Here’s a quick little tip for the Evernote users out there — emailed notes can now be sent to specific notebooks. The new feature was mentioned over at GottaBeMobile and although it sounds like a small tweak, it’s actually a huge productivity booster. You simply use one of two new tags in a email note to help organize your thoughts. Let’s say you use Evernote for tasks and you maintain the list in a notebook called Tasks. Use the @Tasks tag in the subject line your email, shoot it to Evernote and the information is sucked into your Tasks notebook. Of course, you can attach objects to the email and they’ll get pulled in too, so it’s not limited to text only. And there’s no need to move emailed notes from the default notebook, since you can now specify which notebook to use.
The other new tweak is the hashtag. Again, use this in the subject line of an email note. Maybe you just keep tasks in a default notebook, but keep other info there too. Sending a note with #tasks creates a searchable tag in your notebook to help you find tasks. Obviously, you can use any custom tags with the hashtag — I’m just using tasks as an example. A few caveats with the new features:
- This functionality only works for existing notebooks and tags
- At this time, you cannot create new notebooks or tags with this feature
- In the subject line, always put the note title first, then add any notebooks or tags
- This feature will not work for notebook names that contain an ‘@’ or a ‘#’, and it will not work for tags that contain a ‘#’ in their name.
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