Evernote for Windows just got a fantastic update. This release (v 3.5.4) introduces a bunch of new functionality aimed at making Evernote more pleasant and easier to use. That’s all on top of tons of performance and stability improvement. Let’s get into what’s new.
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Hiding unassigned tags
Some people like seeing all of their tags in the tag list. Others would prefer to only see those that are assigned to notes. Now you get to choose. Right click on the tag panel, or click on the View menu, and select Hide Unassigned Tags. Doing this makes the tag panel dynamic, only showing you tags that are assigned to notes related to your filters and searches. For example, if you choose a notebook or perform a search, only tags that are assigned to the resulting notes will display.
Tip: Finding tags fast with the Hide Unassigned Tags feature
A power-user request that we get fairly frequently is tag search. The Hide Unassigned Tags feature together with Evernote’s search gets you pretty close. With the Hide feature enabled, type a tag name into the search bar. Instantly, all tags that (a) do not contain that word and (b) aren’t assigned to notes that contain the word will disappear. This is particularly effective for uniquely named tags.
Easier to use interface
We’ve made a number of, immediately obvious, improvements to the note panel.
- The note title is now much easier to edit
- The notebook selector is now next to the note title, letting you easily move the note
- New magnifying glass icon shows you when images and PDFs have been indexed
Premium feature: Note history
Recently, we unveiled the Note History Premium feature, which allows you to access previous versions of your notes (read about it here). The new Windows updates lets you easily view your note history without leaving the application. Click on the chevrons to the right of the note title to expose the note info panel. Next, click on the note history link. Please note, you need a network connection in order to view your note history.
Where in the world…
Whenever possible, Evernote attaches location information to your notes. If you create a lot of notes on your phone, then chances are that they have a location assigned. Previously, this location information was represented as longitude and latitude coordinates. In this new release, we do some geo-magic on those coordinates, and figure out the actual city or region that you were in. This makes it a lot easier to jog your memory without forcing you to jump to a map. Of course, the map option is always available, if you need it.
This is a fairly nuanced feature, but one that’s worth knowing. Not all computers and devices have the same fonts available. To keep your notes looking right, Evernote for Windows lets you select “default” as a font option (it’s the first one in the font drop down). This means that the typeface of the note will be whatever the default font is in the version of Evernote that you are using. If the default font is set to Arial on computer A and Trebuchet on computer B, then the text of the note will appear in Arial on A and Trebuchet on B. You can set you default font under Tools > Options > Display.
Tables received a welcome upgrade in this release. You have been able to create them for some time, now you can easily add or remove columns and rows.
More to come
We have a lot more Windows update excitement in store this summer. Get ready.