Evernote Slow?

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:

Help Menu
Evernote Windows client Ctrl-Help

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.

4 thoughts on “Evernote Slow?

  1. Great post!. My evernote has been thrashing for ~ 1 hour so far, so it should be really snappy when it’s done.

  2. If you’ve been following my Machine thread, you’ll have seen that Evernote fills the “Information Management” niche. OneNote is another good candidate.

    The challenge with OneNote–or the major advantage of Evernote, if you want to look at it that way–is connectivity. Evernote is an open platform, and there are hundreds if not thousands of web services that connect to it, providing all kinds of opportunities for mashup and automation. OneNote has FAR less support along that dimension.

    Keep watching the Machine thread and you’ll see how I leverage that connectivity.

  3. I’ve used Evernote for several years, but not to the extent that you use the program. Since I learned about Microsoft’s OneNote, I have concentrated on this app for historical perspective. I try to use it instead of paper…not there yet, but making progress.

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