How to Create Notes Using Your Webcam in Evernote

In a recent update, Evernote developers included a couple of under-the-hood performance improvements as well as the ability to take snapshots using a webcam. One might question the need for webcam snapshots when the Evernote on mobile phones does this very well with built-in camera’s, but I have found it to be quite useful for taking snapshots of places and things where a phone might be too obvious or out of reach. The guide below will show you how to use this really cool feature with the latest version of Evernote.

The webcam feature is only available for users running Evernote on Windows. If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form at the end of the article.

Software/Hardware Used: Evernote 3.5.5 and a Microsoft LifeCam Cinema.


1. Open Evernote and click on the WebCam button.

Note: If the WebCam button does not appear make sure you have the latest version of Evernote and that you are running Windows. If it’s still not appearing then make sure your webcam is installed correctly and that it is plugged in prior to running Evernote. Your webcam may not be compatible with the application. Please refer to this post where the folks at Evernote talk about this limitation.


2 & 3. The Snapshot window will open. If you happen to have more than one video capture device installed make sure to use the drop-down to select the webcam you will be using.

If you happen to be staring at yourself then chances are that the correct webcam was selected.

4. when you are ready to capture the image click on the Take a Snapshot button.


5. Once the snapshot is taken you can save it by clicking on the Save to Evernote button.

A. If you’re not too happy with the picture, click on the Retake Snapshot button to capture another still.


The Snapshot window will close and the Evernote application window will appear.

6. The snapshot you took is now embedded in a new Evernote note. Add a title, tag it, and you are set.