How to Archive Evernote Notes and Free Up Notebook Clutter
Are you still using Evernote? Kudos! The company has been through some major trials and tribulations over the last 12 months, and many users have jumped ship to OneNote .
But alas, OneNote isn’t right for everyone . So if you’re still using Evernote, you’ll no doubt be aware of one missing feature — a glaring omission for a supposedly full-featured note-taking app.
I am, of course, talking about archiving. Why isn’t there a simple, native way to archive your old stacks for posterity? Even the paid tiers don’t offer this feature. Luckily, there are a couple of workarounds.
Using Native Workarounds
There are two workarounds you can deploy from within the Evernote app:
- Tags: You could just create a new tag called Archive and attach it to all your old notes. Of course, the drawback is you’ll need to type -tag:Archive on all your searches to exclude the notes from your results.
- Prefix: Prefix the names of notebooks and stacks with an X to send them to the bottom of your lists. This keeps them out of the way… somewhat.
Using an IFTTT Recipe
If you’re looking for a more elegant solution, you could check out Evernote’s IFTTT channel.
For those who don’t know, IFTTT is a free web app that lets you automate tasks using chains of conditional statements. When an event happens in one app, an action is triggered in another.
On the Evernote channel, you’ll find an applet called Archive notes in Google Drive when you label them with a specific tag.
As the name suggests, you just add a tag to the notes you want to archive and Evernote will automatically save them in a Google Doc file. Once the save process is complete, you can delete the note from your Evernote account without worrying about losing it forever.
What other IFTTT recipes do you use with Evernote? Let us know in the comments below.