The other day I stumbled on a tip about Evernote. It was a snippet of information in a bigger post on the Evernote blog so I saved it to Evernote (obviously) to take a look at later.

The tip was that Ctrl-Cmd-B in Evernote (on the Mac) will format a body of text as source code. While I’m not in the habit of using Evernote to store code, not even snippets of code (that’s something far better served by Gist), it seemed like something worth committing to memory.

This morning, while finally in front of a suitable machine, I took a look. Sure enough, there’s the menu option.

Code formatting menu option

Handy! So I created a test note with some code in it so that I could see how it formatted it. I was curious to see if it just did simple fixed text or if it offered options to highlight various languages (I didn’t hold out much hope for the latter, but it was worth a look).

That’s when it got odd.

After I created a note and went to format some code, the menu option disappeared!

Lack of code formatting menu option

From what I can tell, once it’s gone, there’s no way to get it back. At least, not until you actually close down Evernote and start it up again.

Frustratingly, none of this is the case in the Windows version. While the key combination is different there, the menu option is available and stays available.

The version of Evernote I have (on my iMac and my Macbook) is 6.9.2. The version number on Windows is 6.4.2 (after checking for updates – I’m going to guess that the Mac and Windows version numbers don’t match on purpose).

Goodness knows what’s going on here. All I can imagine is that it has something to do with a thread I found on Evernote’s support forum that suggests that code block formatting is some sort of test/beta feature and can only be enabled via a settings option that isn’t available via the version downloaded from the Apple App Store.

So, at some point, I guess I’m going to have to uninstall Evernote from the Macbook and the iMac, reinstall from the Evernote website itself, and try this again. All of which seems a bit silly when the menu option is there and visible when I run Evernote up!

Edit to add: Sure enough, removing the App Store version and installing the version from Evernote’s own website, and then going into preferences and enabling the option, sorted it. It’s still really odd they’d promote the facility via the blog and not mention it, and also very odd that the option would always show until the first time you’re in a position to use it, and then it’d disappear.