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Did you know that Evernote is more than a place to simply store your thoughts for later? It is actually a powerful tool filled with options, but when you use them to the fullest, finding what you’ve done can be a challenge.

Fear not, because we’ve compiled a list of the most useful Evernote search tips & tricks to help you make the most of the tools offered by the program. The list below will help your navigate through your notes like a pro.


Please find the contents of the cheat sheet below.

Evernote – Advanced Search


Search Hotkeys

  • Windows – Winkey+Shift+F
  • Mac – Ctrl+Cmd+F

Boolean and Wildcards

  • Using + or :Example: makeuseof -microsoft +google.This will display all notes with the words makeuseof and google, but not microsoft.
  • * (asterisk ): Example: makeuseof*.This is especially helpful in cases where you’re searching for the base word, but want to include other variations of it, like plural forms.

Using Search Operators

  • any:Example: any: feeding snakes.This will bring any articles that contain either words feeding or snakes, unlike the default search method.
  • (at the beginning): Example: ” feeding snakes.This brings any notes that have the words feeding snakes in that exact order.
  • notebook: (notebook:notebookname): Example: notebook:myresume.It’s important that you don’t put a space between the colon [:] and the notebook name. If you want to search a notebook containing two or more words in the name, you’ll need to add a quotation [“] between the colon [:] and the notebook name. Example: notebook:”business cards
  • intitle:Example: intitle:quote.Great method when you know a specific set of words in the title of a note that you’re looking for.
  • tag:Example: tag:bicycling.For multiple words, you will need to add a quotation [“] between the colon [:] and the tag name.
  • created:[datetime] or updated:[datetime] : Example: created:20130113.This will find any notes created on January 13, 2013. Best used when you know the date a note was created or updated on or after. You are also able to search in relativity to the current day. Example: created:day-1 = yesterday and created:week-1 = one week ago.
  • resource:Example: resource:image/png. This will display notes only with images in the file format of .PNG – if you want all images, add an asterisk [*] at the end. Example: resource:image/*
  • encryption:Example: encryption: . This will display all specific notes that have encrypted data.

Other Tips

  • Save Your Searches:Expand the search options by clicking the arrow to the right of the search box. After you’ve typed in your desired search, click the magnifying glass with a plus sign over it. Name your search and specify the query.
  • Combine Search Techniques:You can combine search operators to improve and narrow results. Using the Boolean techniques in combination with search operators is yet another way to improve results. Example: resource:image/* intitle:nebraska

You may also download this cheat sheet in PDF format as seen in the image above.

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