I am forever bookmarking, adding buttons to my iPad’s home screen, and taking screen shots of yummy-sounding recipes, fabulous garden designs, and sites with background information for the mystery I plan to write. As a result, my iPad and iPhone have multiple screens with a mishmash meaningless icons. Not helpful when I am looking for a specific site.
Recently, however, a participant in one of my adult education classes shared her Evernote digital notebooks with us. She had all of her recipes organized by type in different notebooks. A light bulb went off in my head! I opened my Evernote app that I had installed when I was consulting in schools and deleted all of the examples of organizing for research papers and science notes. Now I have a clean slate with which to play. And I have. If you look at the image below, you’ll see that I have notebooks for recipes, up-to-date info on iPhone camera and the Photos apps, helpful sites for background details of this mystery novel I have rolling around in my head.
Quick Tour of Evernote–Just Enough to Get You Started!
Evernote is a free app and can be synced across two devices. Of course there is a “premium” (costs money) version that has extra features including syncing notebooks across more than two devices and more storage space. I have my iPad and iPhone synced because I can check recipe ingredients on my iPhone when I am at the grocery store. I can always change my mind and sync to my computer, but then I would not have the phone link.
So here we go…
When you open Evernote, you’ll see a screen similar to the one below except you won’t have any notebooks.
Tap on the green plus sign (see above) to add a notebook. This screen will appear. Type in a title for your notebook. You can see that I typed Demo. Then tap Create and you will have created your first notebook.
Now you are ready to add your first note. Look at the image below to see all of the choices you have for adding notes: typing, using a template, adding a photo, dictating, drawing, and importing a file from your iCloud Drive. You just tap on your choice to add notes. There is one more way — you can save a site directly from the internet, and we will get to that in a bit,
If you tap on the drawing icon, this screen will pop up. There is a choice of pens, colors, and width of the stroke. Plus the “paper” is a grid to use as guidelines as needed.
Evernote offers a variety of templates you might find useful. Or, you can create your own.
Now, let’s look at how to add a website directly into your notebook.
First, locate the website you want and then look for the Share button (circled in red).
Tap the Share button. On an iPad it is usually in the upper right hand corner, but on an iPhone you might find it at the bottom of the screen.
The Share menu will pop up. Notice that Evernote is listed right in my choices. But it wasn’t always. I had to go to the More option several times before it became one of my routine choices. Skip down to the next images to learn about the More option.
If you don’t see Evernote in your Share options, scroll over to where it says More and tap.
A screen will appear with all of the possible places you might want to send this website. As long as you have downloaded the Evernote app and signed in, it will be there. Tap Evernote.
OK, back to what you will see once you have tapped Evernote in the Share menu. A dialog box will appear and the last notebook you used will be listed at the bottom of the box. Obviously, I do not want to save a Tandoori Chicken recipe to my iPhone/iPad camera notebook! I tap on the the small arrow and will see my list of choices.
I have selected chicken recipes–a far better choice for this website. Don’t forget to tap Save (right hand side of green bar). You are all set now. The website you saved will automatically show up in your notebook.
When I go back to my notebook list, I just scroll through the left hand column to see all of the different notes or websites I have included. The image below is from my Chicken Recipes notebook. To add a new note, tap the green circle with the white plus sign.
Once you have saved several websites to your Evernote notebooks, the process will become second nature. To make things even easier, I have added the Evernote icon (green elephant) to my dock so I have easy access.
Evernote is just one notebook app. I also like Notability. When I run out of free space in Evernote, I will start building notebooks in Notability—free is good, right!?! When you go to the App store, you will see other possibilities. Read the reviews and pick what sounds best to you. Guaranteed you will find a video on YouTube explaining how to use whichever app you choose.
Final word–notebook apps are an efficient way to organize all of the “stuff” we find on the web. Happy hunting and organizing,
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1rS22ccn11gtOXY2yp1yRwps
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