How to Create a Table of Contents in Evernote

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How to Create a Table of Contents in Evernote

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 15 Jan 2015

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 15 Jan 2015

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[Update: An earlier version of this post listed an incorrect command for choosing multiple notes for a table of contents. That has been corrected in the post.]

Sometimes, you want to have quick access to a bunch of related notes. By creating a table of contents with Evernote, you can seamlessly tie notes together for quick access later.

Here’s how you can create a table of contents using Evernote for Mac and Windows.

1. Choose the notes you want included in your list by Command + click with Mac and Control + click with Windows.

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2. Select the option, Create Table of Contents Note. This option will then generate individual links for each of your selected notes and place them in a new note. That note will look like this:

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You can also use this shortcut to group notes together for a presentation, or move content from one notebook to another. If you have tags you would like to assign during your move, add them here, too.

Creating a table of contents is perfect for gathering a series of notes that you need for a meeting, collecting research for a trip, or by organizing content for writing a book or research paper.

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  • Dave

    On Windows you use Ctrl since there is no Command key.

  • RLJ

    Once you’ve created a table of contents note, can you add more notes to it?

    • Marie

      I want to continue adding items to the TOC I just created. How do I do this?

      • Erik Anderson

        Right-click on the note in the notes list and select ‘Copy Note Link’. Then paste into the TOC.

  • Martin Packer

    So how do you re-sequence the list?

    For a start you can’t sort list items in the clients, so far as I know.

    • Michael O'Steen

      If there has not any solution for this already here is one I just used.

      One way to edit the TOC created in Evernote is to just click and hold on to the link that is created in the TOC and drag it to a new line. Probably best to create a new line for it to go first.

      And as far as adding to the TOC, I opened the TOC in a separate window by double clicking the thumbnail. Then click and hold the note you would like to add and drag to a new line in the TOC.

      Hope this helps.

  • John Cooper

    I don’t understand “Choose the notes you want included in your list with Command + K.” Cmd+K is not available unless I have text selected in a note; then it prompts me to enter a Web address to link to. If I click a note and then click another note while pressing Cmd or Shift, I get an options screen that resembles the one above, but Cmd+K seems to have nothing to do with it.

    • Taylor Pipes

      We made an error in the initial copy. Use Command + click (for Mac) and Control + click (for Windows) to grab multiple notes.

  • Rick

    This is so awesome! Thanks a ton.

  • j

    I get “copy note links to clipboard” dont get create table of Contents ..in wins 7

    • j

      one more question: I created notebooks for my notes on web app,but Evernote app on iPad does not sync with Evernote web app on wins 7 desktop (chrome)

  • Camilo

    It would be nice to have this feature in the Web version.

    • kepilif

      necessarily in the web version and android

    • Tracey Smith

      I totally agree. Just tried it on my chromebook in the web version of Evernote and does not work. Hate macs and windows machines but that’s the only way this feature is available. Sad face 🙁

      • Dusty

        Totally over it not working on the web version. Can’t use it when logged into another computer and now I too am on Chromebook and have to boot up Windows 7 in order to do this or merge notes. FIX PLEASE!

  • Heather

    Can I ask why is this is better than just searching using a keyword as this also finds all the related notes you need?

    • Randall LeBlanc

      I want a quick reference to everything I worked on each day. This should do the trick for me.

  • Jim

    Is this a Premium feature? I don’t see the “Create Table of Contents note” option when I select multiple notes. Also, the selection does not work in the beta UI.

    • Taylor Pipes

      Any user can create a table of contents note as long as they are using Evernote for Mac and Windows Desktop. Once you click multiple notes, you should see the option to “Select Create Table of Contents Note.”

      • Ronn

        Doesn’t work

        No TOC button appears on mac web

  • Elise

    I am a premium user and do not see the create TOC option…..I only see copy to clipboard option.

  • Sandy Lévêque

    Hi there, When I try to create a TOC there is no option after I’ve selected all notes. The only options I have are to merge, email or add to a different notebooks. Is there something I need to do differently? Thank you!

  • WideSmiler

    Love Evernote’s extra features! While the TOC feature is already very cool, it would be even more awesome if we could set TOC’s to auto-generate and update. For example, I could create a note that is a TOC for all notes with a given tag, or in a given notebook. Then, as I added more notes in Evernote with the given tag or notebook over time, the TOC note would automatically add them!

    That would be amazing for clients… we could give them the web link to a TOC note, then they have a single place to go to see all of their note/log history.

  • Steve

    This doesn’t work for me, I’m using the latest version of EN on Windows Desktop

    • Steve

      If at first you don’t succeed press more buttons! If I select a notebook and then highlight a note, press Ctrl A to select all notes I get a dialog box giving me the option to create TOC

  • Gwen

    I couldn’t get this to work at first because I was in Expanded Card view. Once I switched to another view (I think all of the others worked), the TOC option appeared.

  • Steve

    Is there a way to align the Table of Contents sequence to the sequence of the notes when you print them (not printing each on a separate page)? It seems that the Table of Contents sequence is reverse alphabetical order no matter what….

  • Joel Fannin

    What we need now is a way to maneuver through long notes in Evernote. In MS Word, you can insert a TOC at the top of the page of a Word document and use that to get to different sections of the document. Likewise, I’d like to see this ability brought into Evernote – a way to insert a TOC for one note so people can get around long notes.

    • Vincent

      +1 — this is a much needed feature. Allowing internal links within a note will really help navigating between the sections of large notes.

  • Canute

    How do you do this on the web app, since you refuse to release a linux client?

  • Kristen

    Before my latest desktop update, this feature used to be simpler: Hold down shift while selecting notes.
    Now, I can’t make a TOC note without skips, missteps, starting over, and giving up.

  • Maria F

    I have evernote premium and using the desktop version for Mac (version 6.10) but I don’t have this option (TOC) in the menu. I would love to use this feature for organizing my notes

    • Pamela Rosen

      Hi, Maria,
      TOC is not a feature on the menu, but something you create in Evernote. Here’s a tutorial. https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/209005667 Thanks for writing in! -Pam R

      • Richard E

        I have the same problem and the link provided doesn’t solve it. Very frustrating.