Part 2 of 9 Cool Evernote Tips
Last week I went over the first five Evernote tips. I hope you enjoyed them and put them to use. This week you’ll explore the final four tips.
We all browse the web a lot, and many sites are cluttered with ads and other distractions. Sometimes you’d like to just read the article and not have a bunch of flashing ads and scrolling pictures messing up the experience. Enter Clearly, an Evernote extension that lets you read articles distraction-free.
The first thing to do is download the extension. It is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Sorry about that IE and Safari users. Click here to go to the Clearly guide page, download it and it will ask if you want to install it. Click install. Now the icon of a desk lamp will appear in your menu bar. Whenever you want to read something online, just click the lamp and it will strip away all the clutter. You can even change the font size or the page theme. You can save the article to Evernote. You can annotate and highlight the page, print it, and even have Clearly read the article to you. That’s right, it even reads the text to you.
Have you ever wanted to capture a picture that scrolling across the page, such as an awesome kitchen or bathroom? Well, here’s a little known fact about Clearly. When you come on a site like that, click the lamp icon and it will pull all the pictures that are scrolling across the page, into a simplified article. Then you can drag them onto your desktop and save them, or just save the note to Evernote. It will show you all the photos in the slide show. Now that’s a cool tip.
When you sign up for Evernote, whether Free or Premium, you are assigned an email address. You can find your email address on the desktop app by clicking the drop down by your name at the top left corner, and clicking on Account Info. You’ll then see your email address under Email Notes To. If you’d like this in your address book, which I highly recommend, click on View in Address Book, and it will insert the email address using Evernote Download as the name. You can also copy it paste it into your address book if you have multiple address books.
When you run across an email that you want to find later, such as an order, receipt, memorable letter, or reservation, forward the email to your Evernote email address. It becomes a note that you can look up later.
There’s another new feature that is not part of the email address, but does the same thing, only better. It only works in Gmail on the Chrome browser though. [You might be getting the idea that the Chrome browser is one of the best browsers out there. If you are still using Internet Explorer, definitely try Chrome] If you use Gmail, and you want to save an email, click on the web clipper icon. It will recognize that you want to save the email and when you click save, it will make a note of the email. Plus it will strip all the ads on the sidebar out, making it much more readable.
Any attachments will be saved, and all the links in the message will be live. As an added bonus, if you want to see the original email, there’s a link at the top of the note that will take you there. Life is good.
Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you searched the web, you also got search results from all the notes you’ve stored in Evernote. Well the good news is, you can. This can be very handy sometimes. There have been occasions where I searched the web, and Evernote came up with some search results, from my own notes, that was exactly what I was looking for. I just didn’t remember I had stored it.
This is called a simultaneous search or related results. It’s very easy to set up. Here’s how to enable it in Chrome. Go to your browser’s Preferences>Extensions and go down to the Evernote Web Clipper and you’ll see Options. Click that and it opens up a new window with several options you can click, such as Use Smart Filing. Go down to Related Results and check the box. Now, when you search for something on a search engine, it will show three results from your Evernote account too.
Safari is a little different. Make sure you have the web clipper installed. Click the web clipper icon (an elephant’s head). At the bottom of the sidebar that appears you’ll see your name. Click the name and you’ll see Web Clipper Tutorial and Options. Click Options. At the bottom of the list put a check mark in Related results.
Firefox’s setting are also unique. Here’s how. In Firefox go to Tools>Add-ons>Extensions>Evernote Web Clipper>Preferences then click on Related Results.
Now you can simultaneously search both the web and Evernote.
If you have a smartphone or tablet with a camera, here’s a few ways you can maximize the camera’s usefulness.
First you need to have the Evernote app on the device. Open the app and touch on the Evernote app. Next touch Camera. When the camera opens you’ll see 4 choices just above the shutter button – Post-it® Note, Photo, Document, and Business card. All photos taken with any of these settings will be saved as an Evernote note.
Post-it® Note formats a square image. This is useful for taking pictures of Post-it® notes you’ve written and want to keep, or just taking pictures of smaller snippets of text in an article.
Photo is just like the device camera, although it loses some of the functionality of the device’s camera.
Document formats the image in a rectangle that is proportional to a normal 8-1/2” x 11”page. Since all photos, taken in any setting, run through optical character recognition, any document you photograph can be found by entering any text you might remember from the document. This includes flyers, wine labels, material prices, or product pictures.
Finally, we have the Business card format. It sizes the picture to the size of a business card. Place a business card on a contrasting surface – light cards on a dark background, and dark cards on a light background. Hold the camera directly over the card. Lower it till it sees the card. You don’t have to press the shutter button. When it’s ready it will take the picture.
You’ll be presented with all of the information it captured from the image. If you are satisfied, touch the check mark. If not, touch the trash can and take it again. Being directly over the card will produce better results.
You can have all of your business cards go to one notebook by going to your Evernote Settings, click on Camera, enable Save Snapshots and then, under Business Cards, touch on Notebook and choose the notebook you would like to save the business cards in, such as Scanned Business Cards. While you’re there, touch the Save to Contacts button and the scanned business card will copy into your address book.
Now you know what you can do with all those business cards that are getting dusty on your desk.
I hope this 2-Part Series – 9 Cool Evernote Tips showed you how useful Evernote can be. It is multi-functional and is constantly being improved. Many of the features shown here were not available a few years back. Put each one to use. You’ll discover more and more ways to use it. Leave a comment and tell our readers how you use Evernote. We’ll all gain from your comments and if you put your website address in the comment, it will actually help the SEO for your website, so comment away.
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Wishing you the best of fortune, Randall
This article was written by Randall Soules, remodeling coach, adviser, educator, and creator of the Scientific Remodeling System, showing you better ways to advance your business, raise your profits, and improve your life, through the use of superior remodeling processes. If you would like to learn more about this eCourse, click here. He also provides one-on-one coaching to a limited amount of contractors. You can contact Randall at Randall@scientificremodelingsystem.com.
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