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Create Instant Evernote To Do Note

I’m a big fan of the “new note” and “paste into Evernote” global hot keys in Evernote.

Global Hotkeys in Evernote

This week I added to that the global hotkey CTRL + ALT + T to create a new To Do item from any application.

The hotkey is made in AutoHotkey (widely used freeware macro utility).

The script to add is:

send ^!n
WinWait, All Notebooks - ruudhein - Evernote
send ^!n
Sleep, 1000
send ^+C

Now, when you press CTRL + ALT + T, the script opens Evernote by “pressing” CTRL + SHIFT + N, puts the focus on the note by again pressing CTRL + SHIFT + N, waits one second to allow Evernote to prepare the new note, and then it inserts a checkbox. Now you can start writing your note :)

6 Responses to “Create Instant Evernote To Do Note”

  1. Tom Murphy Says:

    Hmmm, I have autohotkey running and added the script, reloaded autohotkey… and the CTRL + ALT + T seems to work.. but not the part that inserts a checkbox.

    What am I doing wrong?


  2. Ruud Says:

    Try setting the Sleep time higher. Let me know if that works for you.

  3. Tom Murphy Says:

    Well I’m now not sure whether the problem might have been mine all along.

    I tried raising the timer from 1000 to 5000 and all worked fine. Then I tried lowering it in increments of 100.. and got all the way down to 200.. and it still worked.

    I have now set it at 300 as a final – and all seems good. We’ll see.

    But I suspect my initial problem was either a SAVE problem.. or a RELOAD problem.. mine in any case.

    Thanks for the reply.. and for the original hotkey.


  4. Chris Says:

    Anyone have a similar solution for OS X?

  5. Brian Says:

    Another helpful autohotkey tip. To tag the note, you have to hit f2, tab, tab. This will do that for you with ctrl+t in evernote:

    #IfWinActive, All Notebooks – ruudhein – Evernote
    Send {F2}{tab}{tab}


  6. Ruud Says:

    I had one like that, mapped to the F2 in EN actually but I needed delays. Don’t know what it is but both that function and yours works sometimes yes, sometimes no.

    Thanks for adding it though!

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