Tip: Dictate an Evernote Using Siri

Although you can create an audio note in Evernote, there are times – like when you’re in the car – that just getting into a note in Evernote can be too much distraction. If you’ve got an iPhone that supports the Siri personal assistant app, you can easily dictate a note to Evernote – hands free! Here’s how.

Since Siri doesn’t include Evernote support, your Evernote account needs a bit of setup before you can use it. All Evernote users have an email address that can be used to send all kinds of things to Evernote. If that email address isn’t already included in your iPhone Contacts, do that now.

The latest updates to iOS also included a “Hey Siri” feature that is especially useful in the car. When your iPhone is plugged into a power source, just say “Hey Siri” and Siri will respond asking you what you want to do. To activate this feature go to Settings > General > Siri and turn on Allow “Hey Siri”.

Open Siri and dictate, “Send email to Evernote”. Siri will prompt you to provide a subject line. Dictate the subject for your email/note and then for the body of the message. Siri will convert your dictation to text and send it on to Evernote for you.

Take advantage of these tricks to send your note to a specific notebook and include tags. Both elements must be included in the subject line. Normally, the notebook name is preceded by an “@” when creating an email note. With Siri, dictate, “at sign” and then the notebook name. Tags are preceded with a “#”. With Siri, dictate, “pound sign” and then the tag name as part of the subject line.

belkinchargerIf you’re like me and get lots of ideas while you’re driving, this Siri/Evernote combo can be a very useful tool. This even works with older cars that aren’t as tech-friendly as the latest models. You’ll just need a charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter like this one from Belkin for about $10.


Research 101: Taking Notes with Evernote

The digital world has made note-taking a lot easier. Just about every computer and tablet sold today includes some kind or notes application. And, as users discovered the advantages of storing content online for access from just about anywhere, a new type of notes management system developed. It is called Evernote. Evernote is an amazing platform that makes it easy to capture and organize all kinds of information. With Evernote, you create an online account which becomes your notes archive. You then install the Evernote application for your computer. When you add a note using your desktop app, it’s automatically synched with your online archive. That’s just the beginning. There are also apps for your smart phone and your tablet .  A note added to one of these devices is automatically synched to all of them. This means you can have your notes within easy reach wherever you go.

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