How to use Evernote for Slack
With Evernote for Slack, teams can seamlessly share important notes and move their ideas and conversations directly into Evernote—all without leaving Slack.
Add Evernote to your Slack workspace
To add Evernote to your Slack workspace:
- Go to evernote.com/slack
- Click Connect with Slack
- Follow the screens to authorize Evernote for Slack to access your account
Once you’ve connected your accounts, open Slack to view a welcome message with helpful hints from Evernote.
With Evernote for Slack, you can post shared note links, private note links, and even note URLs from the address bar of your web client in Slack. Evernote will render the note title, link, and formatted content as a message attachment (commonly referred to as link unfurling). For public links, unfurling happens automatically. For private links, Evernote for Slack will show you a private preview of the note content and give you the ability to post the content by clicking the "Post here" button.
There are three slash commands in Evernote for Slack:
- /note to create quick notes in Evernote
- /clip to save Slack messages to Evernote
- /find to search for and share notes from Evernote
All three commands can be used in public channels, private channels, shared channels, 1:1 direct messages, and multi-user direct messages.
The /note command allows you to write quick notes to yourself in Evernote without leaving the conversation. A note will be created in your default notebook and each time you use the /note command, the text will be added to the end of this note. In Evernote, you may edit the note, rename it, move it to another notebook, or delete it when you no longer need it. If the note is deleted, a new note will be created the next time you use the /note command.
- /note Update the agenda to include a quick survey — Evernote will create a quick note that reads, “Update the agenda to include a quick survey”
The /clip command allows you to capture your conversation history in Evernote. You can specify a date or date range, or a specific message, and Evernote will save the messages.
- /clip since yesterday — Evernote will create a new note with all messages and attachments since yesterday
- /clip june — Evernote will create a new note with all messages and attachments in the most recent month of June
- /clip 2016 — Evernote will create a new note with all messages in 2016
- /clip starred since 2017-06-25 — Evernote will create a new note with all starred messages since June 25, 2017
- /clip https://myteam.slack.com/archives/C12345678/p123456789 — Evernote will create a new note with the specified message
- /clip since https://myteam.slack.com/archives/C12345678/p123456789 — Evernote will create a new note with all messages starting from the specified one
- Clipping several messages, such as an entire month’s worth of conversation, may take some time.
- To find a specific message’s link, hover over the message, click the message actions button (three dots), then click Copy link. You can then paste the link after the /clip command.
The /find command searches your notes. To use the /find command, type your search word or phrase after /find. Once you find the note you’re looking for, you can choose to post the note content in that channel or message by clicking the “Post here” button below each search result.
- /find presentation — Evernote will search and show up to 3 of the most relevant notes containing “presentation” in the title or body
- /find “john doe” — Evernote will search and show up to 3 of the most relevant notes containing “john doe” in the title or body
- /find intitle:contract — Evernote will search and show up to 3 of the most relevant notes containing “contract” in the title
Keep in mind when posting: some content might be confidential and not intended for the entire audience of a particular Slack channel.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what words I can use with Evernote commands?
Type any slash command in a channel or message to view a help sheet. You can type any of the following:
Do I have to change individual note permissions in Evernote before I can share a note in Slack?
No. When posting a note in Slack using the /find command, we will include its full content (up to 4,000 characters) and attach the largest image, when available. If you want someone on your team to view the original note, you can share the note with specific permissions in Evernote.
Why aren’t my note’s tables and/or formatting showing up when I post a message using the /find command?
Tables and text formatting are not supported in Slack. We attempt to preserve as much formatting as possible within Slack’s capabilities.
Can you connect both a personal and a business Evernote account?
You can only connect one Evernote account (either personal or business) with one Slack account. If you have an Evernote Business account created before September 15, 2017, you will be given the option to choose between personal and business. This choice will determine which notes and notebooks are searched using the /find command. You cannot switch back and forth between personal and business without going through the account connection process again.
Where do quick notes and saved conversations go? Can I save a clip to a specific notebook?
Quick notes and saved conversations are saved to your default notebook. You can move them to any notebook you’d like from within Evernote. Note that if you have an Evernote Business account that was created before September 15, 2017, your default notebook is a personal notebook.
How do I remove my Evernote account from Slack?
To disconnect and remove your Evernote account from your Slack workspace:
- Go to the Evernote for Slack 'Settings' page and remove your configuration from the user list (Tip: Ctrl+F or Cmd+F to find your name on the page quickly)
- Go to the ‘Applications’ page of your Evernote account settings and revoke access to all instances of Evernote for Slack (Note: There may be multiple entries of Evernote for Slack, depending on how many times you went through the connection flow)
How do I change the Evernote account that’s linked to Slack?
Open the Evernote app in Slack (Click Apps in your sidebar, then search for Evernote) and scroll up to the welcome message. At the bottom of the welcome message, click the link that says, “Wrong account? Link accounts again.”
Why did I received a message that says Slack no longer has permission to access my Evernote account?
The authorization to your Evernote account may have expired. If this happens, you’ll receive a message from Slack stating that you need to link your Evernote and Slack accounts again. Click the link to renew your permissions.
What permissions does Evernote require?
Evernote requires several permissions from your Slack account to perform various tasks, which are outlined when you authorize the connection between your Evernote and Slack accounts. Visit Evernote for Slack App Permissions to review detailed descriptions of any permissions that may be required.