Organize Your Evernote Notes with Tagging

By David E. Y. Sarna

Evernote offers several fantastic methods for organizing your notes. Tagging is one of those many methods, and a very important one. The ways to tag a note are as numerous as Evernote-compatible devices and apps.

Tagging is meant to be helpful; that’s why you can apply multiple tags to every note. If, however, you tag every note with a unique label, go overboard on tagging, or add the same tags to every note, you’ll find that the feature doesn’t work very well.

Before you begin tagging notes, consider how you want to set up your tags based on the types of notes you know you’ll use most often (such as by research project, book you’re reading, list or chore type, note type, and so on).

Here are a few useful tips for tagging:

  • Don’t overtag. Evernote has a great and speedy full-text search engine. You usually don’t need to tag words that are in a note’s title.

  • Tag related notes with the same tag. Tagging is most useful for making sure that notes containing different words for the same thing are retrieved together, even if only one of the terms appears in any single note.

  • Keep the tags short. Brevity is the soul of wit, and short tags reduce typing and make it easier for you to tag as you go along.

  • Words in the document or title will be found by a search; you don’t need to tag them specifically.

  • Notes can have more than one tag. Up to 100 tags per note are supported; 2 or 3 are usually adequate.

When you start typing the tag, Evernote automatically provides tags that begin with the same letters you type. The feature is kind of like autocorrect, except that it doesn’t try to replace what you’ve done; it just helps you along by reducing how much new material you have to type.

Also, if you’re a poor typist or have an inexact memory, Evernote’s helpful suggestions let you click to select tags you’ve already saved, which prevents you from having multiple similar tags for the same thing.