I make good use of Evernote’s web clipping functionality. It is so easy that I clip and collect ’stuff’ that has a limited shelf life. For example, when I am preparing a sermon, I clip Biblical cross references or simple word searches from BibleGateway.
Evernote’s search capabilities allows me to find and shed these kind of outdated notes without much effort. I use two advance functions. The first is “created:YYYYMMDD” which returns all notes created since the date YYYYMMDD. The second is “intitle:<search term>” which returns all notes with the <search term> as part of the note title.
Regarding the preaching example above, I perform the following search: created:20160101 intitle:Bible Gateway. This returns all notes created since Jan 1, 2016 that contain the words “Bible” and “Gateway” in the note title. I choose those key words as my search term because they are automatically included in the note title when I clip from BibleGateway and they are sufficiently unique to return the notes I want to purge.
A couple more advance search tips
Of course, the “intitle:” advance search function is ideal to find notes that I have long squirrelled away. I make it a regular part of my work flow to ensure that the title of a new Evernote note contains at least one key word that represents the note content. This is particularly important if you are using Evernote Basic since search capabilities on that kind of account do not extend to the content of office documents or pdf’s.
Another handy use of the “created:” search function is to quickly find your most recent notes. The search syntax “created:day-3” returns all notes created in the last 3 days.
Its your turn
How are you using EN advance search capabilities to keep on top of your digital stuff?by