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Evernote on the iPad

Note – a kind reader gave me a better recommendation to use Evernote on the iPad and the advice now appears in a new article Evernote on the iPad Revisited.

My regular readers will know that I’m a Mac user (a fan but not a fanboy) and lately, an avid user of the Evernote application. It’s no surprise that when I bought my iPad, Evernote was one of the very first apps I loaded. I find Evernote incredibly useful, an easy way to access data at my fingertip on a screen much easier to read than either the iPod Touch or my Blackberry. One issue that some have is trying to save a web page to Evernote while browsing. On your Mac or PC this is easy, add-ons for the browser handle this with a click. The Safari iPad browser just offers this:

Your choices while in Safari are to add it to the Safari Bookmarks, add an icon to the home screen or email the link. Of course you can email the link to your Evernote account which is easy, but a two step process. I recently discovered what I think is an easier method. Take a look:

If you first set up an Evernote note which links to Google (i.e. just add a note with http://www.google.com to your first Evernote notebook) now when you go to Google this way, you are not in Safari, and you can see the top search bar is gone, we are in Evernote’s own browser. What you gain is that lower bar, arrows for prior or next screen, reload, but most important, the new choices:

You are still able to email the link, or open in Safari, but most important, you can save the page to Evernote directly.Now, for the final image:

I can now continue my search, saving the screenshots I want, but easily going back to the search screen, via that left arrow, all the while staying within the convenient Evernote browser. I was searching for a way to do this for some time, and until I discovered this process, saving from the iPad was a multistep process. Of course you can use whichever search engine you wish, the process is the same. If you pass this tip on, please let people know you heard it here first.


  • Roshawn @ Watson Inc June 9, 2010, 12:12 pm

    Huge fan of Evernote but not of apple. I hope Evernote comes out with a good Palm app though. Regards,


  • El Funko June 25, 2010, 8:40 am

    Better way:

    Go to Evernote and drag the “Clip to Evernote” bookmarklet to your Safari bookmark bar on your desktop. Then sync your bookmarks between your desktop and iPad/iPhone/iDevice. You can use MobileMe or iTunes to sync them…

    Then always show your bookmarks bar in Safari (option in Settings, Safari).

    Tada! You always have a way to send Safari pages to Evernote!

  • JOE June 25, 2010, 8:42 am

    I’ll give this a try and update, thanks for the tip.

  • Ward Arakawa July 10, 2010, 8:49 am

    Apple Inc never just produce gadgets; they create results that individuals can see fitting into their lives finally. As a university pupil with a bustling life, I reckon this being a very useful thing to experience.

  • Dominique January 17, 2011, 4:19 am

    great post and tip!

    Most interesting for Evernote power use is the Evernote Essentials eBook. Have a look here: http://goo.gl/AUb8b (affiliate link)

  • JOE January 17, 2011, 8:49 pm

    I appreciate your note, and honesty about the link, so I’m approving this note, link and all. Thanks for visiting.

  • Josh August 22, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Thank you so much, now I can finally save webpages on my iPad… Instead of going through google u could just paste in the URL directly in you evernote note…

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