In another effort to get organized, I decided I should put links to my many video courses into EverNote 2; just drag & drop and line ’em up in a series of notes. Under some conditions, dragging and dropping files into Evernote 2 will give you this choice: ‘Insert Link’ or ‘Create New Note’ to create links to your files.
With EverNote open in your taskbar, just drag a file onto it, wait for the window to open and drop it in.
As I watch videos or read PDFs on one monitor, I can write notes into EverNote 2 on the other one and have chronological order to what I’m learning and notes to refer back to. Seems a grand plan because it gives me a sense of hope. The world being what it is, every shred of control in my teeny little universe …
… makes things so nice and tidy and focused instead of a big jumble in my head.
What I discovered about this is that EverNote 2 also opens video files directly. Which I like. Click-click and here comes my video to watch.
It also works with any other type of file: text, audio, images.
Of course, if you rename your files or move them to different locations on your hard-drive they’ll become unlinked from EverNote. Because I often move my files, even when I think I’m not ever going to again, I’ve switched to a different method.
I went through EverNote and cut and pasted all previously-linked files to plain text. Ctrl+Shift+V. Although it wasn’t necessary; all I’d have to do is remember that the files are probably unlinked anyway. For anything in the future I use the same method of inserting ‘links’ but do them as plain text instead.
This way I can just use the file-names as markers instead of opening files directly. When I need to open a file, I copy and paste the file-name into my desktop search and it will immediately find the present location. If I was clicking on a broken link in EverNote I’d have to go find the file again anyway.
The other advantage of this is that my database has gotten dramatically smaller. From 120MB down to 10MB as it was before I started linking files. Really, all you need here is the file-names unless you know, for sure, you’re never going to move your files again.
Also, have a look at Auto-Import. (Works with text files, HTML and images.)