How to Organize Your Evernote Notes

By David E. Y. Sarna

If you’ve been clipping, taking pictures, scanning, and recording without paying attention to organization, your notes may look as bad as a pre-Evernote office desk. Whether you keep your notes online in Evernote or on sticky notes around your desk, you won’t be able to find what you need without organization.

Lose something? The Notebook shortcut in the left sidebar shows all the notes you have saved. If you have multiple notebooks and aren’t sure where you saved something, start by checking each notebook (that is, if you haven’t already generated a ton of notes!).

To keep your notes organized, you can move them, copy them, or (if you’re a Premium member) even refer to older versions of them.

Fortunately, even if you didn’t start off organizing your clips, pictures, and more, you can do so now. You can move notes from folder to folder in the same way that you move files around in Windows Explorer and the Mac Finder.

In Evernote, you can move a note in two ways:

  • Drag and drop your note into the appropriate folder.

  • Highlight the note, and choose Note→Move→Notebook Name (see the figure).

    Drop down menu to move a note in Evernote.

Either way, the note moves from the original notebook into the new notebook.

To copy the note to another folder instead of moving it, choose Note→Copy→Notebook Name. This way, you have copies of the note in two folders.