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Evernote Search: Desktop Shortcuts, Command Line Parameters (PC)

If you use Evernote a lot, there are probably certain notes, searches, notebooks, or tags that you use more often than others. In those cases, it can be really helpful (especially if you also use application launchers like Launchy) to have a desktop shortcut or some other quick way to jump directly to that particular note, saved search, tag, or notebook in Evernote.

Well, a lot of people don't know it, but you can actually create desktop shortcuts to saved searches like this. There's a little work involved, and it's a little laggy, but if it's a search that you find yourself doing all the time, it can be pretty nice.


How-To Geek's Guide to Creating Evernote Search Shortcut

No need to reinvent the wheel here. has an excellent article on how to create these shortcuts to Evernote's built-in ENScript utility.


Read the full article here: Make Evernote More Approachable With Custom Windows 7 Integration


The article details not only how to create these desktop shortcuts, but how to use those shortcuts with a cool launcher UI called StandaloneStack. You can ignore the StandaloneStack part of the tutorial if all you're interested in is creating shortcuts.

Create your shortcuts

Following the steps described in the article above, you can start creating Evernote saved search shortcuts. I have found it helpful to create one shortcut to use as a template, and then create copies of that template and change the syntax for different searches.


Evernote Shortcut Examples

Here's a few examples of what the command line syntax looks like in different scenarios. This command line goes in the "Target" box on the ENScript shortcut:

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Search a Notebook, Single word name

In this case, a notebook named "Marketing":

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\ENScript.exe" showNotes /q "notebook:Marketing"


Search Notebook: Multi-word name

A notebook named "Work Instructions":

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\ENScript.exe" showNotes /q "notebook:""Work Instructions""


Search Tag: Multi-word

A multi-word tag named "My Tag":

<span></span>"C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\ENScript.exe" showNotes /q "tag:\"My Tag\""


Search Multi-word Tag within Multi-word Notebook

All notes in "Work Instructions" notebook with the tag "Evernote Tutorials":

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\ENScript.exe" showNotes /q "notebook:""Work Instructions"" tag:\" Evernote Tutorials \""


For more on Evernote Search Syntax, check out these articles articles:

Using Evernote's advanced search syntax


Search Grammar

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