Updated Dec 16 2009
I’ve been particularly dense about figuring this out, so, having stumbled upon it, I thought I’d share it with anyone who hasn’t gotten the most out of Evernote—particularly its tagging features. I’m surprised that Evernote doesn’t make more of this. It seems to be buried deep in their documentation, but to me, if I can remember all the parameters, it suddenly makes Evernote a much more powerful beast.
As Mark Stout points out, you can then save a complex search in Evernote and that becomes a filter of its own.
The easiest way to find something is just to type a keyword for it in the search box.
If you want to exclude a word from the results, prefix it with the minus sign:
If you’re looking for any of several words—in other words soeharto OR suharto—you can use the modifier any.
Note there has to be a space between the any: and the first search term. Any: must be after other parameters but before the search terms. All words after any: will be assumed to be part of the any: search:
any: soeharto suharto
You can also narrow down by tags (note there’s no space between colon and the tag word):
If you add tags together, you need to preface each with tag:
If a tag is more than one word, then you need to put it in quotes:
If you want to exclude all notes with a certain tag you can:
You can also use wildcards with (or to exclude) tags (wildcards can only appear at the end of words, or alone):
You can specify which notebook or notebooks you want to search in (so you don’t have to click on a specific notebook before you search):
The notebook parameter must precede all other parameters.
If your notebook contains more than one word the words need to be within quotation marks: notebook:”media asia”
It doesn’t seem to be possible to use this modifier to search all notebooks (unless you add them all manually by name.)
You can limit your search to notes with a word in the title:
You can limit your search by date. Use the terms:
- created – when the note was created
- updated – when the note was updated
on or after a specific date: created:20091113
on or after a specific time (in this case 9.15 am): created:20091113T091500
or today: created:day
or yesterday: created:-day
or the past 30 days: created:day-30
or this week: created:week
or this month: created:month
or this year: created:year
The minus sign makes all these before this date or period:
Or before a date: created:-20091113
or yesterday: created:day-1
You can also find notes with or without images, audio or ink notes
notes with at least one image or gif: resource:image/gif
notes with no audio: -resource:audio/*
(but my mistakes)