Dramatically changing something that’s used by millions of people daily can be a daunting task. You have to be sure that the new product is smarter, more powerful and friendlier than anything that came before. That’s why we’re so excited about the all new Evernote 5 for Windows; it’s totally different and better than ever.
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The auto-update for existing Windows users will begin within a week. If you don’t want to wait, download now and install.
The New Look
In the years since we first launched Evernote for Windows, a lot has changed in the world of application design. With Evernote 5, we’re embracing modern aesthetics to bring you a beautiful, flat interface that feels at home on multiple versions of Windows. By stripping unnecessary elements, we’ve made it easier to browse and create notes. Anything that might have distracted you from achieving your goals is gone.
The simpler look isn’t the only thing that makes using Evernote better. We’ve also added new features to help you quickly get to where you need to be.
At the top of the left panel is the Shortcuts area. Think of Shortcuts as your quick access point for things that you do frequently. Drag just about anything into Shortcuts, including notes, notebooks (personal or Business), tags, and Saved Searches. Shortcuts are great for jumping to notes from recurring meetings, big work or personal projects, travel planning, and more. No need to search or browse.
Below the Shortcuts area, you have easy access to your Notes, Notebooks and Tags. Click on what you want and the right panel switches into that mode. We find that this simplified view provides greater focus on the task at hand. Of course, if you prefer to see your entire notebook or tag list in the left panel, click the triangle to expand that section.
Evernote Business users are able to filter notebooks and tags by either Business or personal, as well as easily convert personal notebooks to Business notebooks.
Evernote is as much about collecting your ideas as it about inspiring actions. Reminders are three features wrapped into one. By clicking on the alarm clock, you’ll pin the selected note into the Reminder list at the top of the Note List, create a to-do item for that note and add alarms to make sure your notes are done on time.
Reminders are great for keeping your personal and group projects on track. When you share a notebook with friends and colleagues, they can choose to subscribe to the Reminders in that notebook. When they do, they’ll get alerts about upcoming deadlines.
One of the big changes you’ll find in Evernote 5 is the way that notes are displayed in the Note List. When you click on the Notes section in the left panel, we show all the notes you have access to in a single list. This includes notes that you’ve created, together with notes from shared and Evernote Business notebooks. The benefit of this approach is that you now see everything that matters without needing to go through multiple steps.
The new Card View mode displays notes as beautiful square cards, which is a great way to visually scan through your notes, especially ones with images. You can switch among the different view modes from the view selector drop down at the top left corner of the notes panel.
Framing Your Notes
The redesigned Note Editor panel perfectly frames your note to let the content shine. For short notes, the frame stays tight with the bottom giving you a better sense of where the note ends. Double click on a note in the Note List to pop it out for distraction-free reading and composition.
Premium Feature: Related Notes
Our Augmented Intelligence team is devoted to making your notes smarter and your Evernote experience more magical. The Related Notes Premium feature is one of their projects. As you type or view a note, Evernote begins searching your account for items that are similar or related to what’s in the current note. As soon as Evernote finds something, it displays the note at the bottom of the note window. With Related Notes, you won’t waste time repeating work that you may have done years ago or that someone else on your team is doing.
One of the great new aspects of Evernote 5 is the dramatic improved search.
- TypeAhead Search: As you begin to type into the search box, Evernote will make predictions based on notes in your account
- Search Shared Notebooks: You can now search inside notebooks that you’ve joined
- Saved Search Shortcuts: You can add a Saved Search to the Shortcuts panel
Your Notes on a Map
If you’ve ever wondered where you were when you had that great idea or delicious meal, the new Atlas view will show you. When you use Evernote on your phone, tablet, and some desktops, the app adds your location to the note data. In the beautiful Atlas view, you’ll see these notes plotted on a map of the world. Jogging your memory has never been easier. Find it in the left panel.
And Much Much More
These are just a handful of the dozens and dozens of new features and capabilities packed into Evernote 5 for Windows. We couldn’t be more excited to hear what you think.
We’re Here to Help
Transitioning to something new can be a challenge, so we’re here to help. We have a number of training webinars coming up in the next few weeks to make sure that you make the move without any issues.
- September 17, 12-1pm PT: What’s New Tour + Live Q&A »
- September 19, 12-1pm PT: For Evernote Premium and Evernote Business Users: What’s New Tour, Discussion with Developers, and Q&A »
- September 24, 12-1pm PT: What’s New Tour + Live Q&A »
We hope you’ll join us for one of these sessions. Also, be sure to check our What’s New page.
Get Evernote 5 for Windows Desktop »
The auto-update for existing Windows users will begin within a week.