Use Note Links to Connect Essential Content in Evernote

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Use Note Links to Connect Essential Content in Evernote

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 16 Jan 2015

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 16 Jan 2015

What will you accomplish in 2015? Throughout January, we’re sharing our favorite #EvernoteTips, shortcuts, and tricks perfect for powering productivity, whether you work for yourself or on a team.

Yesterday, we showed you how to create a table of contents in two fast steps.

Essentially, the table of contents is created with the assistance of note links – a powerful tool you can use to seamlessly connect to essential content you need to get work done. Here’s how to create a note link using Evernote for Mac or Windows:

1. To create a link to a specific note, right-click the note in your note list and choose Copy Note Link.
2. Paste the link in a specific note or even within a different application.

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Tip: Note links you created on your desktop will work on Android and iOS devices.

So, when would note links be helpful? Here’s a few ideas:

1. Create a daily agenda note for yourself, and use note links to quickly navigate to personal to-do lists and project notebooks without leaving Evernote. With this structure, you’re always two or three taps from content no matter where you use Evernote.

2. Searching is great, but a table of contents gives you an anchor point to orientate yourself within a notebook. Note links can help provide a nice order to review content before a board meeting or presentation.

3. Use note links to create the order of your notes using Presentation Mode.

4. Simplify the onboarding process. With a shared notebook, you can create note links to important project information, mission statement, knowledge base, or processes page.


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13 Comments RSS

  • Tim Stringer

    It’s also worth noting that by holding the Option key down (Evernote for Mac) you can copy a “Classic Note Link”. When this link clicked outside of Evernote, the note is displayed in the native Evernote app (e.g. Evernote for Mac or Evernote for iOS), rather than the web version of Evernote.

  • Phil D

    I paste EN Note links into the Calibre eBook Management application. Specifically the Author Link property, and into a Book Notes custom column.

    • mike

      I have to second what Carl said. I want to be able to construct a note hierarchy top down like one can in a wiki where you can type in links to as-yet non-existant empty notes, then click on them to populate them? Or almost as good, insert an existing note link into a note via typing (hopefully with autocomplete). It is indeed terribly cumbersome to dig through the note trees looking for the things you want to link to and going through click menus.

  • Todd Wilson

    Why wasn’t this also made available in the web app?

  • Chris

    The “pop up” notifying me that there are other notes to look at is so annoying. I don’t see a way to turn off that notification without turning off context. Please include that in future updates, because I’m forced to now turn off a helpful feature (context) because of the annoying pop-up.

  • Gary Ingram

    True, very useful feature. Why is it only available on desktop clients?

  • Wes

    would anyone be willing to share an example of what they are explaining?

    • Taylor Pipes

      Jason Frasca has an excellent blog post that deconstructs the use of note links in Evernote. Give this post a read:

  • Nate

    Tip: Put a feature matrix on your web site. Some of the terminology you people use is, strikingly bad in that it doesn’t really tell anyone looking at the product anything decent about it. “Notes are now 4 times larger…” How large are they without Premium? What is the upload bandwidth limitation for Premium?

    Can’t even find any page detailing the features of the Desktop or Mobile clients. It’s like you guys have gone out of your way to make as little information as possible available in an attempt to keep the simplest prettiest website you can manage.

    Gonna keep using OneNote for now and return in a few months and see if I can actually get any decent information on the website before I bother.

  • Carl


    I’d love to use this functionality, but it’s cumbersome as designed. It’d be really great if this feature could be made easier to use.

    How about doing autocomplete for note names when typing double-brackets, like a wiki, or autocompleting the new link by right-clicking text and choosing “Insert Note…”

    I don’t believe you’d have to radically change the back end link functionality to get this to work. It’s a front-end change that would dramatically increase the usability of the app.

    It would remove the near necessity of strict hierarchical navigation and allow for note organization and navigation in a much more intuitive way.

  • stuball

    Would have preferred that the default copies the “Classic Note Link” or at least a separate dropdown menu selection (instead of using the opinion key), or even better as part of the share button within the note.

  • Joshua Belisle

    What about a create note from note feature where if a note is created from a note then the new note will automatically have a link at the top of its page that links back to the note that it was formed from, then one just has to alt>n>l (Windows keystroke to copy note link) click the from note and paste it there. So as to more easily connect all relevant notes together. I am a copy note link + shortcut table of contents fiend and would love any optimization of this miraculous feature. Love you Evernote!

  • Gabriel

    It’s a pity that the web version links does not integrate with other platforms. For example, when I do lists and link text adding the link obtained by the ‘Copy notelink’ function, in the web app. It would be great to have that integration, if all the links were a standard single URL.