Evernote Improves PDF Display

Evernote Improves PDF Display

As much as I like Evernote there is one thing that has always been a bit annoying: when you bring up a note that contains a PDF, it displays it inline. What do I mean by that? Here’s a screenshot:

Evernote PDF Inline

As you can see, when you view the note, the contents of the PDF are displayed automatically.

If the document is a one pager it is not a big problem, but if you store large PDFs in a note, it can be a pain having to load the whole thing. Also, it is not as easy to get the file out if you want to send it somewhere.

Thankfully, Evernote has just released a new version of their Mac client that gives you the ability to choose how you want the PDF displayed.

If you have a PDF that is displaying inline, right-click/cmd-click and choose View As Attachment.

Evernote View As Attachment

Once you can do that, the PDF will (surprise surprise) show as an attachment:

Evernote PDF Attachment

To set it back, right click and choose View Inline.

One bonus of having the PDF as an attachment: you can click on the icon an drag it out of Evernote like so:

Drag PDF

(Special gold star for anyone that can identify the painting on my wallpaper based on that screenshot)

If you want to control the default behavior of all this, go to Evernote > Preferences > Clipping and you will see the dropdown to change the default:

Evernote Default Clipping

All in all, a handy update for those using Evernote to store documents.

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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fxgeorges - February 20, 2011 Reply

It would be nice to have an easy way to create a list of active projects and contexts. I’d like to use this feature but I can never remember all my project/contexts when I’m in Evernote. Same is true for when I email to Nozbe. Suggestions?

    Brooks Duncan
    Brooks Duncan - February 22, 2011 Reply

    Hmm good question. I guess it would depend on how the projects/context are represented in Evernote. Are you using tags for that?

peter.bravado - February 17, 2011 Reply

been waiting for this for a long time. much better.

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