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)
Evernote Web Clipper Source URLs Visible as Tags in OneNote
- Export notes as .ENEX file.
- Open .ENEX file with text editor.
- Replace all "<source-url>" with "<tag>".
- Replace all "</source-url>" with </tag>".
- Save file and import to OneNote via the Evernote-to-OneNote Import Application.
- View Evernote notes in OneNote and confirm that automatically generated Evernote Web Clipper source URLs are visible as tags.
"You've used more than 95% of your monthly upload space..."
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)...
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.
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"...
Choose "Select All" from the "Edit" drop-down Menu
Multiple Notes Should Appear in Right Side-Panel...
Click "File" (top left)
After Selecting "Export Notes", this Box Should Appear in the Middle of Your Screen
Find the .ENEX file Saved on Your Computer
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
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.
Further Instruction to using the Find-and-Replace Function
- Press the "command" key and the "f" key simultaneously; the Find box should appear at the top of your text editor window.
- Type "<source-url>" in the "Find" box and "<tag>" in the "Replace" Box. Click "All".
- 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>".
- Click "Done".
- 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
If you are a Mac user and you see this, Please do not Install the Application
Once Installed, the Evernote-to-OneNote Importer Icon should appear in your System Applications Folder
After Opening the Importer and Agreeing to the Terms, the Importer will Automatically Search for your Evernote Notes...
After the Search is Complete, this Page will Appear. Select "Import a File Instead"...
After selecting "Choose file", a your File Navigator Window should Automatically Open
Two of my Favorite OneNote Resources...
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