Auto-Import & Making Tables For EverNote 2

by JL Beeken on 1-16-2011

EverNote 2I’ve been using EverNote 2 for years, and never noticed this before.

Under File is an option called Import Wizard. This imports individual files if they’re text, HTML or images. This can be done once or set for Auto-Import on a continual basis.

There are only two steps. Choose a folder to import your files from.

EverNote Auto-Import

Then choose if you want your files imported once or to have that folder continually monitored. You can change your mind about that later under File/Properties/File Auto-Import.

EverNote Import Wizard

That’s it. You’re done.

My mind reels with the possibilities. First of all, I wrote this blog post using it. Instead of constructing a post using copy and paste, I took the screenshots that were automatically saved to my Inbox. Those were automatically imported into EverNote 2 and then I merged everything together with one click.

Making Tables in EverNote 2

Someone wrote to me about how to make tables in EverNote 2. There used to be a templates page where people contributed different ideas they had put together. One of them was a free-form table but it’s gone MIA. I had long since given up trying to use the default templates (To-Do List, To-Do List with Dates, etc) because they never made sense for what I wanted to accomplish.

An alternative to this, my friend told me, is to make a table in an HTML editor, then copy and paste it into EverNote 2. The table is not editable but your data is. This is a great idea with one major drawback. Tables come in many sizes and constantly going back and forth to an HTML editor to make a different size each time would be more than my busy mind could bear.

So, here’s another idea. It’s not the handiest thing in the world but it’s possible. Set up a folder for auto-import, as explained above. Then, open your HTML editor (Kompozer is free) and make a table starting with 1 row by 2 columns, and save it as table2.html, or whatever.

Before you get going you might want to choose some simple table formatting options, like a border and some spacing.

Kompozer

Then make another table 1 row by 3 columns and save it as table3.html. Always to your auto-import folder.

If you’ve never worked with Kompozer before, there are little teeny buttons on the tops and sides of all the cells. The “x” deletes the cell, the other arrows insert another row or another column either left/right or up/down.

Kompozer

Carry on across as far as you think you might go, like perhaps 6 or 8 columns. Or 20. Depends what you think you might need tables for. Continue saving. Then start working your way down in rows and save each one.

You have to change the name of the file each time by adjusting the number (table2, table3, etc but it’s quick) or EverNote 2 will think it’s already imported it. When you get back to EverNote 2 you’ll see you now you have a large selection of different size tables automatically imported. Categorize them all under EN Templates or something. When you need a table, there they are. Copy and paste the table you want into a new note.

Obviously, you can also create tables with various set headers, like research logs.

I’ve now set up a specific folder for auto-import so the files don’t get mixed in with everything else in my Inbox. I also added a shortcut to it in the SendTo menu. See Move To/Copy To for how to do that. Another one of those quickie filing solutions.

What else can you imagine auto-import would be useful for?

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Pinei 3-20-2013 at 11:02 AM

The HTML Editor of Evernote 2 was built by Terra Informatica.

The same company has a simple word processor named BlockNote (http://blocknote.net/). It is freeware.

You can use the BlockNote to format your table and then paste it to Evernote 2.

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