Microsoft Outlook lets you export your notes, but your file type choices are pretty limited. The same can be said for Evernote’s import feature, which only handles its own export files or Microsoft OneNote 2007 or newer. Thankfully, a gent named Richard was kind enough to point us toward a script he created to make moving notes from Outlook to Evernote as easy as possible.
Download his outlook2evernote ZIP file and run the included VBS. A command prompt window will open, and you’ll be prompted to allow access to Outlook — which you’ll want to grant, of course. When the script has completed, an Evernote-ready .enex file will be waiting for you in your Documents folder. All that’s left is to hit File > Import in Evernote and you’ve migrated your Outlook notes.
Richard’s script also preserves timestamps and trims the first line of any note which matches the subject. It’s a handy little script, and it just works.
This program (for Microsoft Windows) will export all text notes from within Microsoft Outlook into a file that can be imported into the Evernoteservice via their desktop application.
This program has the following features:
- Easy to use, there are no configuration settings to change.
- Automatically removes the first line of the note if it matches the subject.
- Automatically cleans up the note should it contain trailing newlines.
- Ensures that the created time and the last modified time of each note is preserved.
- Preserves ‘special’ characters often created by programs such as Microsoft Word.
- Ignores unprintable characters and converts tabs (which aren’t supported by Evernote) into spaces.
Outlook2Evernote is distributed under the GNU GPL. In short, this means you get the code absolutely free. In addition you can freely make modifications to that code and redistribute it, as long as you use the same licence. For more details about the GNU GPL see the Frequently Asked Questions.
In order to use this program you need the following:
- A computer running Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista or Windows 7.
- Microsoft Office (with some notes to export)
- Evernote for Windows (download from here)
- An account with Evernote
A small amount of knowledge about Windows and Evernote would be useful.
- The latest version is 1.3 (released 19th February 2012).
- You can downloaded it in zip format (~8k). This archive also contains full instructions.