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Different Colors for Highlighter

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Here are 2 half-decent workarounds I've tinkered with that you can use via Chrome extensions on the Web Client:

 

AlterNote:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/alternote-editor/hljkfahiahjhhpmpihngnommookkneji?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

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Add-ons for Evernote Web App:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/add-ons-for-evernote-web/bnflfnhcfikgmmcmoghhejelmefpjhek?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

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Both extensions have other features which extend Evernote's editor... such as list sorting, etc... which might be worth looking into :-)

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If it helps, in the meantime, you could copy paste highlight "swatches" from software like MS Word and paste them into a master note in Evernote that you can reference easily. I know, right? Probably not worth it. It depends how much you want it.

 

Frank, thanks for the suggestion, but that really doesn't work.  The purpose of a highlighter is to emphasize something AS you are reading it.  Going to another app would be way too much distraction/work.

 

It's not like this is something hard.  Every other app I have used that offers a highlight tool also offers a choice of colors.

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Seems like people who made Evernote, don't use it. Highlighting with different colour is the most basic of things while making notes. It looks stupid on the part of the coder, that he/she gave complete colour palette to colour the text but not to highlight it. Makes absolutely no sense. 

And even after so many upgrades over the years, they have not included this option in their software. This is height of idiocy. 

Sometimes its good to look at the competition. Have a look at microsoft Onenote. Its got tons of editing options. The only reason why people use evernote is that they haven't ever used Onenote. 

I've used both the softwares and like Onenote more than Evernote.

Coders at Evernote... Wake up.. Bring more editing options like Onenote has....

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I, too, would like to use different colors to highlight different text. That type of ability to use colors to visually manage information is extremely helpful.

 

John

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If it helps, in the meantime, you could copy paste highlight "swatches" from software like MS Word and paste them into a master note in Evernote that you can reference easily. I know, right? Probably not worth it. It depends how much you want it.

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I am adding a support post for this idea.  I use highlight for various headings within a text document and it would be useful to "code" them with different colours.  Maybe a dropdown from the highlight button to give the choice of 5 or so colours?

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6 hours ago, TheMattyMiller said:

i wonder why this is not available. seems so obvious. 

Maybe because this isn't a high priority  feature request.  
The vote count is Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 7.04.04 AM.png (upper left corner of the discussion)

Please indicate your support for the request by voting

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3 hours ago, DTLow said:

Maybe because this isn't a high priority  feature request.  
The vote count is Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 7.04.04 AM.png (upper left corner of the discussion)

Or maybe it's not the most obviously accessible. +1's anywhere in the forum count... and it was once rumored that Evernote employees read through all posts. So either way. this is no secret. 

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Just used the highlighter for the first time. Immediately thought "Why don't I highlight different parts in different colors?"

I was quite bamboozled that I couldn't find a way to do this. Turns out this feature doesn't exist, which seems ridiculous for a note taking service.

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Please DO IT.  At the very least offer a few options relevant to the feature, i.e. HIGHLIGHTING.  Like a nice highlighter style yellow, blue, green, etc.  I'm not trying to pee stain my words!

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Hi. Wondering if anyone from Evernote is going to respond and provide some feedback as to whether this is a feature that will be added in an upcoming release, or if this is a feature that will not ever be implemented so we as users can set our expectations accordingly. Anyone?

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Hi @MissMackBailey,

The feature request forum is a means of letting the Evernote development team know what things you'd like to see implemented, however it doesn't guarantee that the features requested will be added to the application.

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16 hours ago, MissMackBailey said:

Hi. Wondering if anyone from Evernote is going to respond and provide some feedback as to whether this is a feature that will be added in an upcoming release, or if this is a feature that will not ever be implemented so we as users can set our expectations accordingly. Anyone?

In my experience, and based on the comments of some Evernote employees, they don't often announce upcoming features until they're almost ready to go (and you can see them in beta releases), nor do they often definitively rule out future development directions. All in all, It's probably better to base your expectations on what is actually in the product than what may appear some time later.

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Premium user - converting to One Note if they don't get multi color highlighting. So stupid for a notes program not to have. The freebie apps I use for editing PDFs on my iPad ALL have it. Can't be hard to do.

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4 hours ago, lbatt said:

Premium user - converting to One Note if they don't get multi color highlighting. So stupid for a notes program not to have. The freebie apps I use for editing PDFs on my iPad ALL have it. Can't be hard to do.

There's a huge list of features not offered by Evernote, and highlighting colors is a minor entry.
However, if that is what's most important to you; you should look elsewhere.

Personally, I value EN for its data organization and search features.

I do find the note editor quite basic.  
When doing serious work, I often switch to dedicated apps.  
When finished, I export the work to PDF and store it in Evernote.

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please make this happen!! I've been waiting for this feature since 2013. Software such as OneNote allows for various colours to highlight with.. I don't see why this has been overlooked.

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I agree. I use different colors to highlight different aspects of text. Like where the conclusions are, where the questions are in the text etc. This is a very basic and needed function - especially for students.

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I absolutely don't understand this feature missing from the web client. Highlighting, at least in a single color, is an essential feature for annotating text.

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I absolutely love this app and I find it extremely useful for my studies but I can't believe that such a great app doesn't have the option to change the highlighter's color which is an important and basic feature! 

Can you please please please add it? It would be perfect! 

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I too love Evernote and have been using it since 2012..The ability to 'highlight' is a real need.I looked for a work around and like many on this topic, found that OneNote provided the answer.. Until Evernote address this slight deficiency, I just create the note I wish in OneNote,then,copy and paste into Evernote.. There are many reasons to use Evernote other than OneNote and at moment, it is my preference..Just one last comment,OneNote is MSFT creation and as such synchronizes with Word docs..much more simply..In my opinion Evernote should make it a priority to address the 'highlight' feature or people may switch to other notetakers...

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Lack of highlighting in different colours has been driving me mad ever since started using evernote in 2008. This has always been my top annoyance.    Clearly the code is already there,  since, as noted by others,  highlighted text pasted in from other apps happily displays in other colours. Essentially all we need is  a  highlighting colour widget alongside bold and italic, etc. to give native access. One reason that this is  now super urgent is that when  f.lux  switches on evening screen colours on MacOS, the existing yellow highlights become completely invisible making a nonsense of highlighted evernote texts. Pretty please  could you fix this. It would  make  us all so happy. Many thanks for considering.

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I agree with Sofiya.  Please give us this feature.  I makes note taking much more efficient.  Much better.  I work in two languages and having two colors of highlight would be awesome.  Thank you.  ขอบคุณมาก

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Multiple highlighting colours are desperately needed by anyone who uses Evernote for serious notetaking. The lack of formatting options in general, but especially highlighting, constantly tempt me to switch to OneNote. Please add more colours. It's such a basic feature, after all.

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It's clear, they simply don't want to do it or they don't read their own forum. This request exists "for ages" (and it's difficult to understand why they introduced a single color highlighter only). It would take them couple of hours more + some testing to fix this useful feature (this is just a different color and existing color selector can be used for that!). They rather introduce less important stuff (e.g. note reminders etc.). As well, there is no quick way how to report bugs (and possibly missing features) right from the app. If I spot an error (and I've encountered numerous bugs so far), I won't definitely go to forum and report that (and I'm pretty sure many others neither). This is simply too cumbersome to me. If they need to track a bug, they can start a forum thread themselves. It should be no.1 priority for them to identify and fix bugs to keep their users happy, but to me it seems it isn't. I don't see any real progress in development of the desktop app. (especially concerning the central point - editor). To me Evernote is love and hate at the same time, but these rather small issues and inability to resolve them for a long time are killing the app & Evernote reputation. That's just my opinion on that. Peace B)

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I've been using Evernote for a good while, but only just stumbled on this comments area. I would also like to see the addition of 'changing' colour highlighting - it would be very handy - I note the comment re chrome adjunct - shame I don't use chrome -I switched to firefox - need perhaps to look into firefox then.

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I would very much like to have more colors available in the highlighter.  The lack has been bugging me for a long time.  I did not know this particular forum existed, so I finally sent a request for enhancement to support and got referred here by the expert network to add my voice.  I don't know which works better to get this prioritized, but it can't hurt to do both.

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I too am looking for different colors for hi-liting.  Not only do we not have enough colors, the color we have is quite ugly.  Please Evernote, add this!! 

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You need to build support for different color highlighters - because it's YOUR fault that I want them now.

I read your recent blog post about the Eisenhower Matrix - where you recommend using different colors to highlight tasks that are urgent & important, vs. important & not urgent, etc.  You convinced me!  And now I find out I can't highlight my task list using the colors you suggest.  Don't tease me, bro.

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18 hours ago, Bruno Schmitz said:

Why, after 2 years, this simple resource isn't implanted yet?

One answer would be because most (like of 90%) are unwilling to pay for the product
Development work costs money

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch,
He said to me, "You must not ask for so much."
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,
She cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for more?"

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1 hour ago, Edith K said:

the yellow colour does not allow me to colour code

I use the text colour feature to colour my code (Mac)

global yyyymmdd, dddd, scriptLog, scriptStatus
property scriptLog : ""
property scriptStatus : ""
 
set scriptLog to scriptLog & return & (current date) & " Evernote Reminders Script started"
 
GetDate()
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On 2017-6-3 at 3:08 AM, xmasmoneky said:

You need to build support for different color highlighters - because it's YOUR fault that I want them now.

I read your recent blog post about the Eisenhower Matrix - where you recommend using different colors to highlight tasks that are urgent & important, vs. important & not urgent, etc.  You convinced me!  And now I find out I can't highlight my task list using the colors you suggest.  Don't tease me, bro.

This has been missing for ages and is an obvious feature to get implemented.  Tired of sitting next to colleagues using OneNote colour coding their lists and to xmasmoneky's point, your blog post even talks to colour coding.  The irony :).  Workaround of having a master note to cut and paste is an annoying workaround for what should be something relatively simple to implement. 

Upvoted :)

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They are literally ignoring this (easy to implement) feature for years now. I basically resigned on this as there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel..

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I am a paying user and i am dumbfounded that there is no option to change highlight colors... it is literally a note-taking service. What is with this?? And why is it taking light years for Evernote to even acknowledge the missing feature, much less add it??? This is a MUST!

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I agree with the appeals for the highlighter to be available in various colours.  It is amazing that after more than a year-and-a-half there doesn't appear to be a response here from Evernote.  Are these requests registered?  Would you please respond to the long list of queries?

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I have used the pay version of Evernote for 3+ yrs, however, I will not be renewing. Because of the lack of this essential feature which is really basic table stakes for any enterprise "note taking productivity" app, I was swayed to check out One Note, which not only offers multi-color highlighting but other end-user friendly functionality that Evernote continues to ignore, I've now been converted. Sadly its goodbye Evernote!

My parting ask- How about you try to throw a very obvious much-needed feature bone to your customers every now and then and I might come back.

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Greenhouze like you I have been a paid subscriber for several years. I'm very disappointed in Evernote's lack of attention to this issue.  I haven't decided yet what I am going to do but I did use OneNote prior to Evernote and loved it.  I just may go back as well and I already have it so it will be an easy switch.  

Evernote you need to stop ignoring us.  

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I was sure I just had not seen the option to change the color. I said to myself "it cannot not exist, right"? Then I googled for it and found this thread. I can't believe such a simple feature is not implemented.

I too have been a paying subscriber for quite a while, but there are more and more things that have been annoying me lately with the Windows client, this lack of coloring me being one of them. I'm been trying out OneNote for a few weeks, but I don't really like their Android app for now. Might take me a while to get used to it thought, it is quite different from the Evernote app.

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I understand that this is a minor feature, but it would also be trivial to implement. So why not just do it?

And frankly, many of the major upgrades are features I don't want, or or don't like after I try them, or don't work properly and waste my time. Evernote's core business is (was?) note-taking. At least get that part right!

Take a clue from Amazon: every tiny piece of friction in the user experience can add up to the customer looking somewhere else for gratification.

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Another vote for this feature.  I use different colours to designate the purpose of the information. 

As to the comment about "development costs money"

  • there are plenty of paid users on here asking for this,
  • since you can paste in other colour highlights from Word, it can store and display it, so we only need the interface to offer us the colour choice.
  • if "development costs" is the driving factor, then offer basic highlights for the free users, and multi-colour highlights as an upgrade feature.  [Along with so many other usability requests, like styles, that power users would pay for, if they aren't already paying]

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On 9/14/2016 at 4:58 PM, DTLow said:

There's a huge list of features not offered by Evernote, and highlighting colors is a minor entry.
However, if that is what's most important to you; you should look elsewhere.

Personally, I value EN for its data organization and search features.

I do find the note editor quite basic.  
When doing serious work, I often switch to dedicated apps.  
When finished, I export the work to PDF and store it in Evernote.

Except many people consider different colours and formatting as important visual organizational tools.  [And incidentally, so does Evernote who has had blog posts on that point]

There's quite a bit of room between here and the power of dedicated apps.  Note taking is serious work.

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44 minutes ago, CraigZ said:

As to the comment about "development costs money"

Please use the forum quoting feature so that people know who you're replying to. Thanks.

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1 hour ago, CraigZ said:

since you can paste in other colour highlights from Word, it can store and display it, so we only need the interface to offer us the colour choice.

Confirmed; Looking at the html code (actually enml), the colour is stored.  I can actually modify it with a text editor.

<div><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 250, 165);-evernote-highlight:true;">Highlighted</span> Text</div>

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yeah!!  come on!!  I cant believe there is only 1 color for highlighting to chose from and a  a "yucky yellow" !!  :(....

 

please fix

 

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More customization and color coding is definitely something I would enjoy. I end up using different font colors within notes anyway but to be able to use the highlighter with different colors would be most welcome.

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I don't necessarily believe Evernote should be too bloated with features however many of us have come to expect many of the features that are bundled with Google Docs. That should be a baseline in 2018. Obviously Evernote is not there.

The product as it works fine but does anyone know if they intend to make any feature additions or changes at all?

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Premium user for many years and this is such an obvious flaw.  

Evernote:  Please respond.

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On 2/12/2018 at 10:02 AM, jyl said:

Premium user for many years and this is such an obvious flaw.  

Evernote:  Please respond.

We're looking into it! No estimate yet on when/if to expect this, but agreed, it is a great feature request. Thank you for being such a longtime Premium user.

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9 minutes ago, Jay-Bob said:

We're looking into it! No estimate yet on when/if to expect this, but agreed, it is a great feature request. Thank you for being such a longtime Premium user.

Nice to see an employee response/feedback for sure. I am sure everybody appreciates that. Thank you.

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Adding in my support for this! I'm doing initial qualitative data analysis and notes coding, and having highlighter colors would really help speed up my research progress (especially since I depend so much on Evernote now). Please please please add in this feature!

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Do we have an update for more colors in Highlighting please? As an Evernote Premium user, we hope an improvement would be soon on this.

This is very basic, so please since 2015, how many years do we still need to wait?

Thanks

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On 3/29/2018 at 1:51 PM, Tsiry said:

Do we have an update for more colors in Highlighting please? As an Evernote Premium user, we hope an improvement would be soon on this.

This is very basic, so please since 2015, how many years do we still need to wait?

1) Update, from Twitter on Sunday, attached as an image below.
2) How many years do we have to wait? More. More years.

2018-03-30_19-56-47.png

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Come on Evernote, don't yawn and moan about a huge todo list, just add highlight colors. Then you'll have one item less from your huge todo-list.

 

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I would also like to see Evernote include choices of highlighting color.  I'm currently needing to use 3 different colors of highlighting on one note.  Changing the font color is a problem for me as I don't see as well as I used to, and the current "highlighter" color is just dark enough to make the text hard to read within it. I'm not willing to have to sign into another program to bring my Evernote stuff into just so I can highlight it in a way that will work for me.  I am going to check out OneNote and what it offers.  This could be a dealbreaker for me.

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