I love Evernote. It’s like having a junk drawer on a cart that I can wheel around with me wherever I go that comes with a personal assistant willing to rummage through it all and find just the item I’m looking any time of day or night. There are many ways to file stuff into Evernote quickly ranging from the main interfaces on PC, tablets, and phones, the excellent browser-based plugins, and the magic Evernote email address mechanism. However, one feature that is a little less well known is that of import folders. This scenario addresses the need to quickly file “things on disk” into your junk drawer for later reference. You can set up one or more folders that Evernote will monitor. As soon as a file appears in that folder, Evernote will scoop it up and file it in the appropriate notebook. It even comes with an option to delete the file once the note has been created. This is a perfect combination with a Print to PDF printer driver as you can now take a note of anything on your computer that you would print.
Updated: This functionality is only available on the Windows version of Evernote.
Enabling this feature is as easy as going to Tools->Import Folders. You specify the location of the folder on disk as well as a notebook into which files in the folder should be stored. Choose Yes for Subfolders if you want Evernote to scan child directories of the folder you specify, and choose either Keep or Delete to indicate whether Evernote should leave a copy of the file one the note has been created. It’s that easy.
Now anytime an email comes in that you’d like to file away just print it as a PDF and save the file into the appropriate directory on disk. Evernote will create a new note containing the PDF which you can reference later.