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I found plenty of article and tutorials on table of content. But they all seem to only consider it for many notes.

 

I would link the table of contents to be in one note only. Anyone know if thats possible?

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In terms of internal links like HTML anchors? Not possible in Evernote at this time.

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The interesting thing is that anchors are allowed in the underlying HTML subset that Evernote uses to represent its note contents. But no Evernote client that I am aware of takes advantage of that, at least so far.

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soralsokal

It is possible usings special tags.

see in https://eatags.com/

I don't have time to look at it extensively for the moment, but if it does what I think it does, this feature will be a HUGE help for me and many others who have been wanting the ability to have a CLICKABLE Table of Contents in long Notes with large amounts of text. I wonder why it hasn't been mentioned in the 6 or 7 months I've be active on the forums? I can especially see it be most beneficial for students with their study notes!

I'll be testing it out as soon as I can and will report my findings in a new thread. However, that could mean as little as a day or two or as much as a few months. I can't make definitely plans for anything as my body frequently refuses to cooperate (MS), so if someone else wants to take on, please do. :) And let us know what you learn please!

Thank you, SoralSokal (sp?) for mentioning this. I greatly appreciate it! :) :)

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soralsokal

It is possible usings special tags.

see in https://eatags.com/

I don't have time to look at it extensively for the moment, but if it does what I think it does, this feature will be a HUGE help for me and many others who have been wanting the ability to have a CLICKABLE Table of Contents in long Notes with large amounts of text. I wonder why it hasn't been mentioned in the 6 or 7 months I've be active on the forums? I can especially see it be most beneficial for students with their study notes!

 

I have to wonder whether this actually makes the TOC items clickable, at least to jump to other locations in a note. That would need to be supported by the UI, and as far as I know, that doesn't work: I tried constructing one by hand in the ENML Editor, but it's also very possible that I didn't code it correctly, either. It'd be good to know whether it was, for sure.

The other thing is that I don't follow the 3rd-party Evernote tools market all that closely, which is why I don't know about this product. I'm sure that there are some nice ones out there, but mostly don't integrate well, and they just seem to get more in my way than I'd like -- I prefer to use the tools that are a part of Evernote for day-to-day usage.

 

I'll be testing it out as soon as I can and will report my findings in a new thread. However, that could mean as little as a day or two or as much as a few months. I can't make definitely plans for anything as my body frequently refuses to cooperate (MS), so if someone else wants to take on, please do. :) And let us know what you learn please!

Probably better to continue in this thread, since it's all related, and probably best to keep things together. Or consider posting in the 3rd-party forum, just down the hall, which is available for that. Good luck.

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Wordsgood,

 

EATags It’s a free suscription service that provides extra features for Evernote® users.

 

You must asign the special tag 'eat.toc' to the note when you want the Table of Contents, and add #, ##, ### etc. before each title, subtitle, etc. in the note.

 

After the sync, the service insert the table at the top of the note.

 

Because it is a web service, works on any device.

 

EATags participated in the Devup 2012, see http://evernotedevcup.challengepost.com/submissions/8645-eat-ags

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jefito,

The TOC items is clickable, and jump to other locations in a note.

Try it, it is very easy...

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Wordsgood,

EATags It’s a free suscription service that provides extra features for Evernote® users.

You must asign the special tag 'eat.toc' to the note when you want the Table of Contents, and add #, ##, ### etc. before each title, subtitle, etc. in the note.

After the sync, the service insert the table at the top of the note.

Because it is a web service, works on any device.

EATags participated in the Devup 2012, see http://evernotedevcup.challengepost.com/submissions/8645-eat-ags

That's great news. Thanks Rebianchi! :)

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jefito,

The TOC items is clickable, and jump to other locations in a note.

Try it, it is very easy...

Interesting. I probably just bollixed the HTML code. Might have to try it myself.

Thanks!!

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Wordsgood & jefito:

 

Try it & let me know if you have problems.

 

Some notes:

- The insertion of the TOC may not be immediately after the first sync.

- After the insertion of the TOC, the 'eat.toc' is removed, and an 'eaten: [toc]' is added to indicate that the note was processed.

- If after the insertion of the TOC you change the note, adding and/or removing titles, then it is necessary to add again the 'eat.toc' tag (and remove the eaten: [toc])

 

Also see the web site for other features, like inserting math formulas with LaTex.

I have no relationship with the EATags developers, and I'm new to eatags, so any problems would probably best to contact them directly.

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Does this html link jump to a separate note, or is it an active heading in the current note?

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Does this html link jump to a separate note, or is it an active heading in the current note?

Hi. Please don't take offense to this, but I'm about as tech clueless as one can get and I had two thoughts after reading your note:

1) Yes, to me at least, it's pretty clear that the link allow you to navigate from the TOC to headings within the same note.

2) If you just click on the link provided a few posts back in this thread, it will take you directly to the EATags service site, where everything is explained with text, graphics and How To videos, far better than anyone could explain it here. Just go have a look yourself.

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Hi. Please don't take offense to this, but I'm about as tech clueless as one can get and I had two thoughts after reading your note:

1) Yes, to me at least, it's pretty clear that the link allow you to navigate from the TOC to headings within the same note.

2) If you just click on the link provided a few posts back in this thread, it will take you directly to the EATags service site, where everything is explained with text, graphics and How To videos, far better than anyone could explain it here. Just go have a look yourself.

 

 

It is not clear to me from the EATags site that one can link to other notes, which is what I'm after.

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Hi. Please don't take offense to this, but I'm about as tech clueless as one can get and I had two thoughts after reading your note:

1) Yes, to me at least, it's pretty clear that the link allow you to navigate from the TOC to headings within the same note.

2) If you just click on the link provided a few posts back in this thread, it will take you directly to the EATags service site, where everything is explained with text, graphics and How To videos, far better than anyone could explain it here. Just go have a look yourself.

 

It is not clear to me from the EATags site that one can link to other notes, which is what I'm after.

I believe from what I read, this service is able to build a table of contents for a notebook, but I haven't tried the service yet.

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TdeV

 

There are two options:

 

Option 1:

If you add the 'eat.toc.notebook' tag to an NEW note in a notebook, then after sync you get a TOC (with link clickables) to ALL notes in that notebook.

It is similar to Cmd-A to select all notes, right-clik for copy links and paste in an empty note.

 

Option 2:

If you add the 'eat.toc' tag to an EXISTING note in a notebook, then after sync you get a TOC (with link clickables) to all titles that have #,##, etc. in the SAME note (Each # is an indentation)

 

If in a note you have:

 

#Title 1

  bla, bla, bla

##Title 2

 bla, bla, bla

###text3

 

then after sync you will get:

 

Title 1  <-- clickable links

  Title 2

     Text3

----------------------------

#Title 1

  bla, bla, bla

##Title 2

 bla, bla, bla

###text3

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Hello everyone,

 

+1000000000000 for this feature
 
Please!! Add this feature soon! Our notes are bigger even more and it is super complicated go directly to a subsection in it.

Why aren't they a "menu format" to add H1, H2, H3 titles, and then get a table of content automatically from there.

 

 

 

 

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To get a TOC for all notes within a notebook you don't need a 3rd party app, EN has that feature itself.

EN does not have a TOC feature for titles within a note, which is where EAtags comes in handy.

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To get a TOC for all notes within a notebook you don't need a 3rd party app, EN has that feature itself.

EN does not have a TOC feature for titles within a note, which is where EAtags comes in handy.

Thank you for your answer,

 

I think it is not really friendly, also, because you can't define styles like Titles  (h1, h2, h3...) to style your notes. Is really rare that EN doesn't have this feature, for me is essential. 

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@rbianchi: do you know if there is a limit to the number of times a note can be processed by EATags? I ask this because I am still experimenting & noticed that after amending a note a couple of times & successfully readmitting for processing, EATags stopped processing that note.

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I experimented with this for a while. EAtags puts a nice TOC of tagged note links at the top of a note --much like a Header.

 

However, from what I can see, it does NOT update the TOC in the existing note dynamically when I add a new note with the specified tag.

 

This operation could be done entirely within EN without EAtags. Just create a TOC note and then merge it with the target note in which you want the TOC to appear in.  Or.... just copy/paste the TOC into the target note,   However, this still does not solve the problem of dynamic updating.

 

The only solution to a dynamically generated TOC that I can see is to create a new TOC note each time you need it. The problem here is that you inevitably wind up with dozens of largely redundant TOC notes on, say, Broccoli or Asparagus that may or may not contain all of the current listings for that tag. This creates issues with version management. This also does not play well for accessing an up-to-date TOC as external or local links such as a hyperlink a mind map or other external application.

 

Does anyone have any other ideas on how to generate a dynamically updated TOC in EN???

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Hi,

Thanks for advice on eatags ! despite the lag between the content and the update of the TOC it does the job for now

But, I hope that this feature will be included in the next version of EN !

AG

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I'd be very interested to have this TOC feature added as well. I maintain a "runbook" for a group and am looking for an easy way to have an external, but securable, way to have it available off the company network. 

What I use right now is Confluence, where like it was mentioned in previous posts in this thread, it procedurally generates a table of contents from the H1, H2, H3 tags in the page.

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Hi

 

After few days with eatags, I give up

Not convenient at all 

TOC appears with a big lag and every time I add a new item, the links are going away.

Very disapointing  :(

 

Uninstalled and still waiting for this functionality in Evernote

 

Cheers from Bordeaux (France)

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On 11/30/2015 at 9:34 AM, agroppi said:
Hi

 

 

After few days with eatags, I give up

 

 

Not convenient at all 

 

 

 

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Nothing is ever convenient about using EN. Too many work arounds. Yep, sucks that EN still does not have this feature. This is why it's hard for me to take EN seriously. Did it not occur to the developers at all that people may want to do research in EN?! I use EN for this purpose and I use one note for my conclusions and commentary on research from other notes I keep in EN but it's a pain having to scroll through the note when it would be much easier just to have a TOC for the note itself. 

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If you are familiar with Markdown, consider using marxi.co (http://marxi.co/) which allows you to easily include a Table of Content with the command [TOC]. Each entry in the Table of Content will be a header created with the #, ##, ### commands.

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9 minutes ago, connies123 said:

Has anyone used this program? Good? Bad? Worth money?

I haven't used it but I was looking at the addon yesterday and if I understand correctly, I would have to uninstall version 6 for Windows, reinstall version 5, install Evernote Batch and then upgrade to version 6 again. Really? Seriously, that is ridiculous. I'm going to pass.

 

 

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1 hour ago, connies123 said:

Has anyone used this program? Good? Bad? Worth money?

I paid for it when I was on EN5 and it wasn't such a sweat to downgrade,  install and then re-upgrade.  No idea why that's required. but it was necessary to get the app working.  Since then there have been several upgrades and I've used it for various batch changes and to use background color in notes.  The safer option to get a table of contents in a note is to split the heading level into separate notes and use Evernote's ToC feature to tie them together in one parent note. 

If you have lots of notes to process however,  and the other options available seem useful...

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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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This would be a great feature! I'm still waiting for this. It should be straightforward to set headers and then generate a TOC in a note. Then finding the content later would be much faster. 

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7 minutes ago, say_hi_to_zippy said:

This would be a great feature! I'm still waiting for this. It should be straightforward to set headers and then generate a TOC in a note. Then finding the content later would be much faster. 

Please consider Indicating your support using the voting buttons in the top left corner of the posted feature request  (linked below)

 

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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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I would also love this!

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