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Quick Tip: How to Search for Text Inside an Image

Quick Tip: How to Search for Text Inside an Image

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 11 Oct 2013

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 11 Oct 2013

Did you know that when you snap a photo or attach an image to a note, Evernote can find and identify text — including handwritten text — inside that image? Here’s the technical explanation of how OCR (or optical character recognition) works.


For those of us less techie folk, finding text inside of images in your Evernote account might as well be magic. Here are few ways to use it.

Make it Work for You

  1. Snap photos of restaurant menus (including takeout menus) and collect them in your Evernote account for future reference.
  2. Snap photos of wine and beer labels to keep track of your favorites and any tasting notes.
  3. Attach PDFs for a research project; type in a few keywords associated with the PDF to quickly jump to the page you’re looking for inside the PDF.
  4. Snap photos of gift cards and gift certificates so you always know where you might have some extra money to spend.
  5. Snap photos of handwritten birthday cards and revisit them whenever your heart desires.
  6. Snap photos of warranties, product care instructions, and any other handy piece of information you come across in paper form (as pictured in photo above).

These are just a few of the ways searching for text inside an image (enabled by our OCR technology) can come in handy.

Bonus: Intro to Advanced Search Syntax

Here’s a quick video for advanced users that goes into how to use Evernote’s advanced search syntax.


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15 Comments RSS

  • Kristi Bothur

    Is this available on the free version of Evernote or only the pro version?

    • Jacqui

      I believe that searching through photos is available on free, but searching through PDFs is only available in Premium.

    • herlien hughes

      How to change the password on evernote??? I entered too many n evernote locked……how to unlock them????

  • Joanne B

    Can someone help me – I don’t know where to find “Account settings” in Evernote

    • Tyrusg

      Joanne B.
      Tap the elephant head at the top, left hand corner.

  • Tom

    What do I do if I just want Evernote to find and extract all text from the image? I don’t want to search for a specific word.

  • Teresa Bayota

    I don’t know my account number

  • Susan

    I am trying to organize recipes and want the picture of the dish to appear in the description. Sometimes it works and others I get the printed recipe first not the picture. My questions is , How do you I change or set the picture used in the folder description.

  • MsIna

    I am trying to delete items from a list, have searched evernote and as yet have not found the answer. Can someone help me please?

  • Dionysus

    Can you grab / copy-paste the text that has been identified by Evernote? Thanks,

  • D.Miller

    Is there a way to get evernote to sink with SFDC app?

  • John Neuenschwander

    Unable to reach you until now. I want to take hand written notes via stylus pen on both Ipad & Iphone, be able to save notes w/ filename & have notes converted to text or word doc for viewing and adding to later. Can you help me or know who does?

  • GP

    at the right corner means when you click on your user id it shows you account settings..just check it out

    • GP

      hello joenna B account settings are displayed when you just click your user id at the top right corner

  • carol

    what to do when evernote gets location wrong on photo? I am at my home and I gives wrong address