When to use
Tags are used to organize notes.
Tags are short, descriptive pieces of text applied to a note that can be used to identify it later or group several Notes by topic. A tag can be a single word or a phrase. It can consist of letters, symbols, or combination of both. Each note may have one tag, multiple tags, or none at all. You can have up to 100,000 tags per Evernote account.
You can use tags as an addition to Notebooks as a way to organize the Notes. Or you can rely solely on tags to organize your Notes.
To create a tag simply “Click to add tags” to the right of the name of the Notebook (for Mac or Windows desktop) and start typing.
Tag suggestions based on previous tags in Evernote will appear as you type. If there are no matches or you don’t like any of the existing options, you can finish typing, hit Return, and a new tag will be created.
To delete a tag, backspace over the tag text. It will delete the tag from the note, but won’t delete the tag from your Evernote.
To look at your entire list of tags, click the Tags tab on the Sidebar. Tags that start with a symbol will be at the top. Tags that start with a letter will be listed in alphabetical order. Tags that start with numbers will be listed in ascending number order.
Tags give you much more flexibility than notebooks, because you can:
- Nest tags one under another and go several levels deep (whereas with Notebooks you can only go one level deep)
- Have an unlimited number of tags (whereas the number of Notebooks is finite—250 for your personal account and 5000 for a business account)
- Tag one note with several tags (whereas you can put a note into only one Notebook)
The fact that you can create tags very easily and on the fly has its disadvantages, because it’s rather easy to create more tags than necessary and lose track of them. So, don’t go overboard with tags—remember that when you search for something, Evernote searches the body of the Note as well.
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