One of the things I like in Evernote’s iPhone app is the ability to favorite notes to make those you frequently use easily accessible. Unfortunately their desktop apps don’t have the same kind of functionality, but there are some different ways around this. One method most people use is creating a special tag that is applied to all of the important notes, but I’ve never been a huge fan of using tags for this purpose. There is another way I’ve been using for a few weeks that really works well across all my devices.
What you have to do is sort all of your notes by the date they were created, as seen in the screenshot above. Then go into your most important notes and manually set the date they were created to some point into the future… way into the future. As you can see in this screenshot I put my todo list in the year 2020:
If you don’t see the “Created” field open the
View menu in Evernote and click “Show Note Info”
Now all of the notes that you’ve set into the future will show up at the top of your list. You can also control their order by playing around with the dates. For example, you may want to set your todo list to January 2nd, 2020 and your grocery list to January 1st, 2020. That way your todo list will always appear above your grocery list.
Since these notes always appear at the top I don’t feel the need to mess around with saved searches, but you can if you want. As you may have learned from our Evernote search syntax article you can restrict results based on the date they were created. Here are a couple examples:
- Matches notes that were created on or after January 1st, 2020.
- created:20200101 -created:20210101
- Matches notes that were created between January 1st, 2020 and January 1st, 2021.
Before you go and think about using the date updated field instead of the date created I should warn you that the next time you make a change to the note Evernote will automatically set it to the current date/time. So your best bet is to stick with the date created because Evernote won’t ever touch that field after a note has already been made.