All six of my readers will have noticed that I use Evernote a lot. And I’ve noticed, over the past few months, that my whole note repository has been slowing down.
I see it in the Windows client, in the various iOS clients I use, and even on the Evernote web application. Notes take longer to open, there’s a noticeable delay when I switch notebooks… it’s still usable, but I can imagine the whole thing creaking to a halt.
Given how central Evernote is to my life, that’s distressing.
So I finally got my act together and asked Google. And guess what: I’m not alone!
It turns out that there is a whole array of utility functions hidden in the Evernote Help menu (on the Windows client, but I imagine there’s something analogous on the Mac client). Just hold down the Ctrl key when you hit the Help menu, and here’s what you see:
I ran the highlighted options. Some took a while—Optimize Database froze up my Evernote client for a good 10 minutes, and was not very informative about what it was doing—but at the end of it, performance was noticeably snappier.
So put that on the TODO list and knock it out every month or so while Evernote gets their shit together.