How to Configure the Side List View for Evernote on the Mac

Evernote for OSX (the Mac) recently received an update that provides us with the oft-requested vertical (or “side”) list view (I think I have been requesting it for a couple of years now). Now I can have the titles of 28 notes showing at once on an 11″ Macbook Air monitor (before I only had 8 in the Snippet view). It has a made a huge difference for my workflow, and I recommend you give it a try for yours.

list view 1

Configuring the List View

It may not be immediately obvious, but this view can be configured with different categories to suit your use case by right-clicking (a two-finger touch if you are using the trackpad in Lion or Mountain Lion) and checking the ones you want. You can also move columns around as you like by dragging and dropping them. The width of each column is adjustable. Another handy feature is that by simply tapping on the title of each column you can reverse the sort order.

list configuration

In the screenshot below, I have it configured the way that I usually use the app, with the updated date on the left, and the title extended to take up the rest of the space.

list view 2

I also have the Sidebar hidden (View > Hide Sidebar). If you miss the Sidebar, it might help to use shortcuts: Command + Option + 2 will take you to the Notebook screen and Command + Option + 3 will take you to the Tag screen.

By the way, if you find yourself in the middle of a list of notes, and you want to get to the top again, just tap on the space next to the All Notes (or notebook) title at the top of the list.

What I Would Like to See

I think there is more work to be done. Personally, I would like to see more parity among the different apps in terms of sorting. The Windows folks have the most options, while iOS users have the least.

  1. Windows has 16 sort options + reverse sort order
  2. OSX has 6 sort options + reverse sort order + grouping
  3. Android has 6 sort options with no reverse sort
  4. iOS has 3 with no reverse sort

For the views, as I mentioned when the designs for the vertical list first surfaced, I also think that it would be best to put the old horizontal view back into the app for users who prefer that for their use cases, but only the developers know how feasible these changes are for the app they have in mind. See this post on the Evernote forums for insight into the reasons for why the horizontal view was removed.

4 comments for “How to Configure the Side List View for Evernote on the Mac

  1. John Nullstream
    May 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    You don’t show the note window in your screen shots so we can’t see how wide (or narrow) it is on the tiny 11″ screen.

  2. Christopher MAYO
    May 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Hi. Thanks for commenting on my post. I have updated it with the full-screen image. I hope that gives an idea of how nice the vertical list view looks on the (not-so-tiny) 11″ screen.

  3. Scott
    May 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Chris…really appreciate the post. Very helpful as a work around for me.

    fwiw, i also disabled “Sidebar” in View so that it claimed back a bit more real estate on the screen for me.


    • Christopher MAYO
      May 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Hi Scott. Thanks for the comment. I’m glad I could help.

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