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Harness the power of Evernote for Mac, a popular cloud note-taking and note-sharing tool. This course begins with a look at ways Evernote can help you note and track important items and then build and work with notes and collect notebooks for sharing. Author David Rivers also shows how to take and store photos, screenshots, and even video in notebooks. Plus, the powerful tagging and search features help keep your notes organized and accessible. The course also covers the notebook sharing and protection features, so your privacy is maintained at all times.
The way Evernote looks and behaves on your Mac computer is based on certain settings, or preferences. We're going to take a look at some of those, now. We access our Evernote preferences by going to the Evernote menu, clicking there, and selecting Preferences. You could also use your keyboard shortcut, Cmd+Comma. From here, you'll see a number of different categories. A general category, which is selected by default, and then some other ones we'll talk about in a moment. Just keep in mind that Evernote is constantly evolving, and your screen may look a little different than mine.
For now, let's focus on the general preferences. Down below, you'll find out later on that you can send notes to Evernote. From other applications if you wanted to, even for email, and if you want to do so, where do they go? They go to a default notebook. Your only notebook when you first log into Evernote is the same as your user name, mine's Steve Rivers Mac eight. As we create additional notebooks we can pick and choose which one's going to be our default. This is something we will talk about in detail later on.
For now if we click this drop down there's no other choice. Also, you can see a checkmark next to Open note links from other applications in a new window. So if we do, for example, send an email with a link to one of our notes we could click that link and see it open up in a new window by default, thanks to this checkmark... The other thing we can turn on is a note counter. As we look over here at the side bar and look at notes there's no number showing up indicating how many notes we have. If you're interested you can click this Check box and you can see I've one note in my notes, all notes is selected up here.
So far only one note, but, in no time at all, that number is going to grow. So if you like seeing the number of notes that appear, even in various notebooks, you can choose to keep that checked off, or not. Also if you have the premium version you can show related notes. Again, if you don't have the premium feature like me, it's not even selectable. A little bit further down, there's something called the EvernoteHelper, and it's running in the background even when you quit Evernote. So if we were to quit Evernote, one that we would see is this little elephant icon on the menu bar indicating that the helper is still running, and we can use this from other applications to achieve certain things like.
Clip things that we want to send to Evernote. Even launch Evernote, sign out from there. Lots of different options that we'll talk about as we move through the various movies in the various chapters of this title. But for now, you can see that it is going to be running in the background even after you quit Evernote. If you don't like that, you can turn it off. And if you don't like seeing the elephant in the menu bar, you can turn it off from here as well. I'm going to leave it on. Also, there's an option to start the Evernote helper when you log in to your computer.
So as soon as you turn on your PC, turn on your Mac, for example, that Evernote helper will be running whether you're logged in to Evernote or not. If you like that, click that checkbox as well. Let's move on to synch. This is kind of important. Your notes are going to be synchronized, so if you're using tablets, smart phones, using the web version of Evernote, if you want your notes to be synchronized on all devices you can adjust the synchronization. Every 30 minutes is what I'm seeing here, but there are options to manually synchronize, so it's up to you to click the synchronized button...
Or you can go as low as five minutes or as high as every hour if you wanted to. I'm going to go with every 30 minutes. Notice also you're going to be synching up shortcuts, so if you have shortcuts to notes and so on, they will be synched up too... Down below you'll see shared notebooks that are linked to your account. we'll talk about sharing notebooks a little later on, for now you shouldn't see anything if you're brand-new to Evernote like me. Also, if you're synchronizing notes, and you have many notebooks and many notes, it could take a few seconds, could even take more than a few seconds.
If you try to quit Evernote while you're synchronizing, you'll see a warning that you shouldn't do that, you shouldn't quit until the sync it's finished and that's because this checkmark is on by default. Let's go to clipping. Clipping you'll see it has a number of options. After you clip something say we're in a webpage and we see something we want to send to Evernote, we can clip it. Well the clip will be brought to the front. Something's going to happen on our doc, you're going to see a bouncing icon and you'll hear a sound as well. You can turn any of these off if you want to.
By default, we're going to view newly clipped PDF's inline. That means it'll be inline with the rest of our note. Down below the Evernote web clipper, again something we're going to talk about a little bit later on. If you don't have it already you can download it from here. You don't have to do it from here, but you can. We'll talk about the web clipper a little bit later. Shortcut keys can be changed from here. Notice creating a quick note, a new note window. They all have their own shortcuts. You can click the x's next to any of these if there's a conflict for example with another application, and change it to something that you would prefer to use as a keyboard shortcut.
And lastly is formatting. This is formatting for the notes you create. If you're creating notes with text, you can see default font and size. Clicking the select button allows you to change that if you want it changed to something different. Same thing for plain text. Plain text is similar to what you would see in a text editing application versus a word processor. Also you can adjust the date format by clicking this drop down. You can choose the date format that you prefer. And lastly, down below you can simplify formatting of pasted content.
So it removes all kinds of formatting, but will keep hyperlinks, images, and other content if you click this check box. It you're using Cmd+V to paste that's kind of important. Alright just close up your preferences when you're done, and that's how you customize. The way your Evernote app on your Mac looks and behaves.
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