Create import folders in Evernote for Windows

Create import folders in Evernote for Windows
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Create import folders in Evernote for Windows

Evernote for Windows lets you save images, PDFs, and other document files to your account through import folders on your computer. Any file you place into an import folder is automatically added to your Evernote account.

Set up import folders

  1. Create a new folder somewhere on your Windows PC. For example, in your 'Documents' folder. Tip: Rename it 'Add to Evernote' to make it easier to recognize its purpose.
  2. In Evernote, select Tools > import folders... from the menu bar. Click Add to create a new import folder.
  3. In the 'Browser For Folder' dialog, locate the 'Add to Evernote' folder you just created and click OK. The folder should appear in the import folders list along with a few other options.
  4. If you want Evernote to also import items within subfolders inside the 'Add to Evernote' folder, click No in the 'Subfolders' column, then select Yes from the drop down list.
  5. If you would like to place your imported contents into another notebook, click on the name of the current notebook and select a different notebook from the dropdown list.
  6. By default, Evernote will keep (not delete) items that it imports from import folders. If you'd like files to be deleted from the 'Add to Evernote' folder after they're imported into Evernote, click Keep in the 'Source' column, then select Delete from the dropdown list.
  7. Select OK

Note: This feature is not yet available in the new Evernote for Windows.


  • You can only place one level of subfolders within your import folders. Items in additional levels of subfolders are not uploaded to your Evernote account.
  • Evernote lets you create multiple import folders, so if you want certain types of content to be added to different notebooks, create separate import folders.
  • You may experience unexpected behavior (for example, repeated imports of the same file) if you run automatic backup or anti-virus software. For best results, configure your backup software and anti-virus applications to ignore any import folders you've created.
  • Evernote does not support adding an import folder that syncs with 3rd party services. This includes, but is not limited to: Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box.



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