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I think it's important that archived notes mainly remain in the context of the notebook they were in. Every notebook then has a "archive".

And of course there is a archive view on app level for all archives.

Please forgive if this idea may already have been posted. 4 Sites is too much to read :X

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@Kater Louis, are you suggesting a notebook below every active notebook (stack) which is titled Archive? Will EN allow that? I understand that it would be very easy to make sure that all notes in the notebook have been tagged with "Archive".

If you don't mean that, then what do you mean?

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5 hours ago, Kater Louis said:

I think it's important that archived notes mainly remain in the context of the notebook they were in. Every notebook then has a "archive".

Isn't Archive a context?

I think you're pointing out a problem with using Notebooks to indicated "context"
Notebook A has context A
Notebook B has context B
Notebook C has context C
And now you're adding context "Archive"

What to do if a note has multiple contexts?

I use Tags to indicate context.  A note can have multiple tags

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Thanks for this post and the many replies. I recently brought the same suggestion up to a member of Evernote support. He encouraged me to post my feature request in this forum – what a joke ... @ Evernote-Team: Would you please listen to some of your most faithful users?

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Not faithful any more. Premium suspended, switched to Bear, Google Drive and Pocket. Goodbye Evernote.

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6 hours ago, ENPowerUser said:

@ Evernote-Team: Would you please listen to some of your most faithful users?

Did you indicate your support by adding your vote? Voting buttons in the upper left corner of the discussion.

Currently, this request only shows 18 votes.

Personally, I'm satisfied using a tag to indicate archived notes and resolve the "non-searchable" request

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And/or have a choice to have some notebooks as cloud only. If you have a large EN database, syncing back to a small SSD on a laptop can be less than satisfactory.

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4 minutes ago, frogdude said:

And/or have a choice to have some notebooks as cloud only. If you have a large EN database, syncing back to a small SSD on a laptop can be less than satisfactory.

"Selective Sync" is a differnt topic from Archiving
You can go the discussion below and add your vote

 

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On 12/13/2015 at 1:05 PM, DTLow said:

I don't understand why you want a separate tagging system to flag your notes as Archived.

What is the problem with using the current system and using an Archive tag.

i don't want a separate tagging system. I want the notes to be removed from my main interface by default and placed in a separate "archive" space that is only searchable from within that separate space.  Right now, I have over 26,000 notes.  I use Evernote to store almost everything --  research materials, receipts, recipes, interesting articles, notes,  client projects, pictures of artwork, travel itineraries with printouts of web pages regarding places to go and things to see, tax returns and supporting documentation, continuing education materials and notes, seminar papers and notes, etc.  If I do a word search within the notes, I frequently get hundreds of notes that match the criteria for which I've searched.  If the system allowed me to archive notes (not simply tag them as "Archived" and then have to remember to exclude them), the search results would be much more manageable.  I've also found that Evernote frequently has problems syncing or the database is more prone to becoming corrupted where users have a larger number of notes stored in the database.  The only ways to remove old notes from the main, active workspace is to delete them altogether (which is not what I'm looking for) or to export them into a separate Evernote database file.  If I use the export option (which is currently the only way to archive files), I have to browse to that exported file, import it into Evernote, search for the information I need, then find and re-export the notes after I'm finished.  That process is entirely too cumbersome to be terribly useful except with notes I'm relatively sure I won't need to access again.  What I'm looking for is something similar to Outlook's archive files, where I can move emails into an archive file (or multiple archive files), the emails no longer show up in searches of my in box, but the archive folders are easily accessible (and searchable) from within Outlook by simply clicking on them in the list of archive folders.

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40 minutes ago, rwpritchett said:

i don't want a separate tagging system. I want the notes to be removed from my main interface by default and placed in a separate "archive" space that is only searchable from within that separate space. 

  1. I need to identify a note to be archived. This is what I meant by "tagging system"
    In the current system; alternatives are an actual tag, or move to a Notebook.
    I don't know how this can be done "by default"
    I don't understand the separate "archive" space
     
  2. I need to specify if a search should include/exclude archived items
    In the current system; the only alternative is a search parameter

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@rwpritchett

As a workaround, some folks create a second account, oftentimes Basic, and move their "archived' notes there.  Still easy to get at and synced across platforms, desktops work better than portable devices based on account switching.  Particularly if you want to control false positives and DB size.  FWIW.

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Per suggestions here, I have removed the "All Notes" button, and now have a Shortcut at the top of the list which excludes the tag "Archive".

The problem I have is the same problem @rwpritchett has, which is that BY DEFAULT Evernote cannot be set to exclude the tag "Archive". It used to be that Search had two choices: the whole database or "within the current search". If that feature returned, it would solve all my problems because I use the Shortcut to look at all notes, and so searches using that Shortcut would exclude tag "Archive".

However, while I use Evernote every day, I do not use Evernote search enough to have memorized all the keyboard keystrokes, etc. So I have to look up how to do this every gol dern time.

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27 minutes ago, TdeV said:

The problem I have is the same problem @rwpritchett has, which is that BY DEFAULT Evernote cannot be set to exclude the tag "Archive".

Yes - its a pain to have to include this in every search

With saved searches, its a one time thing
but fwiw  I use a keyboard shortcut so I don't have to type the entire search term

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32 minutes ago, TdeV said:

It used to be that Search had two choices: the whole database or "within the current search". If that feature returned,

It still kind of exists whether the Clear context on search option is checked or not.  If not checked search performs basically within current context.

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1 hour ago, csihilling said:

It still kind of exists whether the Clear context on search option is checked or not.  If not checked search performs basically within current context.

 

And where would I find this, oh brilliant @csihilling and @jbenson2? :D

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In Evernote Windows, go to >Tools >Options >Search

Clear Context on search.png

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1 hour ago, TdeV said:

 

And where would I find this, oh brilliant @csihilling and @jbenson2? :D

What @jbenson2 said :)

 And you might want to check the show advanced options box as well so as to see all options that are available. 

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I think it's fairly clear that despite the workarounds proposed, the use case for Archived notes is rock-solid. Don't workarounds generally suck, and annoy the user each time he/she uses one?

The primary benefit of the feature (for this user anyway) would be a less cluttered default view, but faster search (assuming default search would exclude Archived notes) would be a collateral benefit. Another (obvious) use case: if one used Evernote to satisfy IRS requirements for document retention, you simply want such stuff stored securely, but you don't want or need to see it...hopefully ever! 

Would some users prefer a more benign name for the requested feature/functionality, e.g. "Hidden" notes?

I'm not a software developer, but implementation of the feature would seem dead simple: a button could be added to the New Note window (e.g. next to the Reminder button) to select the Archive/Hide feature--it would be OFF by default. In turn the main view would exclude Archived/Hidden notes be default. 

What could be simpler? (...asked the ignorant user...)

Users:Please Vote!

Evernote Dev Team: please listen...and Act!

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1 hour ago, dloebs said:

I'm not a software developer, but implementation of the feature would seem dead simple: a button could be added to the New Note window (e.g. next to the Reminder button) to select the Archive/Hide feature--it would be OFF by default. In turn the main view would exclude Archived/Hidden notes be default. 

Currently, I have to address this on two sides
As you said, a button on the note for Archive
I'd also need a button to indicate when Archived notes are hidden or displayed
for example searches

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On 12/14/2016 at 4:01 PM, DTLow said:

Did you indicate your support by adding your vote? Voting buttons in the upper left corner of the discussion.

Yes I have. And I highly recommend everyone voting for it as well. Thanks!

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Defo. Plus 1. 

Combined with selective sync (desktop) - is the way to go. 

Archive with search

Archive without search

Secure/locked Archive

 

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The two things I really would love to see in Evernote:

archive switch

favorite switch

Yes I am using tags for both.

But at almost 22K notes, the lack of a real archiving functionality is really showing.

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On 2/16/2017 at 9:26 PM, fredhammersmith said:

But at almost 22K notes, the lack of a real archiving functionality is really showing.

Just to wake this up a bit, I have an Archive stack with notebooks within it which are not in general use but I need access to them from time to time.  This works well for me.  But I also have other stacks for other purposes, and now I want to archive a stack.  In other words, I want to archive the notebooks within the stack (move them into Archive, right?) but I want to keep their relationship with one another, so keep them in their stack.  But you can't stack within stacks.  Fredhammersmith, at 25k+ notes, I am not in your league, but I feel your pain.

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3 minutes ago, cmaryon said:

Just to wake this up a bit, I have an Archive stack with notebooks within it which are not in general use but I need access to them from time to time.  This works well for me.  But I also have other stacks for other purposes, and now I want to archive a stack.  In other words, I want to archive the notebooks within the stack (move them into Archive, right?) but I want to keep their relationship with one another, so keep them in their stack.  But you can't stack within stacks.  Fredhammersmith, at 25k+ notes, I am not in your league, but I feel your pain.

Please, consider to vote.

That's the only way Evernote will listen us.

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1 hour ago, cmaryon said:

Just to wake this up a bit, I have an Archive stack with notebooks within it which are not in general use but I need access to them from time to time.  This works well for me.  But I also have other stacks for other purposes, and now I want to archive a stack.  In other words, I want to archive the notebooks within the stack (move them into Archive, right?) but I want to keep their relationship with one another, so keep them in their stack.  But you can't stack within stacks.  Fredhammersmith, at 25k+ notes, I am not in your league, but I feel your pain.

In the meantime pending any archive functionality, rough workaround would be to add a Stack.Notebook tag to the notes before you moved them to the archive.

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5 hours ago, cmaryon said:

Just to wake this up a bit, I have an Archive stack with notebooks within it which are not in general use but I need access to them from time to time.  This works well for me.  But I also have other stacks for other purposes, and now I want to archive a stack.  In other words, I want to archive the notebooks within the stack (move them into Archive, right?) but I want to keep their relationship with one another, so keep them in their stack.  But you can't stack within stacks.  Fredhammersmith, at 25k+ notes, I am not in your league, but I feel your pain.

I have a little workaround for this same problem I used to have.

Just like you, I have a stack named Archive.

Now, let's say U have this Project Stack, called PROJECT X
with notebooks inside this stack, named "X - BUDGET", "X - CALENDAR", "X - CREW", etc.

When the project is over,
I take all the notes inside "X-BUDGET", and I tagged them "X - Budget"
all the notes inside "X-CALENDAR", and I tagged them "X-Calendar", etc.
Then I move a all the notes (properly tagged) from all the notebooks inside the "PROJECT X" stack in a new Notebook called "PROJECT X (arch)."

And I move this notebook ("PROJECT X (arch).") in the ARCHIVE stack.

 

May looks complicated, but actually, it takes me about 15 minutes to close a project of 2000-3000 notes and archive it this way.
This way it is very easy eventually to "recreate" the old hierarchy of notebooks. Or to access the notes according to their previous notebook .

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Thanks guys for your replies.  Patricksan, sorry, I meant to but forgot.  Have now.  csihilling and fredhammersmith, thanks for your ideas, I'll do some experiments.  

Cheers. 

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20 hours ago, cmaryon said:

Thanks guys for your replies.  Patricksan, sorry, I meant to but forgot.  Have now.  csihilling and fredhammersmith, thanks for your ideas, I'll do some experiments.  

Cheers. 

Let us know how it goes, for future reference of others if nothing else.

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I absolutely need this feature.  When I'm teaching, I have a notebook for each class.  I have a notebook stack for each school where I've taught.  As I've exited academia, I would like to archive these notebooks while preserving their structure.  Going through and tagging everything isn't a solution, and doesn't solve the problem of the notebooks and stacks popping up when I'm trying to move notes or use the web clipper.

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1 minute ago, elusis said:

and doesn't solve the problem of the notebooks and stacks popping up when I'm trying to move notes or use the web clipper.

I also have this problem with obsolete tags

My solution is to prefix the name (aaaaaa) with x (xaaaaaa).

The names are still on the list, but they're sorted to the bottom

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On 5/12/2015 at 9:03 PM, CalS said:

Perhaps a listing of the things you cannot do without the feature that really limits the value to you would help the EN developers understand the use case.

The most critically value from Evernote or similar tools is finding your data easily. With no archive feature, you may have to find your file among hundreds of useless search results.

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3 hours ago, faruk.kutlu said:

The most critically value from Evernote or similar tools is finding your data easily. With no archive feature, you may have to find your file among hundreds of useless search results.

That seems to be the typical response.  I can’t speak to why EN doesn’t add an archive value to each note and create a with/without archive search.  The concept, priority, cost, performance - don’t know.

Personally, I find it easy on the rare occasion I get too large a search result to refine searches to get what I need using only the existing search capabilities without any artifices like an archive tag.  In any case, for whatever reason I get few search results where the note is not on the first page.  Could be my use case or how I use tags, I suppose.

No issue if EN adds this option assuming performance doesn’t suffer, but I probably wouldn’t use it.  

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1 hour ago, tacobravo said:

An archive tag will not work (effectively) in those situations. 

Please explain why this will not work (effectively)
It's working for me, effectively; but not efficiently - I have to add the filter to each of my views

>>we don't need to see the information again except in rare circumstances.

I agree.  When viewing my data, I exclude archived data by appying a filter (-tag:!Archive)
It seems to me that you don't understand how to apply filters when viewing your data

As noted in this discussion; Evernote has not provided any specific archiving feature, or filter.  
However the tools are there for applying this function

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57 minutes ago, tacobravo said:

It seems to me that most of the people who have responded to this lenghty thread proposing workarounds do not understand the use case.

I'm pretty sure the use case is understood.  The workarounds are just presented as alternatives pending EN implementing archiving or not.  

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1 hour ago, tacobravo said:

And if one is a consultant or does project work, chances are high that you have notes that are very similar, but which are unique to specific clients. An archive tag will not work (effectively) in those situations. 

This use case here seems to be independent from the archive issue, at least the way you describe it. There are any number of ways to identify notes specific to specific clients; tags and note titles being pretty popular. Having done that, you could then use an archive tag to further weed out old, irrelevant notes.

I will say this about the archive tag workaround, though: I'd guess that most folks who want some kind of archiving scheme want to be able to search current notes by default as their most common use case, but  only rarely want to search outdated notes. The archive tag makes the user turn things around, requiring them to explicitly exclude old irrelevant notes in their most common use case. That's not very efficient.

My usual approach it to keep a notebook of current projects and tasks, and search that first (could be a stack, I suppose). Once a task is completed, it gets retired to a Journal notebook, and I won't see it unless I really need to. I realize that this may not scale to other folks' organization or work flow. I can sympathize, though this isn't really much of a problem for me.

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1 hour ago, LilMarauder said:

I do not need to see the dozens of notebooks of old notes and projects from my old job, unless I go looking for them specifically (as a favor to a former coworker).

Until/if EN ever adds archiving you could create a second account, particularly if you only want to view the old company notes as a favor.  Might also find out how the old company feels about ex employees keeping company data.

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Tagging broadly helps you find stuff, not lose stuff.  The point of archiving is that the archived material by default does not appear in the search.  You want it excluded unless you specifically include it.  My workaround (and I'm sure others have probably mentioned it) is to move archived notes into an archived notebook.  It's not great, but it works for now.

To LiMaurader, you can set a default notebook in Web Clipper, or tell it to choose the last book you used, that should help you avoid clipping to notebooks you consider archived?

C

 

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1 hour ago, LilMarauder said:

I do not need to see the dozens of notebooks of old notes and projects from my old job, unless I go looking for them specifically

My work around is to prefix my archived notebooks and tags with an x.  They still get listed, but at least they get sorted to the bottom

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19 minutes ago, LilMarauder said:

has not received any response from an EN representative, even to say "this is not a feature request we can foresee adding based on a fundamental piece of code/fundamental part of our mission"

Sometimes deafening silence is a statement...  ;)

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9 minutes ago, cmaryon said:

....you can set a default notebook in Web Clipper, or tell it to choose the last book you used, that should help you avoid clipping to notebooks you consider archived?

C

 

I had turned on smart filing so long ago that I did forget that there were other options - my apologies :huh:

@DTLow Adding to the front of notebook names is certainly going to help a bit, thank you for adding that to the rote response about tagging (I know that I won't remember to exclude a tag in searches - congrats that it works for you -  I just know myself enough to not even invest the time in it)

@CalS - yes, sometimes deafening silence is the answer, but deafening silence does go two ways...this is why tech companies are feeling the need for good PR people (insert vague reference to most of Silicon Valley)

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+1 vote for an archive feature or at minimum a "do not search this folder" option.

I've been using EN since 2010 and have 15k+ notes (in my work acct - no idea about my personal one). I currently use a "ZZZ Archive" notebook stack and tag. Boy do I not need to search all notes every time.

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8 minutes ago, 10gallonhat said:

or at minimum a "do not search this folder" option.

I've been using EN since 2010 and have 15k+ notes (in my work acct - no idea about my personal one). I currently use a "ZZZ Archive" notebook stack and tag. Boy do I not need to search all notes every time.

No "do not search this notebook" option, but there is a "do not search this tag" option (-tag:"ZZZ Archive")

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58 minutes ago, LilMarauder said:

@CalS - yes, sometimes deafening silence is the answer, but deafening silence does go two ways...this is why tech companies are feeling the need for good PR people (insert vague reference to most of Silicon Valley)

Wasn't commenting on the appropriateness of the lack of response, just that it is a response.   <shrug>

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3 minutes ago, CalS said:

Wasn't commenting on the appropriateness of the lack of response, just that it is a response.   <shrug>

Agreed. We're all just users here...

@cmaryon -  is there a real "Archive" ish feature in Evernote? I've been looking and can't find anything that actually uses the word...do you have to create a new notebook? 

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3 minutes ago, LilMarauder said:

@cmaryon -  is there a real "Archive" ish feature in Evernote? I've been looking and can't find anything that actually uses the word...do you have to create a new notebook? 

No, there is no archiving :) that's why we're all still here! Dissatisfied with the absence of archiving and with having negative searching for tags repeatedly offered as a solution.

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1 hour ago, DTLow said:

Missing in Evernote is the "by default".  The default is all material appears in the search.  You have to specifically exclude archived material

>>My workaround (and I'm sure others have probably mentioned it) is to move archived notes into an archived notebook.  It's not great, but it works for now.

Warning: you can't exclude archived notebooks from a search.  Exclusion works for tags (-tag:aaaa) but not for notebooks

Ahhhh ... the exclusion filtering for tags is great! Thanks!

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thanks for clarifying - in this post (at least how I read it) it seemed like there was a second flavor of "archive" that Evernote actually did use. Glad I wasn't missing a half-feature!

"repeatedly offered as a solution" is right <_< - I get it, it may work for some, but I pay the same as every other premium user so I want a solution that works for me too!

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When the archive function will be available? It is already more than 3 years since the request raised

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16 hours ago, YSLOO said:

When the archive function will be available? It is already more than 3 years since the request raised

Evernote has given no indication they're interested in implementing an archive function.

You could look into the solutions presented in this discussion.  I use an archive tag to exclude archived notes from searches

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I think this is a great idea. I have many documents that I want to keep but aren't relevant to my search. It doesn't sound like a complicate change. Exclude anything in the "No Search 01 - No Search 10" notebooks.

Let me know when it's done. :)

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On 2018-02-12 at 1:16 PM, Sal Internicola said:

I think this is a great idea. I have many documents that I want to keep but aren't relevant to my search.

To indicate your support for this request, use the voting buttons in the upper left corner of the discussion

>>It doesn't sound like a complicate change. Exclude anything in the "No Search 01 - No Search 10" notebooks.

I don't want to move my notes to a different notebook; my notebook setup is fine
I just want to

  1. flag notes as archived
  2. exclude from searches

Evernote has not indicated an interest in implementing specific archive features,
also the search feature doesn't allow exclusion by notebook

Working with the existing features, my solution is

  1. flag notes as archived, using tag !Archive
  2. exclude from searches, using    -tag:!Archive

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I would also much appreciate an archive function.

Specifically the archive should reside within each notebook for any notes of that notebook that is archived.

 

Moving notes or tagging notes doesn't resolve the clutter problem and risks losing the primary benefit of the notebooks  (centralized organization, and 'seamless' approach to organize). The suggestions here are workarounds but they don't solve the primary issue.

 

I easily make hundreds of notes in a given notebook. As I know some notes are no longer relevant at a point in time I'd like to remove these so my notes are relevant for the tasks at hand. Consolidating notes into an archived note for a notebook resolves the clutter problem but i lose the visibility of the notes being viewable form a high-level since now multiple notes are buried in one card.

 

Feature function design: right click note> archive

Creates an archive sub notebook that contains the note.

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2 hours ago, Justin Webber said:

Feature function design: right click note> archive

Creates an archive sub notebook that contains the note.

OK, sounds easy. Oh wait, there are no subnotebooks in Evernote. Guess they'll need to create those, across all platforms and update the Evernote API to be able to deal with them. OK, then how is search handled? Are you saying you never want results returned from archived notes? Or sometimes you do? And if so, how is that handled? Is there an option to include archived notes in search? That's awkward. Is there a new search syntax for specifying that you want to search archived notes? The search language is not changed often, and affects all clients and the servers.

OK, maybe not quite so easy... :) 

Edit: I'm not saying it's a bad idea, mind. But it's more complicated than it may appear...

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1 hour ago, Justin Webber said:

Feature function design: right click note> archive

Agreed, we need a method to identify archived notes

Since this isn't an Evernote feature, my solution is to manually apply tag:!Archive
This is scriptable on my Mac

>>Creates an archive sub notebook that contains the note.

I'm not sure the benefit of this; what does it achieve?
My intent with archiviving is that notes are hidden from search results

As @jefito pointed out, there is no sub notebook facility in Evernote

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5 hours ago, jozefbaar said:

this is so pity that there is no Archive option in Evernote.

If you need an archiving solution you should review the posts in this discussion.  
The features in Evernote offer various archive options.

I use an Archive tag

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Yep! This feature would really come in handy as I have my old notes from my school days that I don't want to lose, among other things. I imagine that, by default, notes in Archive and Trash wouldn't be saved for offline viewing and editing, but the rest would be.

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On 6/23/2018 at 10:54 AM, kbhasi said:

I imagine that, by default, notes in Archive and Trash wouldn't be saved for offline viewing and editing, but the rest would be.

That's an interesting idea; Archive being similar to the Trash

There is currently a Trash feature; notes are available for offline viewing, the note must be restored before editing.  The original Notebook information is retained.

Notes in the Trash are excluded from searches; I'd want the option to include notes in the Archive

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@DTLowNo doubt you are trying to be helpful, but you risk coming across like a shill for Evernote. To be clear, all the solutions presented here to date, including your !Archive tag are workarounds: they are NOT functionally equivalent to a true archiving feature. Cheers, D

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13 hours ago, dloebs said:

@DTLowNo doubt you are trying to be helpful, but you risk coming across like a shill for Evernote. To be clear, all the solutions presented here to date, including your !Archive tag are workarounds: they are NOT functionally equivalent to a true archiving feature. Cheers, D

afaik  There are no Evernote shills.
I admit to being an Evernote fan.  I use the service to file all my digital documentation;  12K notes with a 75% archive

I do try to be helpful.  
I'm not into "Boohoo, Evernote's so bad" posts
I'm more interested in posts on how to make this product work; specifically how to archive my notes.
So, if you have any archiving solutions please let us know.

This is a Feature Request discussion.
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I'm a big fan of this request. Developer IDEs have the concept of a "Closed" Project which removes its reference from search and other places. Projects (in the case of Evernote, Notebooks or Stacks) can be easily closed or reopened.

My specific use case is that I have notes and materials from past projects and companies that I want to ignore in my current working context. I have similar notebook naming patterns for different areas of my work and responsibilities and it slows me down to have to select "the right" notebook from the new project.

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15 hours ago, joconnell said:

removes its reference from search

.I assign tag:!Archive to notes
To "remove its reference from search", use   -tag:!Archive

I also use a x prefix on notebooks, tags, titles, ...
They are not removed from lists but sort alphabetically to the bottom and can be more easily ignored.

edit:  As pointed out, this is a work-around to achieve archiving.  Evernote  hasn't implemented an archiving solution; hense the above request.  
To indicate your support for the request use the voting buttons in the top left corner of the discussion
To archive your data try the work-arounds presented in this discussion

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2 minutes ago, CalS said:

My preferred method has been to move the notes to a second EN account, which is a Basic account with about 6000 notes in it to date.

How difficult is the process of migrating these notes to another account though? I have close to that many notes - many of which with images (as I was an avid user of the evernote moleskein for several years)...with the data quota of a basic account it could take months to actually put that solution in to action...

I do agree that there is merit to this as a workaround - especially since multi-account support is a feature across all platforms now (I use all flavors of devices)...

Thank you for sharing that info CalS! I assume at this point that my account has been reported...so I will take your suggestion and continue to look for ways to make Evernote work for me...I've paid a lot for what I use...so I'd really like to stick with it.

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15 minutes ago, LilMarauder said:

How difficult is the process of migrating these notes to another account though? I have close to that many notes - many of which with images (as I was an avid user of the evernote moleskein for several years)...with the data quota of a basic account it could take months to actually put that solution in to action...

I bought Premium for a month when I did the first archive (pretty much search by project tags, export to ENEX, import from ENEX). 

Subsequently I have been able to manage archiving within the upload limit by importing into a local notebook when the volume exceeds the limit.  I then move them to a synced notebook as need be.  Doesn't bother me too much since I rarely access the notes anyway, hence the archive, and all notes are searchable from my PC anyway.  Fly in the ointment is if you have any notes greater than the individual note limit.

15 minutes ago, LilMarauder said:

Thank you for sharing that info CalS! I assume at this point that my account has been reported...

You are welcome.  Account has been reported???

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6 hours ago, CalS said:

My preferred method has been to move the notes to a second EN account, which is a Basic account with about 6000 notes in it to date.  Keeps these notes out of my searches for sure. 

I prefer to leave archived notes in place, just removed from non-archive view.   

 

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25 minutes ago, LilMarauder said:

My post got removed instead...we'll see my apologies in this post are accepted and allowed to remain.

Hmmm.  I suppose @joconnell will be the final arbiter.

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14 minutes ago, CalS said:

Hmmm.  I suppose @joconnell will be the final arbiter.

Oh, I'd not want to put that pressure on him. I wish no ill will or duress...

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I'm a contractor, and don't wan't old customers information residing on current customers network, in fact - that would be illegal.

By being able to include "archives" a'la outlook does it, I could access archives as needed. 

While tagging may work for some, the point is missed by the Evernote team. Since an integral part and selling point of Evernote is to integrate PDF, and pictures with notes and highlights, the DATABASE IS GROWING OUT OF HAND. I would rather loose one out of 10 databases of 1 gigabyte than one database of 10 gigabytes. 

 

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1 hour ago, stigskov said:

 old customers information residing on current customers network, in fact - that would be illegal.

In that case I would export the data to a backup; I use html format so I still access my notes.

>>I would rather loose one out of 10 databases of 1 gigabyte than one database of 10 gigabytes. 

My database is over 10GB and I don't plan to loose any data.  I've not needed them but I have backups.

 

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On 9/21/2018 at 12:13 PM, stigskov said:

I'm a contractor, and don't wan't old customers information residing on current customers network, in fact - that would be illegal.

By being able to include "archives" a'la outlook does it, I could access archives as needed. 

While tagging may work for some, the point is missed by the Evernote team. Since an integral part and selling point of Evernote is to integrate PDF, and pictures with notes and highlights, the DATABASE IS GROWING OUT OF HAND. I would rather loose one out of 10 databases of 1 gigabyte than one database of 10 gigabytes. 

 

Pending EN doing anything about archives, you could always create a second account and move the completed projects there.  Then you could access archives as needed.  Since you are a premium subscriber you can easily log into both accounts (even if the second is Basic) from the desktop app.  FWIW I do it this way without much if any pain.

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Great workaround ideas on archiving.  I would prefer to see an actual archive in EN.

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I've just been looking into this and have seen Synology Note Station, which is apparently quite a competent Evernote clone has an 'archive' feature. I haven't tested this yet as my own Synology NAS is currently in storage whilst I move house but as soon as it's back up and running I'm going to be looking into this. Also has an Evernote migration feature.

Please note, I have no connection to Synology and am not receiving any kind of incentive for this post, I am just a very avid Synology NAS user.

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I agree with an archive function it would be phenomenal. EN provides an option to delete a note or notebook, if I deleted that note by accident, I can go to EN trash and restore the note or deleted forever. So, having an archive function similar to the delete is not much to ask. I mean you already have the function to delete adding an archive will make a lot of users happy and allow us to have a clean slate. 

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10 hours ago, amcolonjr said:

I agree with an archive function it would be phenomenal. EN provides an option to delete a note or notebook, if I deleted that note by accident, I can go to EN trash and restore the note or deleted forever. So, having an archive function similar to the delete is not much to ask. I mean you already have the function to delete adding an archive will make a lot of users happy and allow us to have a clean slate. 

Did not think about it! Yes, it seems to share a lot with the EN trash.

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10 hours ago, amcolonjr said:

So, having an archive function similar to the delete is not much to ask.

Deleted notes are flagged (tagged) and no longer appear in with non-deleted notes.
Yes, there is a Trash section, but notes can no longer be searched, or listed by notebook/tag.

I'd like the option to exclude/include archived notes with my regular note processing.

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26 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Deleted notes are flagged (tagged) and no longer appear in with non-deleted notes.
Yes, there is a Trash section, but notes can no longer be searched, or listed by notebook/tag.

I'd like the option to exclude/include archived notes with my regular note processing.

This is exactly why it is interesting, from my point-of-view.

And they can be restored to be fully featured again.

Do they lose their tags and other meta-data?

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11 minutes ago, fredhammersmith said:

And they can be restored to be fully featured again.
Do they lose their tags and other meta-data?

afaik  Restoring a note from Trash is a complete restore with tags and other metadata; it just turns off the "Trash" flag.
I'd prefer to have full features in Archive without restoring the notes.

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1 hour ago, DTLow said:

afaik  Restoring a note from Trash is a complete restore with tags and other metadata; it just turns off the "Trash" flag.
I'd prefer to have full features in Archive without restoring the notes.

So... if you replace the Trash tag by Archive, at least mentally, you get the Archive solution a lot of people are hoping for?

Seems too good to be true.

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19 hours ago, #pacman said:

right now it's actually counterproductive to use Evernote over time.

I agree that Evernote has indicated no interest in implementing a specific archive function.
afaik  This has been the position since the product was initially released; nothing new here

For myself, Evernote continues to be a productive tool for the storage and access of my data.

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31 minutes ago, tacobravo said:

I completely switched to OneNote. While that may not be the right approach for everyone (OneNote has its pros and cons), for this scenario OneNote is great. You can get stuff out of Evernote, but it's still accessible...and one thing OneNote does very well is search (better IMHO then searching within Windows). Just my two cents. 

I agree! It got to the point that I was beginning to worry about accessing my data so I wanted to get it off the platform. 

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47 minutes ago, tacobravo said:

It got to the point that I was beginning to worry about accessing my data so I wanted to get it off the platform

Why is that, and does it relate to the archive funtion?

I have over 12,000 notes and no problems  accessing my data.

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10 minutes ago, DTLow said:

Why is that, and does it relate to the archive funtion?

I have over 12,000 notes and no problems  accessing my data.

I don't want to start a riot or say anything unwarranted, but the company has had a lot of management turnover and is not profitable. That plus their complete lack of concern about this issue and I wanted my data somewhere where I knew I could control it. I wanted to get it off their platform before I had no choice. To be fair, a lot of startups go through this, and I understand the dynamic, but I wanted to make sure my data didn't get orphaned in an app that was no longer supported. 

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24 minutes ago, tacobravo said:

and is not profitable.

Latest news is Evernote now has a positive cash flow.

>>I wanted my data somewhere where I knew I could control it. I wanted to get it off their platform before I had no choice. 

My data backups  include a weekly full export in html format.

My data is off the Evernote platform, and under my control.

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50 minutes ago, faruk.kutlu said:

The most critically value from Evernote or similar tools is finding your data easily. With no archive feature, you may have to find your file among hundreds of useless search results.

There are various archive solutions presented in this discussion.  My solution is to use an !Archive tag

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