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No, but you could tag it and then be careful when you empty your trash.

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No, but you could tag it and then be careful when you empty your trash.

But I guess I would be careful in first place, but that's not what I'm after - anyone can delete something by an accident.

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But I guess I would be careful in first place, but that's not what I'm after - anyone can delete something by an accident.

As metrodon pointed out, no, you cannot flag/tag a note for read only.

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My Laptop is 15', so I would want to more space to read the note.

I think it would be better if it provides a read-only mode for the NoteEditorView, using a button to toggle the mode between read-only mode and readwrite mode.

In the read-only mode, hide the title bar, format tool bar, link and css bar etc, only retain the contents panel is enough.

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Hi!

Is there a way to lock Evernote to prevent "accidental" changes or edits to already completed notes?

Evernote is now my goto second brain. I have valuable memories in it. Things that I now reference, that do not need any further editing.

So if this feature doesn't exist, I would like to request that it be included. Just a simple switch or menu item to turn off editing.

Thank you!

Darrin.

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No, this is not available.

Several other users in the past have requested various types of locks ranging from simple software locks to advanced encryption techniques.

This is a hot topic and Evernote is aware of the wide range of requests.

Best advice I can offer - be sure to backup your Evernote database regularly. Don't rely only on the cloud.

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Actually, as of January, we added the ability on the back-end to make specific notes Read-only in the clients. It's currently only available via API.

This is an interesting idea, to allow users to turn on that switch.

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Was wondering whether that was coming or not, since I knew you had the ability under the hood, for Hello and Food.

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Something I think would be cool is to have notes auto locked if they haven't been modified in X number of days. Maybe even done on the server side rather than client side so as to not affect upload usage.

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I like BNF's idea. Even though I am not terribly concerned about deleting stuff, since I never empty my trash, I do accidentally modify the wrong note on occassion. Early drafts of things get re-worked, and then I realize that I had a newer draft already, and I am wasting my time. Not only that, but I have ruined the early draft by messing around with it (deleting things here and there, moving stuff around, etc.). The scary thing is that I sometimes reproduce the same stuff! But, not always :) It would just be nice to know that old stuff is locked. Unlocking is no big deal compared to the hassle of recovering stuff.

And, you know I am going to say it: you could give us the option to toggle this auto-lock on/off :)

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And, you know I am going to say it: you could give us the option to toggle this auto-lock on/off :)

Heh. Options are for developers who are afraid of making choices... :)

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And, you know I am going to say it: you could give us the option to toggle this auto-lock on/off :)

Heh. Options are for developers who are afraid of making choices... :)

Balderdash! (yes, I know who you are quoting)

Developers have to make choices one way or another when they design the default UI. That reflects their decisions, and if they did a good job (Evernote usually does), then most users will never have to mess around with any settings.

Giving users the ability to customize their experience is a choice as well, and it is pretty rare that I hear someone complaining about being able to do what they want to do :)

Taking away the user's ability to customize their experience, or deciding not to offer a feature is a choice as well, and I think a lot of customers complain when they cannot do what they want to do! It is especially painful when a feature Evernote developed to perfection is removed or radically altered, when a toggle would have satisfied everyone :(

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Hmm, I thought that I was quoting myself... and kidding, too...

Frankly, since note locking is available through the API, it might be a good 3rd-party opportunity.

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Hmm, I thought that I was quoting myself... and kidding, too...

Frankly, since note locking is available through the API, it might be a good 3rd-party opportunity.

dlu said that somewhere in the forums. I guess great minds think alike! My mind may not be as great, but I know what I want :)

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since I back everything up with Crashplan I can easily restore all my file's (not just Evernote) past versions or even deleted files (from previous days up to previous years). Everything is retained forever and there are no limits.

I actually had a problem recently when an app (Byword) on iPad deleted all of its files from the Dropbox. Took me just a couple of clicks to restore everything without any problem. I guess I could have contacted Dropbox support and ask them to restore those files for me but doing it myself is just much faster.

so the bottom line - automatic backup is awesome.

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I love keeping track of recipes in Evernote and clipping ones I find on the web.

 

I hate that often in the middle of cooking I accidentally edit and delete parts of the recipe. Its extremely frustrating, and it happens often enough that I'm trying to find another option browse my recipes.

 

Please consider adding an option to lock notes from editing!

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There are at least a couple of other threads with this same request, with only crickets in response. 

 

Hi. I don't think of myself as a cricket :)

 

Requests for features occur all the time around here. Sometimes Evernote staff respond. Sometimes they don't. Most of the time, they cannot comment on the roadmap, so there isn't much to say. However, they read all of the posts.

 

As for the other users (this is a user forum), this feature has been requested in the past (by myself and others), and there isn't much more to say about it, I guess. Here are some ideas for "locking" notes. 

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/35413-can-i-lock-my-note/?p=191517

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There are at least a couple of other threads with this same request, with only crickets in response.

Actually, there are some threads with very recent replies (as in just a few HOURS before *your* post), such as the first two links below. The reason some threads have no reply may be b/c people don't use the search function to see if their request has been addressed before & the regulars on the board get tired of posting the same reply to the same question. The search function is your friend.

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/35437-suggestion-ability-to-lock-changes/

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/35413-can-i-lock-my-note/

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/22032-lock-a-note-function/

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/28111-request-lockunlock-individual-notes-for-windows/

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/18706-how-to-lock-notes-against-deleting-or-editing/

http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/25110-request-lock-evernote-make-notes-read-only/

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I'm wondering, isn't it absolutely necessary to introduce such a button like "Toggle Edit Mode" or "Lock Edit" or whatsoever the name, in order to protect notes from unwanted changes or editings? Very often than not the notes are changed without out deliberate operation, right? Isn't that annoying? For example, when you have opened a note, and are or are'nt reading the note, but you touched the keyboards unintentionally and the note is changed -- what's worse, you may have not noticed it. Isn't it an annoiance? Further, even you can guard against mis-editing or mis-changes, isn't it a helly experience to do so? Why not introduce a "Toggle Edit Mode" or "Lock Edit" button, which is very easy to do, just like the android version EN, or other note-taking software, like myBase, the clips of the relevant interface is attached here.
 

 

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That already exists in Android - there's an Edit button for those who (like me) tend to hit random keys while trying not to drop the phone.  Don't see it's necessary on desktop clients - don't know about iOS.

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Not avialable in iOS -- or if it is it's not easy to find

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It appeared in Android because some users had a rant about how unrealistic it was to show notes in an editable state - because that led to accidentally altered and deleted notes.

 

Of course there are now the rants about how long it takes to edit a note given that extra keypress...

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 . . . Of course there are now the rants about how long it takes to edit a note given that extra keypress...

 

Ha!, Isn't that just the way?  

 

It should default to editable and  then a special key or button to lock it

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I prefer the current version - tapping EDIT is only a fingertwitch,  and everything defaults to safe unless you take a specific action to change it.

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"Lock Edit" would be useful to avoid "conflicting changes" too;

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Until EN gets around to it... "CTRL + S" (save) and "F9" (synch) every 15-sec or so is my workaround to this issue (WIN desktop).

 

 

 

I hope this may prevent much future heartburn for others!

 

Alan

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I found this thread not because I'm trying to prevent myself from messing up my notes, but a "Read-only option for individual notes and notebooks alike is useful when you need to share a note or notebook with someone but you don't want that other person or people modifying the note.

It's hard to believe when the Evernote team conceived this app that they wouldn't consider the usefulness of making some notes read only; especially shared notes and notebooks.

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I found this thread not because I'm trying to prevent myself from messing up my notes, but a "Read-only option for individual notes and notebooks alike is useful when you need to share a note or notebook with someone but you don't want that other person or people modifying the note.

It's hard to believe when the Evernote team conceived this app that they wouldn't consider the usefulness of making some notes read only; especially shared notes and notebooks.

 

Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

 

Anyway, you can already share a single note as read-only via email. You can also share a notebook as read-only with another Evernote user; that's the default anyways.

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Yes i'd also like the lock feature to prevent accidential deleation of note contents.

Should be implemented across all platforms

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Just as an FYI, there are programs on the market that can password protect entire apps. A quick Google search should bring some up.

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Hi... Tried EN many moons ago, then went with OneNote but EN's cloud and accessible anywhere features are bringing me back...Enough kudos...

Is there a way to mark a note as "read-only" so I cannot accidentally erase or modify it? Thanks. Alex

 

 
+1 agree that this is a must have. 

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I also came to this note looking for a way to make a note "read-only" so that I do not accidentally modify it.  Also, l like sorting by last-modified, and I hate it when I have a years-old note and I fumble-finger something and now it's considered modified, and therefore shows up at the top of my list.

 

I'd like the read-only checkbox in the Info box (web version), if I had my choice of where to mark it read-only.

 

(I use the web interface the most since Evernote doesn't have a Linux client)

 

Edit: another thing is that I copy from articles I've stored, and when I try to copy some text, it goes into editor mode, which unselects the text I've selected, and takes a while for it to calm down for me to select the text again (web version).

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The feature to make a note read-only is a MUST HAVE feature.

Trash is not an option, we're talking about editing by mistake a note, even deleting some content, image or something else. So it's very important to make a note readonly.

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Hi folks,

 

I'd also like the ability to make notes Read-Only. It's very easy to modify or delete items by mistake - particularly working with mobile devices.

 

Thanks to everyone on the Evernote team for a great app, by the way.

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Me too.  There are lots of records that I have created that are for reference only, further editing not required.  I would like to be able to flag them so that I can't accidentally delete them or mess them up.

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The usual workaround that I suggest nowadays is to make a separate account for stuff that you are afraid that you might mess up by inadvertently editing them. Share the notebooks in that account as read-only to your main account, and you are saved from yourself.

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The usual workaround that I suggest nowadays is to make a separate account for stuff that you are afraid that you might mess up by inadvertently editing them. Share the notebooks in that account as read-only to your main account, and you are saved from yourself.

 

It's an ad-hoc thing.  Fiddling about sharing with myself from an additional account sounds a right PITA.  I just want to click a button "Make Read Only", "Protect from Changes" or whatever.

 

KD

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The usual workaround that I suggest nowadays is to make a separate account for stuff that you are afraid that you might mess up by inadvertently editing them. Share the notebooks in that account as read-only to your main account, and you are saved from yourself.

 

It's an ad-hoc thing.  Fiddling about sharing with myself from an additional account sounds a right PITA.  I just want to click a button "Make Read Only", "Protect from Changes" or whatever.

 

KD

 

 

Since there is not a way to do what you want & there is no way to know if Evernote will add this or not (since they do not discuss their roadmap), Jeff is simply offering you an alternate way to do what you are wanting to do (write protect notes).  Hence the term "workaround".

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Since there is not a way to do what you want & there is no way to know if Evernote will add this or not (since they do not discuss their roadmap), Jeff is simply offering you an alternate way to do what you are wanting to do (write protect notes).  Hence the term "workaround".

 

Yes, I know that.  I appreciate Jeff's suggestion, I was just adding my vote to Daniel's and Tom's above in the vague hope that it might get onto the roadmap.

 

KD

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The usual workaround that I suggest nowadays is to make a separate account for stuff that you are afraid that you might mess up by inadvertently editing them. Share the notebooks in that account as read-only to your main account, and you are saved from yourself.

 

It's an ad-hoc thing.  Fiddling about sharing with myself from an additional account sounds a right PITA.  I just want to click a button "Make Read Only", "Protect from Changes" or whatever.

 

Yes, that's what a workaround is. You have to work with the software as it is while you're waiting on the feature you want (if it's it's ever implemented).

 

Anyways, sharing accounts is actually not all that bad, if you have a fairly stable organizational scheme -- I use it myself, though in my case, it's to keep separate personal and work accounts: my personal account has all of my software development reference articles (which I want at work), and sometimes I work at home, so I want my work stuff available to my personal account. I don't have a lot of churn in my notebooks and tags, so it's no big deal.

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A few days ago I wrote copy pasted a web page...

While browsing through the page today I was trying to copy the text from this note to another note on my pc through the  desctop when accidentally instead of pressing the copy button i pressed the paste button. The entire note just vanished. I had to retrieve the whole note from web again.

How such mishaps can be prevented.

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Evernote can only go so far to protect you - your OS will help too;  Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z should undo a careless keystroke,  if you have a backup for your database you could retrieve that,  or if you're a premium user you'll have Note History.  As here,  if you lost a web page you can - usually- just go back and re-clip it using the URL in the note.  Editing a page though always carries the risk that you'll make unwanted changes by mistake.  If your data is important,  you could always use a copy of the original note...

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I support having an "EDIT" and "SAVE" button on Notes, just like we have for files.  Autosave to temp location could provide protection in case of crash or the user forgets to save.

 

Today, large monitors are cheap, and many users have two or more monitors.  With so many apps/documents open at once, It is not hard to mistake which app/document is current, and start typing/deleting/pasting when you did not intend to make any changes to Evernote.

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I too would love to see a feature that allows the locking on/off of notes from editing, on all devices. 

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There’s so much to appreciate about Evernote, and the Web Clipper is a great companion to it.

 

Oh but the inability to mark notes as read only is huge negative for me. It’s even more disappointing that a fairly simple addition to the UX (which is available to third-party developers or enterprising hackers) has been known about but put off for over five years. That’s a lifetime!

 

I would have considered a paid account at some point too.

 

I would contact Evernote directly, but I wouldn’t expect anything other than a non-comital brush off.

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Hi.  The only way (AFAIK) is to set up another account,  move the notes to that account,  and share a 'read only' notebook back to your original account.

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A lock icon on the note, akin to the lock in system preferences, would be good. Click the lock to lock the note (make it read only). Click it again to unlock with a confirmation dialog.

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This would be a huge help for me too.

 

Among other things, I use EN for code snippets and long commands. Almost daily, I'm toggling between EN and a command prompt, copy/pasting as I go. Invariably, I'll start typing while the Note still has the focus and mess up it up. 

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I up-voted (top right corner of this discussion)

and the vote is .....1

I encourage anyone supporting this request to vote.

Also - I posted a device agnostic feature request at 

 

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Can we make notes read only?  I accidentally hit information inside notes in trying to copy \ paste on my mobile.  Then I end up saving it only to find out later that I moved something.

Is there a way in Evernote to mark a notebook or note as read only so I don't accidentally change data?

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51 minutes ago, rjparker1 said:

Can we make notes read only?  I accidentally hit information inside notes in trying to copy \ paste on my mobile.  Then I end up saving it only to find out later that I moved something.

Is there a way in Evernote to mark a notebook or note as read only so I don't accidentally change data?

afaik There is no read-only option

Its been discussed in the forums.

The workaround I use is to convert my note to pdf format.

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On 4/8/2016 at 2:58 PM, DTLow said:

afaik There is no read-only option

Its been discussed in the forums.

The workaround I use is to convert my note to pdf format.

Genius.. that's good enough for me, thanks.

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I also want read-only notes, or at least the option to open any note as read-only on a mobile device. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally edited a note on my iPhone while walking around in a grocery store looking for recipe ingredients! And it's not like "undo" is easy to do on the phone. It's a pain to remember to choose 'present' mode immediately after opening the note. 

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Seconding this request.

I use EN to work with newspaper articles a lot. It is a horrible mess if one of them gets edited by accident. To be able to lock and mark them, just like pdfs, just without having to export, convert to pdf, reimport would be very helpful (maybe as a premium feature?).

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On April 8, 2016 at 11:03 AM, rjparker1 said:

Can we make notes read only?  I accidentally hit information inside notes in trying to copy \ paste on my mobile.  Then I end up saving it only to find out later that I moved something.

Is there a way in Evernote to mark a notebook or note as read only so I don't accidentally change data?

Please indicate your support for this request by voting at

 

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I would like to have this feature too! 

It's been many times I accidentally edited my notes.  

Suggestion:

Make current version by default, so if people like the current way, they will not get effected;

Make a "Lock Notes" flag somewhere, for people would like to have their notes locked by default, they could do so buy setting the flag. 

 

Thank you! 

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Is there a way or can there be a way to make a note not editable?  Here is my use case.  I have a note with important log in information that is shared with the team.  Some copies that info and somehow pastes over the info.  This has happened twice in this note.  The info in this note should never change.  I'd like to freeze it as is.  It could have a password or not but it really should be an available feature to lock in content.

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41 minutes ago, ChrstnMchl said:

Is there a way or can there be a way to make a note not editable?  Here is my use case.  I have a note with important log in information that is shared with the team.  Some copies that info and somehow pastes over the info.  This has happened twice in this note.  The info in this note should never change.  I'd like to freeze it as is.  It could have a password or not but it really should be an available feature to lock in content.

Evernote has not implemented this feature - it's been requested.

fwiw. I usually convert my notes to PDF format - it helps prevent accidental updates

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As I was typing I had that idea.  But then it struck me how this seems like such basic feature that it should be implemented that I continued to post it.  It just seems silly that you can't protect your notes...

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58 minutes ago, ChrstnMchl said:

 

Is there a way or can there be a way to make a note not editable?  Here is my use case.  I have a note with important log in information that is shared with the team.  Some copies that info and somehow pastes over the info.  This has happened twice in this note.  The info in this note should never change.  I'd like to freeze it as is.  It could have a password or not but it really should be an available feature to lock in content.

 

If you're using shared notebooks, then you can put things that you don't want editable into a shared notebook that has view-only rights. Or you can share individual notes as view-only. That's about the best you can do at the moment.

If you're not using shared notebooks, then you probably should be in a team situation.

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It is in shared notebook that is the most relevant place for it.  Can I modify that individual note within the notebook by individually sharing it?  Will it override the notebook sharing options?

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1 hour ago, ChrstnMchl said:

It is in shared notebook that is the most relevant place for it.  Can I modify that individual note within the notebook by individually sharing it?  Will it override the notebook sharing options?

Good question. You should be able try it out yourself (I can't at the moment). But on the surface (and without knowing how your team workflow works), it just seems as though if you have multiple notes you're going to want as viewable only, it would be easier in the long run to set up a notebook explicitly for that purpose, rather than sharing note by note.

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It would be great to be able to lock a note so it can only be copied and nothing gets deleted by accident until you turn off the lock and then can make changes. We copy a lot from notes into other apps and sometimes when in full screen mode with multiple monitors you think you're typing in one app and overwriting data in evernote. Seems like an easy implementation.

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Hello.  Currently the Android app default is to show a note in read only mode, then tap the pencil symbol to edit.  This additional step is helpful to prevent accidental edits or deletions.  I would like to request the same in Windows as a general setting under options.  Too many times an accidental brush of the keyboard or mouse has cause a disaster, which is a discouragement from keeping Evernote open all the time.

Thanks for listening.

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I added my vote.  I'm thinking this request for read-only access should apply to  all platforms.

You might check the forum for existing requests before posting.  There are other requests for this feature, and multiple requests cause the vote to be split.

Its interesting that Android has this feature

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Was not aware this was asked before I posted mine (I was going to call mine non edit mode).  The Android version has this by default, though I suspect it maybe a platform feature, since many Android apps have it.

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Odd that my topic was merged with this one without sending me any notification, no wonder I could not find it!!  I understand the need to keeping the forums organized, but really, administrators, notify me at least, I thought my topic was deleted!

Anyways, while the two ideas are closely related, they are not identical.  Setting an optional read only flag on each note is not good enough for me, I need it as a default setting for all notes under options, so that all notes are read only until I click on some predetermined part of the note, be it a flag or whatever.

Thanks for listening.

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Yes to this on ios. Has Evernote responded to this suggestion??

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So many reasons this is a good idea.

Receipts and invoices come to mind...

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Would love to see a "read mode" added to the UI so that all notes are locked from editing when switched on. I have inadvertently edited notes multiple times while simply attempting to reference a note and scroll to read on my iPad. I'm sure others have experienced this as well - seems like a simple thing to implement. Thanks!

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+1 for a lock feature as a global option: able to start or not a Note in edit mode. But then gives also a shortcut to place the note into editable State. 

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Me too.  Would hopefully help the accidental deletion/modification of notes, especially in shared notebooks.

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Me as well (note read-only option). I have created a few notes as "Master Templates". I then copy the template and change appropriate values on the copy. I'm tired of inadvertently changing the template.

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+1

I really need this functionality.  It's very easy to accidentally make changes and not realize it.

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+1 - would really like this feature after accidentally deleting important information whilst looking at it for reference. It's the reason i keep more important information in an alternative app that has a read-only feature, but i would much rather keep everything in Evernote.

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+1 

It's easy to accidentally alter a note and not even realize the note has been unintentionally altered. Having the option to toggle selected notes as read-only is a good compromise between easy/quick editing and preserving the integrity of notes that the user considers 'finalized' or notes the user deems important enough that he/she is willing to take the extra step to unlock for editing.

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Hello everyone. 

It's been some tıme I had my eye on this feature. Today I reserved some time into doing this and created a simple web app.

It works like this: you tag your notes with a tag called 'readonly' and every five minutes, the system checks your notes and makes tagged ones read-only. You can subscribe to the service via : https://ro-app.run.aws-usw02-pr.ice.predix.io/

. Plese note that this is a 2-3 hour work and I will not maintain it in terms of look etc. It simply does what it promises to do. If there's a huge interest in the project I might allocate some more time into it, though. 

Cheers,
Onat

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Hello everyone. 

It's been some tıme I had my eye on this feature. Today I reserved some time into doing this and created a simple web app.

It works like this: you tag your notes with a tag called 'readonly' and every five minutes, the system checks your notes and makes tagged ones read-only. You can subscribe to the service via : http://onat.me/readonlymaker

Plese note that this is a 2-3 hour work and I will not maintain it in terms of look etc. It simply does what it promises to do. If there's a huge interest in the project I might allocate some more time into it, though. 

Cheers,
Onat

 

EDIT after two years:

Hello everyone. It's been 2 years since I launched this small project. I didn't think it would get that much of an attention. But I guess people indeed needed it. So, I just wanted to say that the project is still active. I updated the link above to the recent page. 

Happy locking!.

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Why not pick a topic to post in as opposed to so many?

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People who have asked the questions get notified that way. 

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Is Evernote going to get us the option to make a particular doc READ ONLY?

The PDF option is not available for an iPhone.   All Evernote needs to do is to block or filter user-events/page.

Simple.

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A read only option will be a great feature. It will be very useful as many of the notes I create are needed in the future for me to

copy and paste from but the data they contain is constant and I can't have it getting overwritten, alot of my notes are made so I can reference them later but it would be great if they were better protected from myself making a mistake with them.

 

 

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+1  the option set read only for notes or for all notes in a selected Notebook or Stack.  This option would be perfect when creating templates or archiving data - it should never be updatable - converting to pdf is not a preferable option.  

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