Create import folders

Create import folders
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Create import folders

You can save images, PDFs, and other file types from your computer by setting up import folders in Evernote. Files you place into an import folder are automatically added and synced to your Evernote account.

Note: This feature is only available in the new Evernote for Mac and new Evernote for Windows.

Set up an import folder

  • Mac

    1. In Evernote, select Evernote > Preferences > Import folders from the menu bar.
    2. Click Connect a folder to open a file picker window.
    3. Locate the folder you want to connect, and click Select.
    4. In the Import Folders window in Evernote, click the notebook name next to the folder you select. This allows you to select a notebook where your imported files will be automatically saved.
    5. Click the More options button (three dots) to review the import settings.
    6. Click Save.
  • Windows

    1. In Evernote, select Tools > Preferences > Import folders from the menu bar.
    2. Click Connect a folder to open a file picker window.
    3. Locate the folder you want to connect, and click Select.
    4. In the Import Folders window in Evernote, click the notebook name next to the folder you select. This allows you to select a notebook where your imported files will be automatically saved.
    5. Click the More options button (three dots) to review the import settings.
    6. Click Save.

Tips:

  • Name your import folder "Add to Evernote" to make it easier to recognize its purpose.
  • You can set up multiple import folders, and each one can have individual settings.
  • You can choose to include subfolders in your import folder. This option is not selected by default.

Import folder settings

Click the More options button (three dots) next to a connected folder to modify your preferences. The preferences are:

  • Remove source file - This feature is not yet available, but is coming soon. By default, files imported to Evernote via the import folder will not be deleted from your computer, and will remain in the folder unless modified by you. If you'd prefer the files to be deleted from the folder after they’ve been imported to Evernote, check this option. Once checked, files added to the folder will be imported to Evernote, deleted from the folder on your computer, and moved to your computer’s trash. Note: Files located on USB / network drives do not support the system trash and will not be moved to the trash.
  • Include subfolders - By default, files located in subfolders of the designated import folder will not be imported to Evernote. If you want Evernote to also import items within subfolders inside the selected import folder, check this option.

Remove an import folder

If you no longer want Evernote to connect to a folder and automatically import its content, you can remove an import folder. This will prevent any future uploads to Evernote, but will not remove any content that’s already been imported.

  1. Click the More options button (three dots) next to the connected folder you want to remove.
  2. Click Remove folder.
  3. Click Remove, then click Save.

Things to keep in mind

  • The first time you connect a folder, files will begin uploading to Evernote. Depending on how much content is in the folder, this may cause you to hit your monthly upload limit.
  • If a file in the import folder is edited or changed, it will be imported again and will create a new note.
  • Changing the name or location (file path) of the import folder will break the automatic import process. If this happens, the import folder window will show a red error symbol next to the broken folder. Click the red symbol to select the newly renamed or moved folder.
  • The import process attempts to ignore temporary files created by scanners and other software that saves to the import folder, but may sometimes still upload temporary files depending on how your desktop processes these files.
  • If a notebook that has been set as a destination for an import folder is deleted or otherwise removed, that import folder will send imported files to your default notebook.

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