and have found that when some very obvious "no brainer" feature is not being implemented despite thousands of requests for it, the reason usually given by the developers (in private) is that to implement it would break existing code or that the existing code base was not designed with enough foresight to accommodate it. 

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Hi Evernote team, can we please have an update on the status of this? It's been YEARS and this is such a basic feature, I'm shocked that this is not available. If you REALLY can't figure it out, could you at least update us or offer a better workaround than merging? I'm trying to keep a collection of anchor notes ('profiles') that I started with basic info (name, contact, etc) and now I want to add info to them as I come across it or when it gets updated (posts by this person, updates on their status, etc).

The act of making new notes for each of these and then having to merge them all according to person will unnecessarily waste so much time that I'm writing this instead of starting that task and hoping and praying that you'll take notice. This is such a simple idea that it's preposterous it can't be done. Can you not simply add the option to effectively "merge" the newly created note into an existing one without the user having to do this manually? I mean you have the option to create a new notebook, create new tags versus using existing ones, why not new versus existing notes? This does not seem like it should be so difficult. It'd be appreciated if you could respond to the many inquiries about this, or get one of the other developers who have figured this out to help if you really can't sort it out :/ Either way, let us know, I'm not trying to test out new extensions and hacks and workarounds to find something that works when this should already exist in the Evernote universe.

Thanks.

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On 2017-06-01 at 10:32 PM, Jus10 said:

This is just sad.

It's sad this request only has 5933435718d6c_ScreenShot2017-06-03at4_16_22PM.png.ede5f8543dd60810a3940eaaee4ac356.png   user votes.  
It's part of the criteria used by Evernote to decide what changes are the most important

Voting buttons are in the top  left corner of the discussion

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On 6/3/2017 at 7:17 PM, DTLow said:

It's sad this request only has 5933435718d6c_ScreenShot2017-06-03at4_16_22PM.png.ede5f8543dd60810a3940eaaee4ac356.png   user votes.  
It's part of the criteria used by Evernote to decide what changes are the most important

Maybe there is something off with the way the forum voting works?  There are more comments supporting the idea than votes for the feature.  Maybe I just missed up voting, but I commented in support of this almost two years ago, and I didn't have a vote recorded. (I just rectified that now.)

In case it's significant to the project managers, I moved from OneNote to Evernote 8 years ago (according to my oldest note) and have been paying for it for over half that time. (I don't remember when I first subscribed.)  I use all of the following applications regularly: Mac OS client, Evernote Web Clipper in Chrome, Android client, and iOS client. I've also regularly advocated for and presented it to others as a reference system for keeping notes and archiving content from other sources especially getting useful information out of email.  (However, I work in education so I've backed off on that a bit when talking to teachers due to the cost for features such as emailing in notes.)

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+1 x 1,000

I'm building a curriculum for a course. It'd be super awesome if Evernote's Chrome web clipper enabled me to place clips into my curriculum note, and not create dozens of individual new notes. 

Wish I could up-vote this 1,000 times. 

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On 1/6/2016 at 2:36 PM, DontDuckWithMe said:

It's 2016 and still no append feature, which is critical when researching. Even Apple Notes has this feature now.

I'm going to trust the developers and so tomorrow I'll be renewing my premium subscription for another year, but it will be the last one if they don't add/improve basic features like this.

 

ps: if you're on iOS and have Workflow.app you can use this workflow I made to append text, images or other files to a specific note.

https://workflow.is/workflows/ddc40510eaba4b91966ea39066ac4d1d

 

I love this idea! Would you mind to elaborate on the actions to complete this workflow. I am new to using Workflow and do find it a bit confusing so any help would be much appreciated!!

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Many professionals have above worded this needed/ required feature much better than I could have.  It is WAY too much work the work it is and I'm not even using Evernote in a business application!?  In my everyday research I question the sanity of paying for this when I am not even able to then look at my research in any organized, cohesive manner.  All along now I have believed it was a lack on my part, a learning curve.  I don't even yet know how to manually go in and reorg. all these separate notes (100's) into a couple dozen Topic Notes w/all individual notes finally being together!   This truly makes the hours of hard research work almost done for nothing.  Like, I would have been further ahead with a topic notebook and a pen!!!

To say that this feature would be helpful is a total understatement.

 

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@DTLow

Regardless of how many upvotes there are on feature requests over a certain time (sometimes years) I cannot help thinking by now  that even the most obvious requests are either ignored or if they finally do get implemented still leave a lot to be desired. Evernote is a law onto itself. There can't be many users left who are not aware of that.

With your years of experience and your grade of intelligence you are able to accept that merging notes will often not satisfy needs. So why try and 'belittle' requests/complaints by telling people how you manage? 

Years ago I knew a team leader who thought nothing wrong by telling his staff to use Excel also as their text writing app. 

Lately a local guru tried to squirm out of the apparent Evernote printing 'deficiences' by waffling over the paper-free office. Coindence or not, that group is losing members. 

 

 

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17 hours ago, JohnLongney said:

So why try and 'belittle' requests/complaints by telling people how you manage? 

I encouraged the user to add their vote to the request.  
The user reported the problem with “reorg. all these separate notes”, and I offered a suggestion

I’m not into   Boohoo, Evernote’s so bad    posts (take that as ‘belittle’)
I’m more interested in how to make this product work for me.  

>>There can't be many users left who are not aware of that......Coindence or not, that group is losing members. 

I haven't seen the latest numbers.  The last count I heard was over 200 million accounts

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Thanks everyone!  Good information.     <* ~ )

((I'm replying here because it's all I was able to figure out, plz forgive))

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Its second half of 2017. I am still waiting for this feature. I have now abandoned the web clipper for those tasks involving screenshots and have switched to Windows Snipping tool (oh the horror!) which I later paste to my existing note. Horrible workflow.

 

 

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I would love to be able to append clips to a particular note. Some possibilities could be collecting quotes, or math equations, or bibliographic references, or several photos, or, as I am doing now, gathering short suggestions about computer parts (so exciting!).  FYI right now Google Keep will put consecutive clips in the most recent note, but I would prefer to use Evernote for other reasons. I'll probably be juggling both products unless I can find another web-based solution that goes to all my devices.

By the way, if you don't need/want to clip to the web, I am pretty sure the NoteTab editor for Windows will do this offline.

I just agree that this would be a great feature to add to a quality clipping system, so I wanted to chime in.  

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I just discovered that this is not available in the web clipper and would like to add to the opinions expressed above that this would be EXTREMELY helpful. I just switched from OneNote to Evernote because annotating was easier for my lecture notes, but only to discover that clipping notes is a pain. Many of my lectures are in online modules, and I have to basically screenshot each page separately (20-30 pages each time), and then merge all the notes. I cannot begin to describe how inconvenient this is. Please, please consider adding this functionality.

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Please create this feature! I just started using evernote 10 minutes ago and already noticed how badly I wanted this feature. You'll lose consumers like me if you don't include this feature.

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Appending to a file is a fundamental feature even in software in lower levels of the software stack like the operating system routinely perform. This thread has been active over 4 years and the need for the feature will not go away. On the contrary, the need will increase as Evernote is integrated with more research, authoring and knowledge storage applications and workflows.

As the head of software engineering group, I respectfully think this feature merits some updated official acknowledgment as to when it will be on the roadmap, a legitimate automated workaround or a reason why it can't be done. A lot has probably changed in the source code for Evernote and the Web Clipper since the first official response. The complexity of this feature can be greatly reduced by simply manually selecting which note to append to first and then building from there. If is it is really that expensive then make it a pro feature.

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19 hours ago, cochi said:

To say that this feature would be helpful is a total understatement.

You are certainly welcome to add your vote to this request; there are currently 12 votes
Voting buttons are in the top left corner of the discussion

Personally I have  no problem with the individual clipping notes

>>I don't even yet know how to manually go in and reorg. all these separate notes (100's) into a couple dozen Topic Notes w/all individual notes finally being together!  

I leave all the notes intact, tied together with a tag.  I copy/paste critical info into a master note, with links to the research clippings.  The master note could include a link to each of the clippings  (Table of Contents)

On my Mac, I could select the notes (100’s) and do a merge, but I wouldn’t find the result too useful

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17 hours ago, Jackk said:

Appending to a file is a fundamental feature even in software in lower levels of the software stack like the operating system routinely perform.

Hmmm. I looked for this in Windows Explorer, and couldn't find any such option. It's probably because appending to particular formats cannot be accomplished by mindless smushing together of files. I.e., this is not an OS-level option for a reason, because the OS doesn't know how to deal with different formats. Since Evernote notes are XML-based, this won't work for Evernote notes anyways. So citing the OS is kind of pointless for this case.

That being said, sure, this would be a useful feature for some Evernote users, and similar what they already do with email (https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/209005347-How-to-save-email-into-Evernote), where you need to specify the title of an existing note.  That bit of UI would need to be added to the clipper, and proceed from there. I can tell you that "manually selecting which note to append to" oversimplifies the task, if you have thousands of notes, so some form of filtering on what's been typed vs. existing note titles would almost certainly be a necessity.

17 hours ago, Jackk said:

As the head of software engineering group, I respectfully think this feature merits some updated official acknowledgment as to when it will be on the roadmap

They generally don't publish feature roadmaps, to heads of SE groups or even general users like me. That's just how they roll... *shrug*

In the meantime, while you're waiting, there are workarounds, as noted by DTLow and others.

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