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Quick Tip Friday: Simultaneous Search, A Better Way to Find Things

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 04 May 2012

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 04 May 2012

When you’re looking for information in digital form, it’s likely you turn to two places: your favorite search engine and your Evernote account. One is for finding things you don’t already have and the other is for finding things you’ve captured, but may not remember. Simultaneous Search is a powerful feature that you can find in the Evernote Web Clippers for Chrome and Firefox that lets you search your Evernote account at the same time as your search engine.

Think of it this way: let’s say I’m looking for a cake recipe. As I’m doing my research using Google, Bing, or Yahoo, I can actually see the notes in my account which contain search terms like ‘cake,’ ‘chocolate,’ ‘layer cake,’ etc. Clicking on the notes found in my Evernote account in my search engine view takes me to my Evernote account on the Web, where I can see if I already have notes relevant to my search.

To enable this feature:

  • Download the Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome or Firefox. Enable Simultaneous Search.
  • To use Simultaneous Search feature in Chrome, right click the Web Clipper icon, then select Options from the dropdown. From there, check the box next to “Use Simultaneous Search.” In Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons from the Tools dropdown. Select Extensions, then, click the Preferences button and check the box next to “Use Simultaneous Search.”
  • Anytime you are signed into Evernote on the Web, you’ll be able to use the Simultaneous Search feature to search your account simultaneously with the Web.

Have you tried this feature? If so, how are you using it?


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27 Comments RSS

  • Antonio

    is it available for Safari?

  • Jackie

    I use it, and have for some time. Love the feature, but it does tend to sign me out randomly no matter what I do which is a bit difficult when I am trying to search for items that I may already have clipped.

    • Adam Porter

      I use it all the time, too. Great tool!

      I clip pages, articles, and images of things I’m researching. Recipes, Tech, Life Hacks, etc.

      I agree about the random sign-outs, as well. It’s been happening more frequently lately, but I don’t let that stop me. It’s too useful not to keep around.

      • jbignert

        Hi all,
        We’ve found the issues for the erratic sign outs and will have a fix in the next release. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Joshua

    I wish this worked with DuckDuckGo. (My primary search engine.)

  • S. Quiroz

    Can’t wait to try this. I have so many recipes and craft notes that I’m always wondering if I have already clipped pages.

  • @dr3do

    I appreciate this and would really use it, but: I’d like that the search result would be opened in the (installed) native app, not (like it is now) via web.

    • Irina I

      I second @dr3do’s comment. I’d love if clicking on search were to open the native app, not the web app.

    • zombiefly

      +1 on that. very annoying on a desktop

    • @JoeMannion


    • Alexander

      Total agree! Please add the the option to open the result at the desktop application and NOT at the web browser. Web browser is so slow – I use evernote web browser only if no other possibility is available.

  • Meghan

    I love this idea but can’t figure out how to implement it. I have the little elephant icon in my Firefox browser that allows me to clip URL, article, or full page… but nowhere does it give me an ‘options’ tab where I could enable this search feature. Anyone else having this trouble? All my software is updated, so it’s not that…

    • jbignert

      Hi Meghan, try this to get to the options page:

      1) In Firefox application menu go to Tools > Add-ons
      2) Locate Evernote Web Clipper in the list.
      3) Click the Preferences button
      4) Check the checkbox ‘Use Simultaneous Search’

      Same steps but the button is labeled ‘Options’ on step #3.

  • chuck

    if only it wasn’t broken! 9 times out of 10 i get ‘sign in …’

  • Nicholas

    I have the same issue with Jackie (Win 7, Chrome) but other than that it is a great feature.

  • Ron

    It does work, but has one serious drawback. All of my documents are scanned in as PDF’s. The web version of Evernote does not provide a preview of the PDF’s like the desktop version does, so if multiple documents are matched, I have to download and open each one of them in order to find the exact document I need. I don’t need to do that with the desktop version of Evernote.

    Now if you could open the search results in the desktop, that would be useful!

  • Lorrequer

    How does one enable this in Firefox? I have not been able to find the Options from the Web Clipper icon, nor is the option available in the Evernote Preferences.

  • Hugh O'Donnell

    Directions for Firefox are misleading.

    Go to Tools>Add-ons, double-click on the Evernote banner. This brings up the Evernote page. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Options. Then you will find the page with the Simultaneous Search box to check.

  • zombiefly

    oh and i’d like to say that evernote has got better and better over the last year, I love it, it’s a brilliant product. Before this I used MS Onenote, the desktop version was good but it failed to move fast enough with mobile devices etc (as usual re: windows mobile, tablet based OS etc)

    promise us one thing, you won’t sell out to MS or their like and have them dumb the app down and steal all it’s features for bad implementation in some sub standard by-product… 🙂

    If you don’t use evernote yet, you really should. It’s life enhancement software, even if you only use it intermittently, you will see the benefit. Brilliant

  • RicD

    Oops, a sequence is missing in the instructions for FireFox 12.0:

    In Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons from the Tools dropdown. Then, click the Preferences button and check the box next to “Use Simultaneous Search.”

    It should reads: In Firefox, go to Tools > Add-ons, click Extensions, to the right of Evernote click Preferences, check the box next to “Use Simultaneous Search.”


    • Kasey Fleisher Hickey

      Thanks, I’ll clarify that in the post!

  • gawn

    how about data security? can the search engine get the data of my evernote account by using the Simultaneous Search?

  • Michael Rose

    +1 for Safari. I love seeing this when I’m using Chrome which isn’t often enough – I’d love to have it feel just that little bit more native with Safari.

  • Ian Pickford

    Add my vote for putting search results on to the desktop.

  • wangjack


  • Boris Yurkevich

    Shame on you for not supporting best browser — Apple Safari.

  • Julie

    10.10.15 Has this feature gone away. I am in web clipper ‘options’ in chrome. I don’t see any check box/button that resembles ‘Simultaneous Search’.