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Importing Evernote Web Clipper Source URLs Into Microsoft OneNote

Is it Possible to Import URL Links, Along with Notes, from Evernote to OneNote?

Yes, it is possible! But before I begin, I want to mention that I am an Apple user and am using the 2016 edition of Microsoft OneNote. That being said, I assume that this method can be useful to pc users as well as those running older versions of OneNote.

"link", for the purpose of this article, refers to URLs (website addresses) as opposed to Evernote-generated internal links that can be used to link two-or-more notes together.


Evernote Web Clipper Source URLs (Red box = tags; Blue box = source URL)

As-seen in Evernote

As-seen in Evernote

Evernote Web Clipper Source URLs Visible as Tags in OneNote

As seen in OneNote

As seen in OneNote

Quick Instructions

  1. Export notes as .ENEX file.
  2. Open .ENEX file with text editor.
  3. Replace all "<source-url>" with "<tag>".
  4. Replace all "</source-url>" with </tag>".
  5. Save file and import to OneNote via the Evernote-to-OneNote Import Application.
  6. View Evernote notes in OneNote and confirm that automatically generated Evernote Web Clipper source URLs are visible as tags.

Poll

"You've used more than 95% of your monthly upload space..."

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The Decision = Microsoft OneNote

To upgrade to Evernote Premium, I could either pay roughly 8$ per month of service or around 65$ per year. Being unemployed, and feeling that these rates were a little steep, I began to look around for alternatives. I quickly found Microsoft's OneNote, which is very similar to Evernote (or maybe I should say, Evernote is very similar to OneNote). As with Evernote, individual OneNote notes are organized into sections; sections are organized into notebooks. Having Microsoft 365 through my educational institution, OneNote was free to install and use. At last, more space for more notes! ;)

I chose OneNote because...

  • Onenote and Evernote have many similarities. This made the process of switching from Evernote to OneNote fairly easy.
  • Evernote notes can be easily imported into OneNote.
  • OneNote integrates with Microsoft's other applications, such as Microsoft Word.
  • Because of my school-sponsored Office 365 subscription, I did not have to purchase OneNote.
  • I can utilize up to 1TB of cloud storage via Microsoft's OneDrive, for free.
  • I can still use Evernote (and the Evernote Web Clipper). If I run out of storage, I can import my Evernote notes to OneNote then delete them from Evernote in order to create space for more notes.
  • A lot of people use OneNote (or at least have it installed); this makes note-sharing much easier.
  • I like web-based note-taking apps, especially for creative writing; however, I wanted a platform that I could use offline.

Evernote and OneNote Comparison (Potentially Biased but still Good Information)...

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The Evernote-to-Onenote Importer

Good news! There is a freely-available application (available for both windows and mac users) that makes the process of importing Evernote notes into OneNote feasible for anyone who wants to make the switch.

Download the importer here

One limitation of the Evernote-to-OneNote Importer is that, while note tags are imported along with notes to OneNote, web address sources for clipped images are not automatically viewable in OneNote after the import.

1. Export all Evernote Notes Together as a .ENEX file

Follow the steps below to create a .ENEX file containing all of your Evernote notes.

In Evernote, select "Notes"...

Select "Notes"...

Select "Notes"...

Choose "Select All" from the "Edit" drop-down Menu

From the "Edit" drop-down menu, click "Select All"...

From the "Edit" drop-down menu, click "Select All"...

Multiple Notes Should Appear in Right Side-Panel...

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Click "File" (top left)

Select "Export Notes..." from the drop-down menu.

Select "Export Notes..." from the drop-down menu.

After Selecting "Export Notes", this Box Should Appear in the Middle of Your Screen

Make sure the box "Include tags for each note" is checked and click "Save"...

Make sure the box "Include tags for each note" is checked and click "Save"...

Find the .ENEX file Saved on Your Computer

After finding the .ENEX file in the specified folder (see "Where" from previous image), right click (PC) or tap with two fingers (Mac) on the .ENEX file and select "Open With" from the menu...

After finding the .ENEX file in the specified folder (see "Where" from previous image), right click (PC) or tap with two fingers (Mac) on the .ENEX file and select "Open With" from the menu...

2. Open the .ENEX file with a Plain Text Processor

Both PC and mac users have a built-in plain text processor. If you are a mac user, open the .ENEX file with TextEdit.

The Plain Text Processor should open looking like this

A bunch of jibberish = success!

A bunch of jibberish = success!

3. Recode Source URLs as Tags within the .ENEX File

Within the .ENEX file, "<source-url>" marks the beginning of a source url and "</source-url>" marks the end. Additionally, "<tag>" marks the beginning of a tag and "</tag>" marks the end.

Use cmnd+F (mac users) to Toggle the "Find" Box at the Top of the Window.

Make sure the box "Replace" is checked, fill out  the entry boxes as they are in the image above and click "All".

Make sure the box "Replace" is checked, fill out the entry boxes as they are in the image above and click "All".

Further Instruction to using the Find-and-Replace Function

  1. Press the "command" key and the "f" key simultaneously; the Find box should appear at the top of your text editor window.
  2. Type "<source-url>" in the "Find" box and "<tag>" in the "Replace" Box. Click "All".
  3. Repeat the same actions; however, instead of "<source-url>" in the "Find" box, type "</source-url>". And, instead of "<tag>" in the "Replace" box, type "</tag>".
  4. Click "Done".
  5. Save the file before closing the plain-text editor.

4. Import the .ENEX file into OneNote using the Evernote-to-OneNote Importer

If you do not already have the importer, you can download it for free by clicking here and next by selecting "Download the importer". After the download is complete, find the application installer package the "downloads" folder on your computer. Open the installer and follow the prompts.

Look for "https://" Certificate at the Beginning the Website Address

"http" is a protocol by which data is transferred via the world-wide-web; "https" is merely an extension of this protocol. The added "s" stands for "secure" and is added to "http" when a given website has an embedded Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)...

"http" is a protocol by which data is transferred via the world-wide-web; "https" is merely an extension of this protocol. The added "s" stands for "secure" and is added to "http" when a given website has an embedded Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)...

If you are a Mac user and you see this, Please do not Install the Application

Microsoft is not "unidentified developer". If this box appears, search google for the application and re-download the application. Remember to look for "https" at the beginning of the download page web address.

Microsoft is not "unidentified developer". If this box appears, search google for the application and re-download the application. Remember to look for "https" at the beginning of the download page web address.

Once Installed, the Evernote-to-OneNote Importer Icon should appear in your System Applications Folder

I am not sure exactly what "(Preview)" means; however, I do know that with this application I successfully imported all of my Evernote notes into OneNote.

I am not sure exactly what "(Preview)" means; however, I do know that with this application I successfully imported all of my Evernote notes into OneNote.

After Opening the Importer and Agreeing to the Terms, the Importer will Automatically Search for your Evernote Notes...

This is not that important to us; as we are going to import our notes by selecting our modified .ENEX file...

This is not that important to us; as we are going to import our notes by selecting our modified .ENEX file...

After the Search is Complete, this Page will Appear. Select "Import a File Instead"...

After selecting "Import a File Instead", click on "Continue"...

After selecting "Import a File Instead", click on "Continue"...

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After selecting "Choose file", a your File Navigator Window should Automatically Open

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Two of my Favorite OneNote Resources...

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