The Five Minute Solution: Create Customized Quick Access to Evernote

The Five Minute Solution: Create Customized Quick Access to Evernote

Evernote's note linking feature has just made my life easy again. Months ago, I started experimenting with note linking for some notes that I wanted to alphabetize in a notebook.

Now, I've created a Table of Contents as my one Shortcut note that allows me to access my most frequently used notes.

Previously, I had dismissed Shortcuts as useless because this section will display only two notes on the iPhone or iPad display. If I was looking for something particular, I'd open up Search and type in key words. The Search feature in Evernote is thorough! I don't even bother with tagging my notes because searching is so painless. Even documents I photograph with the Scannable app are easily read with Evernote's OCR.

Typing into Evernote's Search tool frustrated my clumsy fat fingers! I engineered a work-around.

But then I changed up my routine. Since I don't bring my iPad to school every day, I'm constantly accessing Evernote on my iPhone. My tinier iPhone with my fat fingers! Typing in the Search box was frustrating me. I'm always hitting the wrong character!

I decided to create a note called Table of Contents. It is the only note that I have starred as a Shortcut. And the only notes I link here have information that I access more frequently from my phone.

To use the note linking feature you do have to open the desktop version of Evernote. For step-by-step instructions, please see my post How to Create Structure in Evernote Notebooks with Note Linking

I went through my notes and chose several that I use while I'm at school or running errands. I renamed a few notes just to make their use outside the context of a notebook a little clearer. Then I linked away. Took less than five minutes. I did hit Return at the end of each note title to add an extra line of space between my notes. Again, fat fingers. I want clicking on these notes to be easy.

The Five Minute Solution: Create Customized Quick Access to Evernote

Under Settings, I added Shortcuts to my home screen.

Just click on Customize Home Screen.

Check off Shortcuts and make sure to have Shortcuts enabled at the bottom of the screen as well. Then I used those three horizontal gray lines to drag the Shortcuts option to the top of my Evernote home screen.

The Five Minute Solution: Create Customized Quick Access to Evernote

Now, when I'm out and I open Evernote, here's my display screen. I tap once on my always accessible Table of Contents and in one more click I've retrieved whatever note I need.

The Five Minute Solution: Create Customized Quick Access to Evernote

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