Restore Evernote’s Missing Formatting Toolbar When Using Evernote’s Web App

Scenario Which Caused the Formatting Toolbar to Disappear

Recently I was editing a note using a MacMini along with the web version of Evernote. Because Evernote’s web version is the only place where you can access a note’s history. I was doing this because I’d discovered that a really important note I maintain (about where I put things) had lost almost all of it’s content!!  Using the web app I successfully found the missing content and was in the process of adding it back into the note. While I was doing this, all of a sudden (and right in front of my eyes) I watched as Safari flickered a little and the formatting toolbar was no longer there!

At first I thought that this was just a temporary or an isolated instance, so I closed that note and opened anothr one. But the formatting toolbar was still gone.

Yet, I still had formatting to do on the original note because I chose the ‘copy and paste’ method of adding the missing content back into the note.  Perhaps I wouldn’t have lost all the formatting had I not used Apple’s Note app as an intermediary for pasting. But I did. I’d pasted the missing content into the Apple Note app and then I reopened the Evernote note which was missing the content and pasted it back into its former location (after copying it from the Note app.)  But using this method messed up the formatting so I had to ‘rebold’ and ‘rebullet’ many lines of text.

This is how my screen appeared after I lost the formatting toolbar:

Evernote Web App With Formatting Toolbar Missing

Evernote Web App With Formatting Toolbar Missing

The Fix

After spending some time with Google and reading other user’s comments in various forums I discovered a very quick fix which also highlights some very quirky behavior on Evernote’s part.

Here’s the quirky part…the formatting toolbar disappears if you’ve moved the curser up towards the top part of the note…namely, if the curser is in the field where the note’s title is entered it disappears!  If you move the curser back down into the body of the note…the text formatting toolbar reappears (see below:)

Evernote Web App With Formatting Toolbar Displayed

Evernote Web App With Formatting Toolbar Displayed

This was great news for me…but I think it’s pretty odd behavior for Evernote. I don’t know if this holds true for other web versions…like, say on Window’s computers for example. Or, if the quirky behavior is browser specific…then it might only apply for Safari users.

I’m writing this on an iPad. When Evernote completely revamped their web app recently they took away the ability to access and use the Evernote web app on mobile devices…so I can’t test this aberrant behavior out using mobile Safari. But regardless of how frequently this quirky behavior arises, I cannot for the life of me, figure out why they would have coded it to act in this manner. If anyone else knows why, please feel free to leave me a comment below!

About vsajewel

Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouTube channel which I use to better illustrate some of the 'how to's' in my posts. I love everything about technology. Currently, my main interests/platforms are ios, Windows and Amazon Echo. Recently I decided we were spending way too much money with our local cable provider. So I decided to cut the cord. There is a definite learning curve, especially the antennae part, but we successfully did that and are now saving a boatload of money, so I write some about that. I also am extremely conscientious about security because of an event my family endured , so I write a lot about that too. Two sub-categories of security I tend to focus on are the password manager Dashlane and Hardware Firewalls. Last, I take a lot of notes and have been a beta tester for Evernote for many years. I love Evernote! In recent years Apple has beefed up Apple Notes a lot...so it’s become a fairly serious note contender...as long as its OK if you lose or mess up all your Apple note data. I write about those 2 note platforms primarily.
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