Continuing our six-part series, we begin to discuss all of the ways that you can import your information into Evernote. Since Evernote is brilliantly simple and ingeniously adaptable, it makes sense that this exceptional organizational tool would allow you to import information into it from virtually any source, allowing the program to be a true catch-all for your data.
The whole purpose of Evernote is to effectively gather information that is coming to you from all areas of your life. Rather than skimming through an email, online publication, or business memo and thinking, “Okay, I’ll get to this later”—just forward it immediately into Evernote, and tag it with a helpful word or two. When you’re ready for that information, it will be waiting!
Consider these amazing options for importing data—each of them with the possibility to direct information into your Evernote account like high-speed trains into central station!
Importing from Email – Evernote’s setup will automatically offer you the chance to put an “Add to Evernote” button in the tool bar of your email reader. The button allows you to automatically import any email message into Evernote, in its entirety. If you like, delete out irrelevant information—keeping only the most valuable kernels. Feel free to immediately tag the noted email with any keywords that describe it. You’ll never need to hunt for a lost email again!
Scanner Pro – This extremely economical Evernote upgrade allows you to turn your iPhone or iPad into a scanner. Scanner Pro scans documents of any kind, converting them into PDFs and sending them to Evernote automatically via WiFi.
Evernote Web Clipper – After a quick download, this feature allows you to immediately save anything you see online—whether links, text, or images—into your Evernote account with a single click.
Instapaper – This Evernote app saves articles directly to your Evernote account, allowing you to access or read them later. Whether you plan to use the articles for business or pleasure is up to you.
Drag and drop files – Well, of course Evernote would let you do this! Still, the ability to attach files, spreadsheets, images, and documents into any note or notebook shouldn’t be taken for granted!
Photos – Take and attach pictures to a note from within the app.
Audio – Take and attach a voice memo or audio file to a note from within the app.
Import folders – In the “Tools” section, select “Import Folders.” This feature will put Evernote on watch for any particular files and folders you choose—monitoring them and automatically importing new information and updates. You can also set it to delete the source files once they are imported, saving you clutter and redundancy.
Sync – Automatically imports information from any of your devices into your account.
Shared notebooks from friends, family, and colleagues – arguably the most important source of information that you may want imported into Evernote . . . the information that people need or want to share with you—collaboration!
Stay tuned for the next post in the series: “Evernote Illuminated—Part Four: Taking Care of Business”, as we discuss the many business applications of Evernote!