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3 Ways Evernote Helps You Harness Ideas in Slack

3 Ways Evernote Helps You Harness Ideas in Slack

Posted by Anthony Bartlett on 23 Oct 2017

Posted by Anthony Bartlett on 23 Oct 2017

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Whether you’ve been using Evernote for nine minutes or nine years, you’ve no doubt seen how it can help you (or your entire team) become more productive at work.

But the road to greater team productivity is far from smooth. Paradoxically, the very apps promising to liberate us can actually make it harder to get anything done, by creating more places for our ideas to hide.

Here at Evernote, we believe the secret to getting more done isn’t more apps, but making sure that the apps we do have play well together. Jotting down a thought or finding an idea worth sharing often happens when we’re doing other things, such as chatting with co-workers. That’s why we’re so pleased to announce a new integration with the highly popular messaging app, Slack. Evernote is where you keep all your ideas, and Slack connects your ideas to other people. By removing the friction between these two tools, you can now spend less time searching and more time doing.

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To get started, here are the top three ways that Evernote and Slack can bring your ideas together and help you achieve more.

1. Create a ‘note to self’

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Evernote has always been about capturing ideas at the speed of thought. How many times have you had a brilliant idea, only to find that a pen and paper—or their digital equivalents—are nowhere in sight? When you’re in the middle of a conversation, the last thing you want to do is stop to look for somewhere to write it down… and then forget where you put it.

This can occur even in productive environments, such as Slack conversations with co-workers. Your thoughts might be related to the subject at hand (“I need to review next month’s sales numbers”), or they could be completely unrelated (“I need to buy bread on the way home tonight”); either way, if you don’t capture that idea immediately, “I’ll jot it down later” can all too easily turn into “What was I supposed to remember?”

Stay in the conversation and in the flow by using the /note command. Think of it as your digital scratchpad, a place where you can jot down your ideas and thoughts, create a to-do list or a reminder—all without leaving the conversation in Slack. Got another idea or three? You can add to your note over the course of the day, and review it in Evernote when you’re ready. Don’t worry, the note will be private to you—invisible to your conversation partners in Slack—and it’ll be safely waiting for you in Evernote when you need it later.

2. Clip attachments…or entire conversations (and search inside them later)

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Evernote allows you to harness your team members’ collective brainpower, so you can capture ideas from anywhere and keep related information together. With this new integration, the next time your team is having a particularly fruitful conversation in Slack, use the /clip command to save those messages—based on date, importance, or URL—as a note in Evernote. Later you can search your notes to recall the details of that market-busting idea (because you shouldn’t have to come up with all the brilliant plans alone, right?).

You can also save images, PDFs, and documents from Slack conversations to Evernote so they’re easy to find when you need them. When an image or document is posted in a Slack channel, use /clip to save that message to a new note in Evernote, where it will be stored for future reference. Save whiteboard brainstorming sessions or shared files, and find what you need later using Evernote’s text recognition ability.

3. Share your knowledge with the team

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TEAM: “Can you pull up last year’s sales results for us?”
YOU: “Hold on, I know I have them saved somewhere.”

And then the search begins. Sound familiar?

You’ve got better things to do than switch apps and then manually dig through endless nested folders to find the information you need; leave the digital forensics to the experts. Evernote organizes all your data in one place where you can find it easily, and with the /find command you can now search for the specific note you need and share a snapshot with the team without leaving Slack. All you have to do is enter any search term and Evernote will present you with the top three results. Don’t worry about accidentally sharing this information with the people in the Slack channel—until you decide to share the results, you are the only person who can see them. To share them in Slack, click “Post here” and everyone in the channel will be able to see the note. No archaeology degree required.

Bonus tip: one more way to share with the team

OK, we promised you three tips, but because we’re so excited about this integration, here’s one more: If you already know which note you want to share with your team, simply copy and paste its URL into Slack to share a preview of the note. Evernote will show the entire note (as long as it’s under 4,000 characters) and the largest image in the note.

Productive teams get things done

Steve Jobs, a man who knew a thing or two about harnessing the power of teams, once said, “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” Connecting Evernote and Slack makes it easier for your team to collaborate, share knowledge, and achieve great things. Find out more here or try it for yourself today.

Note: This integration is available in English, German, French, and Spanish. Additional languages coming soon.

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  • Andy

    How do I get Evernote app installed in Slack? Evernote is not in the app list on Slack.com. I am a Slack admin and following the process at https://evernote.com/slack did not work.

    • Pamela Rosen

      Andy,
      Sorry you had that trouble! Give it another try. It should work beautifully now. If not, please reach back out and we’ll get you the help you need. -Pam

      • Ronald Gorm

        https://evernote.com/slack did not work

        • Pamela Rosen

          Hi, Ronald. You might want to take a look at this help doc: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/115013171368 to get a better idea how to use Evernote and Slack together. If you still have questions, write back, and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction! -Pam R

  • Percivall

    Do you need to have a Business account in Evernote and Slack for this to work? I have Premium Evernote account but not Business. I did the Install but Slack does not recognize the /search and /note commands.

    • Pamela Rosen

      Hi, George! No, you don’t need a Business account to connect Slack and Evernote. It should work with every version of Evernote! First, you should make sure that the integration worked successfully.Do you see Evernote under the ‘Apps’ section in the navbar in Slack? If everything is good there, note which slash commands you’re using. /search isn’t a recognized command, for example. Try /find instead. If you’ve tried these and it’s still not working, drop an email to slack-support@evernote.com for more help. Thanks for reaching out! -Pam R

  • Ditsy

    More new features… when are you going to bring the Android app features inline with the iOS one? It’s not even possible to save camera images to PDF from Android…

  • bobby

    Hi – i cant seem to get this to work. I followed the process and authorised evernote to work with my slack account but Slack is not recognising the commands. also evernote is not showing as an installed integration as i cant see a way to “install it” – all i can to is authorise it. any ideas? cheers

    • Pamela Rosen

      Hi there! Your best bet is to contact Support. Send a DM to @evernotehelps on Twitter, and they’ll be happy to help you with that! -Pam R

  • Jean

    I have many workspaces and somehow, no matter what I do, the apps evernote is only added to 1 workspace (always the same one). I tried to add the apps in the other worskpace, but it gets connected back to the first workspace I linked.

  • Benji

    Why did Evernote pull up in Spanish when I tried the /find command?

    • Pamela Rosen

      Hi, Benji, It seems you’ve experienced a bug that our team has found and fixed. Are you still seeing that? If so, please let us know. -Pam R

  • stacey

    if i hook up evernote for slack and allow slack to access my evernote account, will all the other slack users in my company also be able to access my private evernote account? Or only me?

    • Pamela Rosen

      Hi, Stacey, I understand your concern. The answer is no one in your Slack chat will be able to see anything you’re doing in Evernote on Slack until you choose to share it. Hope that helps! -Pam R

  • Alexandre Drummond

    I know it is not really “on topic”but is there any way to integrate Evernote with Rocketchat?

  • Ric Bretschneider

    Having some trouble predicting what will be inserted with the/find command. Specifically I’m trying to add pencil created notes from Evernote. One regularly is inserted inline as the full image. Another is inserted as embedded object (cropped small preview image with note name.) Can’t tell why they’re different.

    • Pamela Rosen

      Hi, Ric, This happens when the image is too large for Slack to handle (in which case we only insert a thumbnail). I hope that helps! -Pam R

  • Michelle

    I can’t get this to work correctly – a clipped note shows in the web app, but not the desktop (Mac) app. I’ve tried syncing and restarting all apps.

    • Pamela Rosen

      Hi, Michelle, Sorry you’re having this problem! This should help you.
      https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/115013171368 is a help doc that will walk you through how to use Evernote and Slack together.

      Hope that’s helpful! -Pam R

  • Michelle

    Nevermind… I restarted the computer, synced again, and added a new note, and it now works perfectly.

  • Alex

    Hi, great integration you guys have put together. How do I direct links I post in slack to the evernote desktop app instead of evernote in the browser? I assume this is a setting somewhere?

    Thanks!

    • Pamela Rosen

      Alex, When you open an Evernote link in your browser, the code on that page will attempt to open the same note in your local client. This functionality depends on the browser/platform. However, in certain browsers, it’s possible to block opening external links in such a way that this functionality will be disabled. Please write us at slack-support@evernote.com and provide information about your platform and browser and they’ll help you out with this! -Pam R

  • Don

    Sounds like this could be useful. I figured out how to get it working but would be nice if you included a few screenshots to show that. thanks