In a previous post, I described how to create note templates using Evernote for Windows. A few readers have expressed interest in having the template open in a new window similar to how you can open an empty note in a new window using the Ctrl-Alt-N keyboard shortcut.
I’ve developed a simple workaround. It’s not as elegant as the original method for several reasons:
- Instead of importing an Evernote note, the workaround simply pastes the contents of a .txt file into an empty note.
- The new note is created inside the notebook you currently have highlighted, not in the default or specified notebook
That said, here are the steps you’ll want to follow to get the workaround up and running. I’m going to leave out most of the details as they are similar to the details in the previous post on templates (if you haven’t already read that post, I suggest you do so before continuing).
1. Create the Template File
Copy and paste the note content from your template into a .txt file. Save the .txt file in the same folder as your other Evernote templates.
2. Create the Windows Batch File
Here is the batch file you’ll need. Replace the generic information with your own info:
@echo off :CONFIGURATION Set EvernoteLocation="C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote" :START cd %EvernoteLocation% Evernote /newNote clip < "C:\Users\Your Windows Username Here\Documents\Evernote Templates\Sample Template.txt" :CLEAN-UP cls exit
3. Create the AHK Script
Here is the AHK code. If you already have an existing AHK script, simply paste in the following lines of code:
; Ctrl-Alt-t -> Open Template File in New Evernote Window ^!t:: Run "C:\Users\Your Windows Username Here\Documents\Evernote Templates\Batch File From Step 2.bat" sleep 1000 Send ^v Return
I used Ctrl-Alt-t as the hot key in this example. You can update the AHK script to use any hot key that you would like to use. For more information, see here.
That’s it. As always, please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.