New Editing Experience in Evernote - Beta Overview

New Editing Experience in Evernote - Beta Overview
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New Editing Experience in Evernote - Beta Overview

Screenshot of new editing experience in Evernote


We're excited to share an all-new note editor that we've been working on. The editor, currently in beta, has a more refined, streamlined, and modern appearance, and provides a foundation to build modern editor features in the future.

Some notable features include:

  • Readability. You can now adjust the note width to align with best practices for optimizing the reading experience.
  • Text styles. Custom semantic headers allow you to specify large header, small header, and other common text styles.
  • New Insert menu. Easily insert attachments, tables, code blocks, and more.
  • New to-do lists. Recognize at a glance which to-do list items need your attention.
  • Smarter paste. Struggling with getting content to match the styling of your note? We took care of that.
  • Highlighter colors. Choose from several different highlighter colors to call attention to various areas of text.

Use the beta editor

The beta editor is available using the new Evernote Web in Chrome, Safari, Opera, and Firefox.

To switch in and out of the beta experience at any time, select Beta Editor or Classic Editor in the bottom right corner of the window. We recommend you use recent versions of these web browsers: Chrome, Safari, or Opera. Note: You cannot switch out of the beta editor in Firefox.

Switch between beta editor and classic editor

Frequently Asked Questions

About the beta

What is a beta?

A beta is a pre-release version of software. This beta allows you to be one of the first to experience our all-new note editor, and provide valuable feedback that will help shape the final product. Participating in the beta is optional. You can switch back and forth between the beta editor and the classic editor at any time during the beta period. Please note that the beta is only for the note editor in Evernote Web (using a supported web browser). The note-editing experience on any other desktop or mobile client will remain the same.

How do I provide feedback?

You can pass along any feedback or bugs, and generally let us know what works for you and what doesn't, by clicking the Beta Editor badge in the bottom right corner of the window and selecting Provide Feedback....

I don't like it. How do I go back?

During the beta period, you can switch between the classic and beta editors by selecting from the bottom right corner. Keep in mind, once we are confident with the stability of the new editor, the classic editor will no longer be available in Evernote Web. In addition, the classic editor may not be available in next-generation Evernote apps.

About the editor

What is the note editor?

The note editor in Evernote is the area of the app where you add text, attachments, and other content to your note—in other words, the area where you create and edit a note.

Why are you building a new editor?

The new editor was redesigned to offer a more refined, streamlined, and modern appearance, and to create a foundation to build modern editor features in the future. It will also help us manage inconsistencies and bugs across platforms.

What features are not yet available in the new editing experience?

  • Non-PDF file attachment previews
  • Context
  • Google Drive integration
  • Presentation mode
  • Find and replace

Is my note content safe when using the new editing experience?

All of your note content is safe. However, you may notice that it looks a little different. You may also notice that some features are not fully implemented in the beta editor, such as text encryption, some file previews, etc.

What are some expected behaviors?

When switching between the classic and beta editing experiences, you may notice that certain content shifts around slightly. In particular:

  • HTML content like web clips or pasted HTML may get simplified in different ways, depending on the editor.
  • Attachments (files and images) in the middle of paragraphs and lists will be separated into new paragraphs in the beta editor.

How do I change the font?

You can select a font and a font size from the formatting bar. Additionally, you can adjust the relative size of text by selecting a heading type, such as normal text, small header, large header, etc.

How do I change the width of the white space in a note?

By default, the note body is sized to fit the window. To optimize the note body for maximum readability, click the "More options" button (3 vertical dots) in the upper right corner of the note, click Note width, then select a note width option.

How do I encrypt text in a note?

To encrypt text, use your cursor to highlight the text you want to encrypt, then hold Cmd + Shift + X (Mac) or Ctrl + Shift + X (Windows) on your keyboard. A prompt will appear for you to set your custom passphrase. Do not forget this passphrase because Evernote does not store this information anywhere.

To decrypt the text in the future, click on the encrypted text and select Reveal encrypted content.... You will be prompted to enter your passphrase. You may also permanently decrypt the text by selecting Decrypt permanently....

Please note that you can only encrypt plain text content. If your selection includes anything other than text, such as images, tables, or non-text content, you will not be able to encrypt it.