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Evernote for the Preacher 4 Using Search

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Using Search to find resources

Evernote’s search capabilities continue to put me in a state of awe. There is a small learning curve. However, taking time to learn search will help us to rev up the productivity of using Evernote for sermon preparation. As a result once the fundamentals are learned there is little chance a person should spend unwanted time searching for a note lost in their account.

The search bar is located at the top right corner of the Evernote app on a computer. On an iOS device it is located on the bottom option bar. You can do a general search using terms in the note you are searching for or you can use operators to narrow the search results. At the end of this post are the operators I use most often. To see a complete list of search operators that Evernote uses check out this help article on their website here.

Search at the top right corner of the computer app

You can also go deeper using the developers search grammar article here, be warned this will be overwhelming information if you have not already become familiar with search.

Searching notebooks

The following is how to find a note in one of the notebooks that we created.

notebook:quotes – will return all notes in the quotes notebook.

This is helpful in narrowing the focus of a search to a specific notebook as a result the search query returns notes in that notebook. But if we just wanted to look thru all the notes in that specific notebook we could just as easily navigate to the notebook itself. So we can narrow the focus by adding a specific tag that we want to search within. Write your search like this.

notebook:quotes tag:/prodigal – will return all notes in quotes notebook tagged /prodigal.

Search operators

This is an excellent way to search for quotes that would apply to the topic of prodigals. A search must have only one notebook operator, which needs to be first in the search query. But a search can have multiple tag operators. Which comes in handy if you have a topic you are preaching on that could have many illustrations or quotes that would apply.

Turning “and” into “or” searches

By default the Evernote search query will be an “and” search. For example if we were to search using the terms “prodigal going home” the results will give us notes that include all of those terms. This way of searching can sometimes cause an issue. What if the note we are looking for is missing one of those terms? The note we want may not show in the results. We can get the results we want by using the “any” operator. Write the search like this.

any: prodigal going home – this will return notes that contain any of those terms.

This will widen the search net a bit. But it could save some time searching for a note if you are not positive which words are used in the note.

Popular search operators I use often

  1. notebook:
  2. tag:
  3. -tag: to exclude a tag
  4. any:
  5. inTitle:

There are many search operators that can be used, and I do suggest taking a look at them on either of those articles I linked to above.

Search Tricks

If you find yourself doing a search often. It could be a time saver to save a part of the search parameters. An asterisk acts as a wildcard when placed at the end of an unfinished word.

get* – would return any word that has get as the first three letters like gets, getting, etc.

In the next post I am going to tell you some reasons in greater detail of why I like Evernote for my sermon preparation and for keeping my sermons in.

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