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5 Evernote Tips for Beginners to Get Started

Updated on February 9, 2013
Learn the 5 Evernote Tips that every beginner should know!
Learn the 5 Evernote Tips that every beginner should know! | Source

Evernote is arguably the best note-taking application. Despite a lot of competitors in the niche, Evernote has always been the prime choice for millions of users. With numerous wonderful tools and lots of innovative features, Evernote has proved out to be a great productivity application for avid internet users.

Because Evernote is loaded with lots of features, it often turns out to be a bit difficult for beginners to get started with it. Either such beginners wrongly feel that this tool hasn’t got the potential or they end up being too confused with the interface and environment of Evernote. However, the fact is when you get acquainted with Evernote, you find it extremely useful and valuable.

Following are the 5 Evernote tips for beginners to get started, so they could realize the true potential of this wonderful tool and start organizing things in the best possible manner through Evernote.

1. Learn the Anatomy:

The first thing that every Evernote user, especially in the beginning, should do is to learn the anatomy of the tool. Evernote uses several terms to describe certain features of it. If you do not learn what these terms mean, you will soon get confused. Moreover, even in case of using external help – through articles, tutorials, videos and blogposts – you will need to have the knowledge to understand what the interface means.

2. Create More Notebooks:

One problem that I have often observed with beginners using Evernote is that they do not opt to create more notebooks. The end result turns out as great confusion, chaos and panic. By creating more notebooks – each for specifically assigned group of tasks and categories – you will find the tool much easier to negotiate.

Tagging Tip:

If your notes are related to specific people, try tagging their names in your note. When searching through ‘tags’, you will find all your notes, related to that person, with only one search.

3. Use Tags:

One of the most useful Evernote tips is to use as much tags as possible. Obviously, you are advised not to overdo it, but adding relevant tags to each note can help you organize your stuff in a much better way.

Tags allow you to easily search any note from your Evernote database. You may not find this tool very handy in the beginning phase, but as you keep using Evernote on a regular basis, tagging is one of those features that you will most benefit from.

4. Keep it Simple:

As mentioned earlier, Evernote is one of those tools that have lots of lots different features. Most beginners feel tempted to incorporate some extra features in their notes to make them look more appealing. However, the tip is to keep it simple.

By keeping your notes in the simplest of manners, you will find it much easier to organize and keep track of your data. Always remember that your primary goal is to make your life easier and more organized – by using such a tool like Evernote – and not the other way around.

Evernote app for Apple's iPhone


5. Vow to Use Evernote for a Month:

This is probably the best Evernote tip that I can give to you. Vow to use Evernote for at least a month before giving it up. For every possible use, try taking a note. Create notebooks for every type of work you do. Whether you find an interesting article on the web, a beautiful photo for your friend or if it is your shopping list, try to use Evernote to store that data. You can even save a template in Evernote for your blogposts that you can use every time. By using such techniques, you will start getting involved more and more – and that is the key.

If you are using a smartphone or tablet, you should try installing the free Evernote mobile app, too. Moreover, if you are using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your internet browsers, you should definitely try the Evernote plugins and add-ons for these browsers.

Final Words:

Evernote is a wonderful tool to use. And if anyone, who has always been in need of a digital notebook to be with him/her every time of the day, not using Evernote, he or she is seriously missing a treat here. I hope that the above-mentioned 5 Evernote tips for beginners would have helped you.

More Articles on Evernote:

If you are interested in learning more about Evernote, try reading the following articles:

Still unsure about using Evernote? It is, without any doubt, the best note-taking application right now. Read my full Evernote review to know why Evernote leads the way, and explore all the different features it has to offer you.

Evernote Essentials is one of the most popular books on the subject of Evernote. Written by an Evernote veteran, Brett Kelly, this books successfully explains many basic and technical concepts related to Evernote. For many beginners, Evernote Essentials can save a lot of time. Read my full review here. This article also mentions some other useful (cheaper) books on Evernote.


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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      I have Evernote and I must admit that I really remember to use it. I still pull out my notebook even though I realize there is so much more I could do with Evernote. Your short tutorial has helped give me a reason to use it more consistently, maybe for a month as you suggest. I especially need to find out if storing articles using Evernote will be of any help since this is one of my difficulties. Thanks for sharing your insights.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      I have Evernote and like it. I save all my online work in it so far. Very handy.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I just started to use Evernote, and I find it really useful to store articles that I come across that can be used as reference for future hubs. It's a great way to organize the material, and I can easily find what I'm looking for. You're right - you have to create multiple notebooks, or else you'll just have a confusing mess on your hands.