The first time I used Evernote, I found it easier to sign up to Evernote on my computer at the Evernote website and download it to my computer, so I could use it there, as needed. However, our main purpose is to learn to use Evernote on the iPad. So, also, on your iPad, go to the App store and download the Evernote app. Now, before you get started, watch the first video below. Don't worry about being overwhelmed. The first video is simply to just give you a quick view of all Evernote can do.
Evernote Introduction -

Overview Summarized-
Below then are a list of ten things that Evernote can do for you. This list is exactly copied for a website entitled "How to Get Your Stuff into Evernote":
  1. Type It. You can create a note and start typing. I find this particularly helpful for brainstorming, taking meeting notes (especially on the iPad), outlining a speech, or even—as I am doing now—writing a blog post.
  2. Email it. You can forward any email to your unique Evernote address, and it will show up in your default notebook a few seconds later. I do this several times a day. I often add additional comments to the note and tag it.
  3. Scan it. While I have gone paperless in my office, not everyone else in the world has. As a result, I still must process paper. If I determine that I need to save a copy of the letter, invoice, invitation, etc., I scan it directly into Evernote with my ScanSnap scanner. I then toss the paper into the recycling bin.
  4. Clip it. When I encounter an interesting blog post or web page, I use the Evernote extension for Chrome to clip the entire page directly into Evernote. When I do so, I can assign it to a notebook and add any relevant tags. Evernote has these extensions or add-ins available for most browsers.
  5. Paste it. Sometimes, I don’t want to save an entire email message or a web page. Perhaps I just want to save a quote, an image, or some other interesting item. No problem. I just select the text, copy it to the clipboard, and then use a keyboard shortcut to save whatever is on the clipboard to a new note.
  6. Drag it. If I have a file I want to save to Evernote, I can select it in Finder and then drag it to the Evernote icon on the dock. Evernote then creates a new note with the file attached. Note: With the free version of Evernote, you are limited to image, audio, ink, and PDF files. With the premium version, you can attach any kind of file.
  7. Print it. If you are working on a file in another program and want to save a copy in Evernote, you can select File | Printand then (at least on a Mac) “print” a PDF of the file to Evernote. Note that when you save a PDF to Evernote, it becomes fully searchable.
    Screenshot of Save PDF to Evernote
    Screenshot of Save PDF to Evernote
  8. Record it. Admittedly, I don’t use this much, but you could use this to record a note to yourself, a phone conversation, a meeting, or a lecture. (Make sure you first familiarize yourself with the laws pertaining to recording these various items.) This option is especially handy on the iPhone when you want to record an idea but aren’t in a position to type it.
  9. Photograph it. This is particularly useful with the iPhone. I use it all the time. Recently, for example, Gail and I were shopping for a couple of side chairs for my home office. We took pictures of the ones we liked and stored them in Evernote. It was the a simple matter of reviewing them when we got home. I have taken pictures of medications, license plates, and printer cartridges, etc. As an added bonus, Evernote indexes all the text in the picture.
  10. Automate It. This is a bit technical, but I found it worth the effort. You can create a new “Mac service” that allows you to right-click on a file in Finder and send it directly to Evernote. You can also create an Auto Import folder using the Mac’s “Folder Actions.” Once you set it up, any file you save or drag into that folder will be immediately added to Evernote. I didn’t know what any of this meant until I set it up, using the links I have provided. It took me about 20 minutes to do it.
Getting Started-OK, enough with the overviews. Now, with your iPad in hand, go to the computer and step through the tutorial that is provided by Evernote. Many of the directions are written for the desktop version of Evernote, but try to do them all on your iPad:

Now, as you go through the tutorial you should learn the following:
  • How to write a new note
  • How to insert a picture. On the iPad, you can go to any website and hope down on an image... then you'll get a pop-up that will allow you to either Save or Copy the image. If you Saved it, you can click on the picture icon at the top and you can select "Cameral Roll" and then click on the picture that you saved. If you just copied it, press on the main area of the note and the word Paste will pop up... click there and you'll picture will appear.
  • Notice that all your Evernote areas (the webpage version, the desktop version and your iPad version) will automatically sync every few minutes. If you notice that it hasn't yet been done, you can click on the Sync button on the desktop version... couldn't find the equivalent on the iPad.
  • Clipping sections of webpages to put on Evernote is extremely easy. Just drag across the section and then click on the little elephant that was put on your browser when you downloaded Evernote.

FAQ & assistance from Evernote -
Evernote has a wonderful section for help. If you run into problems, I strongly suggest going there first:https://support.evernote.com/ics/support/KBSplash.asp
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