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Contextual Evernote Search Service for Snow Leopard

Installed Services appear at the bottom of your Contextual Menu

Installed Services appear at the bottom of your Contextual Menu

Updated On September 30, 2010

Here is a fun one for all you Snow Leopard users — a service which, with a simple mouse click, lets you highlight any text and search through all your Evernote items for it!


Just highlight a passage of text anywhere that Snow Leopard’s Services are available. Control-Click (a.k.a., “Right Click”) to get a context menu and select “Search In Evernote” to search for that highlighted passage of text  in Evernote!

When you highlight text and run the Service, Evernote will launch and a separate Evernote window of Notes will open up containing just your search results. Note — it may take a few seconds for the search results to appear so, just give it a few seconds if at first you see “0 Results”.

When I say “anywhere that Snow Leopard’s Services are available”, that means most applications on your Mac — but keep in mind that there are a few “straggler apps” where this service isn’t available. 1

One caveat — this new version of the Service doesn’t have the pop-over window and also requires Evernote Version 1.10 or above as it uses Evernote’s new AppleScript implementation. Personally, I think things work faster and cleaner this way but, if you prefer the old way, I’ve left the download button for that version of the script at the bottom of the page.

The Fine Print

(Otherwise known as “Stuff You Should Know Before Installing”)

  • I am providing the Service for the benefit of the Mac community. While it works wonderfully for me, I cannot take responsibility for any data you might lose (or if your laptop turns into a pumpkin or something…)
  • “Community” means “participation”. Please share with the rest of us how you think this service could be improved (and feel free to help someone if they don’t understand something!)

How to Install and Use

  • Download the ZIP file from the link below:

  • When unzipped, click on the installer package called “Search in Evernote Service” and follow the instructions.  The installer will copy a Service to your system Services library.

Old Version of the Service

If for some reason you’d like to download the old version of the script (with the pop-over preview window) it is here:


Found a bug?

Click Here To Submit Your Bug Report!

Interested in what other Services are available for Snow Leopard?

Click here to see the latest list!

Interested in what AppleScripts are available for Evernote?

Click here to see the latest list!

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Save Your Safari Bookmarks into Evernote with this AppleScript that Exports a List of Your Open Tabs!

Evernote user John recently posted this in the company’s Mac forum:

“I was looking for a better way to store bookmarks while I am researching something without storing the entire web page or a pdf of it. Dragging and dropping the icon from the web page URL into a note leads to a webloc file that has to be double-clicked to open, and does not work on the iPhone client. Copying and pasting the URL into a note leads to a nice link that can be single click accessed, or accessed directly in the EN client on the iPhone, which is a nice touch. I can’t see any advantage to the webloc file. Can the default behavior of the drag and drop be changed on the desktop client so that it acts like a paste of the URL? It would make much more sense than the webloc, unless I am missing something. If anyone else has ideas about how they store bookmarks while they are researching so that they can be accessed between the EN desktop and iPhone client I would love to hear it.”

How about an AppleScript to do the job?
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Search highlighted text on Amazon.com with the click of your mouse!

NEW UPDATE — February 25, 2010

Have you ever been reading about a book, movie, or an album and wanted to find it quickly on Amazon.com? Now it’s as easy as clicking your mouse with Snow Leopard!

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