We love streamlining the Evernote experience. Fewer clicks here, faster access there, all in an effort to make capturing the things you like easier. Today, we introduced a big update to our Google Chrome Extension (current users will auto-update). At this point the extension is almost a full-fledged version of Evernote. Here’s why.
The Chrome Extension now lets you browse through your notes right inside the popup. We’ve added a small green tab along the bottom of the extension window. Click the tab to expose your notes. You can browse through everything just by scrolling. When it comes to searching and filtering, we’ve taken a cue from Chrome’s Magic Bar (their name for the do-it-all address bar). You can search through your notes and also filter by notebooks, tags, and saved searches all in the search bar. As you type, the bar will display matching filters with an identifying icon. Select what you want and those notes will show up.
When you find the note you’re looking for, click to open the note in it’s own window.
As always, clicking on the Extension without selecting anything pops up a Quicknote option, allowing you to create a simple text note right inside the Extension window. That Quicknote box now has a memory, which means that you can start typing into the box, leave the extenstion, and when you open it again, your thoughts will still be there. This turns the Quicknote box into an easy scratchpad for you to take down ideas as they come throughout your web browsing. When you’re ready, just click Save and the note will be sent into your account.
Please note, until you hit Save, the content in the Quicknote box will not be sent to your Evernote account.
Right-click on the Extension icon and select “Options” to go to a Extension Options screen. This is where you control how your Chrome Extension works, including sort order of notes, whether the notes tab should stay open when you close the extension, destination notebook for clips, and more.
We’re really excited about these new capabilities. There is a lot of effort going into making the clipping experience across all of our browser extensions as great as possible. Lots more good stuff is on the way. Stay tuned.