Sync your local folders (former Import Folder feature)

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

Note: This feature is only available on Evernote for Mac and Evernote for Windows.

Set up a synced folder

  • Mac

    1. In Evernote, click the Settings button (gear) next to your name at the top of the left navigation menu.
    2. Go to Preferences > Sync folder.
    3. Click Connect folder to open a file picker window.
    4. Locate the folder you want to connect, and click Select.
    5. In the Sync 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.
    6. Click the More options button (three dots) to review the import settings.
    7. Click Apply changes.
  • Windows

    1. In Evernote, click the Settings button (gear) next to your name at the top of the left navigation menu.
    2. Go to Preferences > Sync folder.
    3. Click Connect folder to open a file picker window.
    4. Locate the folder you want to connect, and click Select.
    5. In the Sync Folder 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.
    6. Click the More options button (three dots) to review the import settings.
    7. Click Apply changes.

Tips:

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

Sync folder settings

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

  • Include subfolders - By default, files located in subfolders of the designated folder will not be synced to Evernote. If you want Evernote to also sync items within subfolders inside the selected synced folder, check this option.
  • Remove folder - By clicking this button, the selected folder will be removed. More details on this in the paragraph below.

Remove a synced folder

If you no longer want Evernote to connect to a folder and automatically import its content, you can remove a 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 synced 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 synced folder will break the automatic sync process. If this happens, the sync 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 sync process attempts to ignore temporary files created by scanners and other software that saves to the synced 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 a synced folder is deleted or otherwise removed, that synced folder will send imported files to your default notebook.

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