What's the difference between a tag and a saved search?
It can be difficult to differentiate between tags and saved searches. The goal of this article is to describe the function of each and how they can be useful.
Tags are arbitrary pieces of text that can be applied to a note. For example, if I had a note that contained a soup recipe, I might assign it the tags "recipes" and "soup". Each note can have up to 100 tags or none at all. Tags are one way to categorize and organize your notes.
Saved searches are designed to offer the user the ability easily perform the same search multiple times without needing to reenter the search terms or select the required filtering options. For example, take the following search:
notebook:Recipes tag:soup chicken
If I issue this search, it will return all of my notes in the Recipes notebook that are tagged with "soup" and contain the word "chicken". If this is a search that I perform regularly, I can create a saved search, perhaps called "Chicken Soups". Now, whenever I want to perform this search, I can simply click "Chicken Soups" in my Evernote application and it will give me the same set of notes as if I'd entered the search terms manually.
Clearly, it's possible to reproduce a certain amount of the saved search functionality using tags. But, saved searches are much better for complex searches because you have the full Evernote search grammar at your disposal. Saved searches will also find all notes that match the given criteria, even those created after the saved search. Tagging is a flexible way for users to succinctly describe the information within a note and for grouping like notes together.