Can't Edit Imported WYSIWYG Notes in Android Client

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Joplin 2.13.11 (prod, win32)

Client ID: 7c9d3bfd87e14d9cba80ad341572591d
Sync Version: 3
Profile Version: 44
Keychain Supported: Yes

Revision: 6670f9a

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What issue do you have?

I recently migrated from Evernote, importing using the ENEX/HTML option, as documented in the Joplin FAQ. I'm using both the Windows desktop & Android mobile clients.

Viewing & editing my imported notes works fine in the Windows app. In the Android client, I can view my imported notes in WYSIWYG mode, but selecting the Edit button toggles to (what I assume is) Markdown mode. I don't see a way to toggle further to WYSIWYG mode - going back just takes me out of edit mode entirely.

This problem only occurs for imported notes - if I create a new note in either the desktop or Android client; open the new note in the Android client; then select the Edit button, it allows me to edit the new note in WYSIWYG mode (which is what I always want to do).

Some of my imported notes include bulleted items or numbered lists, but other imported notes are plain text only - the problem occurs for all of the imported notes regardless of the formatting.

Is there a way to resolve this issue without re-importing everything from Evernote? [which I really want to avoid for a variety of reasons].


I'm guessing either they were imported as html rather than markdown or contain elements that have been marked for "no-convert". What option did you use to import from ENEX?

Thanks for the reply. I used ENEX-HTML, which seemed like the recommended strategy based on my reading of the Joplin FAQ. What method should I have used, that would have prevented this issue?

It is ENEX or HTML and the preferred way to import is to use ENEX-files (Importing and exporting | Joplin):

„To import Evernote data, first export your Evernote notebooks to ENEX files as described here.“

If you did it with html-files, just give enex a try. you can test it by exporting/importing a single note as enex and sync it to your android device before importing the whole database.

Thanks for the suggestion. I appear to have solved the problem (sort of), although frustratingly I'm not sure exactly what I did wrong. To clarify my earlier response, I originally did the Evernote export to ENEX (see attached screen shot), and then used the Joplin "ENEX - Evernote Export File (as HTML)" import option.

Evernote Export

I just did this again (I believe in exactly the same way I did the first export/import a few weeks ago), and this time I'm able to edit the notes in WYSIWYG mode in the Android client in the way I expected.

Unfortunately, I have edited many of my notes since I did the original export a few weeks ago, so now I need to recreate all of those edited notes into new ones that are editable in the Android client.

In any event, thanks for the insights.

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When you do this it will preserve all of the Evernote formatting at the cost of it being easily editable as it stores the data as html. If you plan to edit that note then you probably want to import it as markdown instead.


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