How to back up (export) and restore (import) notes and notebooks

How to back up (export) and restore (import) notes and notebooks

How to back up (export) and restore (import) notes and notebooks

Evernote makes it easy to back up (export and archive) notes and notebooks that can be restored (imported) back to your Mac or Windows Desktop computer.

Back up your notes and notebooks as a way to:

  • Create regular copies of notes
  • Copy notes and notebooks from one Evernote account and import them into another account
  • Copy and save notes and notebooks from your Evernote Business account to a personal account that isn't connected to that Evernote Business

How to export (backup) notes and notebooks

Evernote makes it easy for you to back up your data using the export option. By exporting your notes as an Evernote XML (.enex) file, you can back up a single note, multiple notes, or one notebook at a time. Exporting your notes saves all your note contents and tags to the ENEX file.

To export a note(s) or a notebook, do the following:

On Windows

  1. Export a note(s): Select File > Export Note(s)
  2. Export a notebook: Right-click on a notebook and select Export Notes
  3. Select Export as file in ENEX (.enex) format from the format options box
  4. Select Options... and check the 'Tags' box

On Mac

  1. Export a note(s): Select File > Export Note(s)
  2. Export a notebook: Right-click on a notebook and select Export Notes
  3. Click the arrows on the 'Format' field and select Evernote XML format (.enex) from the drop down list
  4. Check the 'Include tags for each note' option

How to restore notes and notebooks

Import your ENEX (.enex) backup files to restore your notes and tags back into your Evernote account.

On Windows

To import a note(s) or a notebook, do the following:

  1. Select File > Import> Evernote Export Files
  2. Locate and select the ENEX (.enex) file from where it's been saved on your computer
  3. Select Open and make sure to check the 'Import note tags' box
  4. Once the 'Data import' options appear, select if you would like the imported notes to be added to a synced notebook

On Mac

  1. Select File > Import Notes...
  2. Locate and select the ENEX (.enex) file from where it's been saved on your computer
  3. Select Open and make sure to check the 'Import tags' box
  4. From the dialog window that appears after a successful import, click Yes if you would like the imported notes to be added to a synced notebook and No if not

The imported notes are automatically saved to a notebook entitled "Import {name of note or notebook}," such as "Import My Notes" or "Import Ideas Notebook." Once imported, you can move or copy to any personal or business notebook.

Note: Stacks and note links are unique to your account and can’t exist outside of your account. This means that you’ll have to re-create these after you’ve imported your notes back into your account.

More about how to organize notebooks using stacks

More about how to create note links

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