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Quick Tip: How to Use Note Links

Quick Tip: How to Use Note Links

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 02 Aug 2013

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 02 Aug 2013

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Note Links let you connect multiple notes to each other to help you better organize inside your Evernote account. Planning a trip? Use Note Links to link confirmations, articles, and your packing list to your trip itinerary note. Working on a big research project? Link associated notes to a project plan note. Sharing a notebook with colleagues? Create a table of contents for quick reference.

You can create Note Links on any desktop version of Evernote and access Note Links from Evernote, everywhere (including mobile versions).

Create a Note Link

  1. Grab the Note Link to a note by right-clicking on the note and selecting to Copy Note Link.
  2. Paste the link (it will show up as the hyperlinked title of your note) into a New Note or existing note.

Watch the quick video to see how it works:

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  • Infolosopher

    My version must not be updated…I don’t have a copy link option when I right click on the note????

  • Claudio Lassala

    I’ve been using Note links every since it’s been added to Evernote. It has lost quite a bit of its usefulness for me when support for navigation through notes “wiki style” has been removed a couple of versions ago. It sucks having a note open, clicking on a linked note, and then clicking on another link from there, and not have a way to navigate backwards… :( Please bring that feature back!!!

  • Dean Redding

    When will we be able to create note links ini iOS? Note link is a great feature!

  • Miroslav Hruška

    Love this feature. Hate that it is not available on mobile versions.

  • A K

    Great news, lots of people been waiting quite some time for this feature!

  • phertiker

    Do note links work across accounts yet?

  • Hindie Becker Dershowitz

    I just tried to create an outline following this video but when I right click a note, I don’t see the option to copy link?

  • Roger Groce

    I don’t understand this video. I don’t see “Copy Note Link” when I right click on a note.

    • Jaap Engelsman

      Perhaps you use the web version. Apparently, this feature only works in the desktop version.

  • Hindie Becker Dershowitz

    Does this only work on the paid version of Evernote? I just tried this on my Evernote and don’t see this option

  • bluedogdesigns

    I can’t do it either – i’m on a mac – is there another trick to do this? thanks!!

  • Evernerd

    Is there a reason a graphic can serve as a note link in the desktop version, but NOT in the mobile version?

  • plainclothes

    Note links are essential to my workflow. I create a projects and ideas note for each client and from there I can link out to specific notes.

    When my desktop copy stopped working recently (hoping the latest beta has it fixed) I had to switch to the web client for a while. I was perplexed by the absence of this feature. Fortunately, it can be hacked together if you know the format and grab the internal note ID! That made the web client useable in a pinch.

    evernote:///view/[userIDnumber/[someWeirdString]/[noteID]/[noteIDRepeated]/

    Make a link in your desktop app first to get the specific strings, then you can copy out the global numbers.

  • museislander

    I don’t see a “Copy Note Link” option with the right-click either (using Windows desktop version, latest update). I have to go up to the menu to access it, which turns into a lot of mousing around if you do a lot of them. Wish there were a keyboard shortcut. Also can’t seem to paste a Note Link anywhere on a Note after it has been annotated in Skitch.

  • Anthony Nelson

    For those on Linux, I created a basic script that will convert a note URL from the web version to an EN Note Link and place it in the clipboard (if you have xclip). If the ‘4004’ is indeed a user ID (not sure if it is), you will need to have access to a Windows/Mac that can create a note link for you first so you can get this information.

    #!/bin/bash
    echo “Evernote Note Link Creator”
    echo “Paste URL here”
    read en_url
    en_note=$(echo ${en_url} | cut -d’=’ -f4)
    echo “evernote:///view/4004/s1/$en_note/$en_note/” | xclip -selection clipboard
    unset en_url
    unset en_note

  • Anthony Nelson

    For those on Linux, I created a basic script that will convert a note URL from the web version to an EN Note Link and place it in the clipboard (if you have xclip). If the ‘4004’ is indeed a user ID (not sure if it is), you will need to have access to a Windows/Mac that can create a note link for you first so you can get this information.

    #!/bin/bash
    echo “Evernote Note Link Creator”
    echo “Paste URL here”
    read en_url
    en_note=$(echo ${en_url} | cut -d’=’ -f4)
    echo “evernote:///view/4004/s1/$en_note/$en_note/” | xclip -selection clipboard
    unset en_url
    unset en_note

  • Jeanne-Marie Baron

    This is super-frustrating. Macs do not have a “right click” option, yet this is the only instruction I can find for how to do this. HEELLLPPP

  • Jeanne-Marie Baron

    This is super-frustrating. Macs do not have a “right click” option, yet this is the only instruction I can find for how to do this. HEELLLPPP

    • Mike T.

      Try control-click on the note, then select “Copy Note Link”.
      Go to the destination note, “paste” or cmd-v.

  • Clymmer

    Any ideas as to if/when this going to be fixed or are note links copied from the client and pasted into an external system always going to be converted to the external shard note link going to be the new normal?

    I really hope they go back to the evernote:\\ linking directly to the EN client notes. The redirection to the web client is really messing up a workflow that was fantastic prior to the change.

  • Marc

    terrible explanation. you should use a few screenshots with annotations for this kind of thing – this is obvious. it does not require a video.

  • Wes

    For some reason, copying note links seems to sometimes give me a local file link within my desktop Evernote application, and sometimes give me a URL to my Evernote Web. This seems to be totally random from note to note, although I get consistent results for specific notes (i.e., each note seems to have either a web link or a local link every time I try to copy its link). The web links are super annoying because I don’t want to be taken to my browser when I click on a note link – I want to go to a different note within my desktop Evernote! Am I doing something wrong???

    • Terry

      Wes, I have the same problem – some copied links open the desktop PC app, others open and display the note through my default browser. That is annoying to say the least.

      My quick and possibly erroneous explanation is that copied links to sync’d notes open in the browser, and copied links to local (non-sync’d) notes open in the Evernote Windows app.

      I would prefer that Evernote provide an option to select either local or web link when copying the link to a sync’d note…

      • Kenneth

        Hi, I found a solution to this here http://todoist.com/Support/show/30935/

        Just hold the ‘alt’ button down when you click the ‘copy note link’ – then it links directly to the note in the desktop app.

        • KT

          Thank you so much Kenneth! This helped me a lot. I was really frustrated that they didn’t have the internal link feature anymore until you pointed this out!

  • Dane

    This feature is no longer working, every time i copy the note link is just a link for browser but not for linking with other notes. (I am using Evernote Ver 5.5.1 for Mac)

    • Andrey

      Dane, just copy link to a note and paste it _inside_ Evernote on Mac. It should be green (internal link). Then put cursor inside that link and press ⌘K to get your internal Evernote link.

  • Hobbes

    Are Note links public?

  • Barry

    I like to use a note for one topic that I’m investigating and organise it within the note under headings. What I would like to see is within-note linking through hyperlinks at the top of the note for those headings. That way when you go back later to the note for information etc, you can quickly identify what section of the (possibly very long) note you want and access it quickly without having to search all the through it (as I do now). Using the one note works for me. The advantage as I see it is that I am just in the one work space and able to keep focus on the topic and capture the flow of ideas without at the same time thinking about organising them as I go. After that I go through the note, put in the structure/headings/highlights that suggest themselves. I know that I could split the note at this stage (and use the current link scheme) but obviously the within-note link would be so much more time efficient. This way of work probably is suitable for smaller projects ending up say with 2 to 10 pages of ‘note’. Any chance of this happening?