How to Use the Evernote Web Clipper


Evernote Web Clipper Ultimate Guide

Evernote is one of the best note-taking services on the market today. It’s ability to store most anything you can throw at it makes it extremely useful for users who need to ability to quickly access this data. One of the key ways to get content into Evernote is via the Evernote Web Clipper. The Evernote Web Clipper is a browser extension that allows you to capture data from web pages. While other note-taking applications offer web clippers, the Evernote Web Clipper is extremely robust in terms of functionality and customization ability.

The Evernote Web Clipper is easy to use but, at the same time, very functional. The steps to use the web clipper are listed below:

  1. Install the Evernote Web Clipper Extension
  2. Log into Evernote via the web clipper
  3. Navigate to a web page you would like to clip
  4. Click the Evernote Web Clipper extension icon in the browser
  5. Rename Web Clipping if Appropriate
  6. Select the Clip Format You Want to Use
  7. Select the Evernote Folder You Want to Save the Clip
  8. Add a tag(s) to the web clipping
  9. Add any Remarks
  10. Press “Save clip” Button to Save Clip to Evernote

The Evernote Web Clipper is great at making it simple to get web browser content into your Evernote system quickly and easily. Now that we know the steps we need to take to use the web clipper, let’s get started!

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1. Install the Evernote Web Clipper Extension

The Evernote Web Clipper is available on the following web browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer Release 7 and greater
  • Microsoft Edge (for Windows 10 or higher)
  • Firefox
  • Opera

For the purposes of this blog post, we will be using the Google Chrome extension of the Evernote Web Clipper.

Installing the Evernote Web Clipper for Google Chrome

Go to the following website:

Link to Evernote Web Clipper on Evernote website

Click on the Get Web Clipper button. Clicking the button will take you to Evernote Web Clipper extension on the Chrome web store.

Evernote Web Clipper on Chrome Web Store

Once you are on the Chrome web store page, click the Add to Chrome button to install the Evernote Web Clipper extension into Google Chrome.

Add Extension dialog box

A pop-up window will appear asking you whether you want to add the web clipper and listing the permissions the web clipper will have. Press the Add extension button to install the extension. You should receive a successful installation message popup and the Evernote logo should appear in your browser bar.

Installing the Evernote Web Clipper for Apple Safari

Go to the following website:

Link to Evernote Web Clipper on Evernote website

Adding Evenote Web Clipper to Safari

Click on the Get Web Clipper button. Clicking the button will take you to Evernote Web Clipper extension in Safari Extensions.

Click on the Install now button. The web clipper extension will install and Safari will re-route you to the Evernote Web Clipper quick start guide web page.

Installing the Evernote Web Clipper for Mozilla Firefox

Go to the following website:

Link to Evernote Web Clipper on Evernote website

Click on the Get Web Clipper button. Clicking the button will take you to Evernote Web Clipper extension in Firefox Add-ons.

Click on the Add to Firefox button.

Adding Evernote Web Clipper to Firefox

A pop-up dialog will appear asking if you want to add Evernote Web Clipper with a list of the permissions the web clipper will have. Press the Add button to install the extension.

Click “Add” to add Evernote Web Clipper

After clicking the Add button, you should see a pop-up dialog box stating that Evernote Web Clipper has been added to Firefox. Press the Okay, Go It button to complete installation.

Installation successful

2. Log into Evernote via the Web Clipper

Once you have installed the web clipper extension, click on the Evernote Web Clipper icon in the browser bar.

Evernote Web Clipper Login Screen

Given you are logging into the web clipper for the first time, you will likely need to log into your Evernote account in order to use the web clipper. A login pop-up window will appear. Login using your Evernote credentials. Once you are logged in, the web clipping window should appear. This indicates you are logged in and ready to clip.

3. Navigate to a Web Page You Would Like to Clip

Now that we are logged into the web clipper, we are ready to clip a webpage. Navigate to a web page that has content you want to clip in your web browser.

4. Click the Evernote Web Clipper extension icon in the browser

Evernote Web Clipper icon

Once you found the web content you want to clip, press the Evernote Web Clipper button in the browser bar. This will bring up the web clipper clipping options pop-up menu.

5. Rename Web Clipping if Appropriate

You can edit the title of your web clip

The first thing you can do is change the title of your web clipping. By default, the title will be the name of the web page. To change the title of your web clipping simply click the title text box, delete the current title and type in the new title.

Edited title of clip

6. Select the Clip Format You Want to Use

The Evernote Web Clipper is very flexible. It allows you to capture web content in a variety of ways. The web clipper offers the following web capture options:

  • Article
  • Simplified Article
  • Full Page
  • Bookmark
  • Screenshot
  • Special Clip Types
  • Selection

Article Clip Format

The article option detects the main part of the web page, blog post or news article. The formatting is preserved from the web page (at least the best that Evernote can in replicating it).

While the web clipper does a great job of determining the core content you want to clip in article mode, the web clipper allows you to expand or contract content capture window.

full article

To expand or contract the web capture window, do the following:

full article in Evernote
  1. Click the Evernote Web Clipper button in the browser bar
  2. Select Article for the clip format, a green rectangle with + and buttons on the top
  3. Click the + button to expand the capture area or the button to contract it
  4. Press the Save clip button in the web clipper pop-up window to save the clip to Evernote
Clip successful

The article will appear in Evernote.

Simplified Article Clip Format

Simplified article format

If you want to optimize your web clipping for reading by removing all unnecessary formatting then the simplified article clip format is the one for you. Simplified article strips away all the existing formatting, making the content easier to read.

Full Page Clip Format

Select “Full Page”

Full page is exactly what it sounds like. It saves a static copy of the entire webpage. This mode is good for web designers who might want to capture and markup a web page’s design elements.

Output of Full Page clip format

Bookmark Clip Format

Select Bookmark in web clipper

If you just want to capture a bookmark of the web site, you can use the bookmark format to grab the link, a thumbnail of the site and a text snippet.

Output of bookmark clip format in Evernote

Screenshot Clip Format

The screenshot clip format allows you to capture all or a portion of your browser content window.

Screen capture in Evernote Web Clipper

Once you select screenshot mode, your browser window will look like this:

Click and drag to select the area you would like to screenshot. Release the mouse button and the area will be selected and the annotation options will appear in the web clipper menu.

annotations menu

Annotations in Evernote Web Clipper

Once you have taken your screenshot, the Evernote Web Clipper UI will change and the annotation options will appear.

The annotation menu provides a group of tools you can use to markup the web clipping. Enclosed below is a list of the annotation tools:

  • Highlighter
  • Shapes
  • Marker
  • Crop Tool
  • Zoom Out
  • Stickers
  • Text tool
  • Pixelate
  • Colors
  • Zoom In

Highlighter in Evernote Web Clipper

The highlighter tool allows you to highlight a section of the web clipping. To use the highlighter, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the Highlighter tool
  4. Click and drag over area you want to highlight
  5. Once done highlighting, click Save clip to save web clipping with highlights to Evernote

Shapes in Evernote Web Clipper

Shapes is the next tool and it allows you to draw shapes onto the web clipping area. There are five shapes available in the Shapes tool:

  • Pointer Arrow
  • Rectangle
  • Rounded Rectangle
  • Oval
  • Line

To use the shapes tool, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the Shapes tool
  4. Select the shape you want to use
  5. Click and drag the shape where you want it to go and then release the mouse button
  6. Once done creating your shape, click Save clip to save web clipping with the shape(s) to Evernote

Marker Tool in Evernote Web Clipper

The marker tool allows you to write or draw in marker on the web clipping. To use the marker tool, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the Marker tool
  4. Using your mouse, draw or write on the web clipping and then release the mouse button
  5. Once done, click Save clip to save the web clipping to Evernote

Crop Tool in Evernote Web Clipper

Crop Tool in Evernote Web Clipper

The Crop Tool allows you to crop the web clipping once you have taken it. To use the crop tool, do the following:

Cropping the web clipping
  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the Crop tool
  4. A box will appear along with a vertical and horizontal line. Click and drag to select the area you want to crop
  5. Release the mouse button
  6. Click Save clip to save the cropped web clipping

Zoom Out in Evernote Web Clipper

Zoom out

To zoom out of the web clipping, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the Zoom Out tool (-)

Stickers in Evernote Web Clipper

Stickers button

Evernote supports the ability to add stickers to your web clippings. There are five types of stickers:

Sticker options
  • Approved (Green)
  • Rejected (Red)
  • Wow! (Orange)
  • What? (Blue)
  • Perfect (Pink)
Adding a pointer to a sticker

To add a sticker, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the sticker tool
  4. Click and drag the sticker onto the web clipping
  5. Optional – click on the sticker, a white circle should appear around the sticker. Click the blue circle to the left of the sticker to add a Pointer
  6. Optional – double-click inside the text box to the right of the sticker to change the text.
Changing the text of a sticker

Text Tool in Evernote Web Clipper

The text tool allows you to type text onto the web clipping. To add text to a web clipping, do the following:

Adding text to a web clipping
  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the text tool
  4. Click where on the web clipping you want to add text
  5. Type in the text

The Pixelate tool in Evernote Web Clipper

pixelate tool

Sometimes you need to share a screenshot but it has sensitive information in it that you want to obscure. The pixelate tool is here to help. The Pixelate tool pixelates the area you select with it.

pixelated text

To use the pixelate tool, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the pixelate tool
  4. Click and drag over the area you want to pixelate. Release the mouse button when complete

Colors tool

Color options

The colors tool simply allows you to change the color of the thing you are doing. There are 8 colors to choose from:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Black
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • White

To change the color of the tool you are currently using, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the tool you want to use
  4. Click on the color button and select the color you want
  5. Click on the web clipping and use your tool. It should be using the color you picked
blue highlighter

The Zoom In Tool in Evernote Web Clipper

Zoom in button

The last tool in the annotation menu is the zoom in tool. This tool allows you to blow up the web clipping. To use the zoom in tool, do the following:

  1. Select screenshot for clip format
  2. Click and drag section of web page you want to clip then release mouse button
  3. In the Annotation menu, select the Zoom In tool (+)
Zoomed in

Special Clip Types in Evernote Web Clipper

There are a couple of special clip types when appear when your web browser has loaded certain web pages or content types. Sites like Amazon and YouTube has special clipping capabilities.

When you attempt to clip an item on Amazon, you will be presented with a new Amazon option replacing the article option.

Amazon clip format option

The Amazon option creates a custom web clipping with the following data:

  • The title, link, star rating and price in a snippent
  • Associated images of the item
  • A Summary of the item
  • Product Description
  • Customer Reviews
Amazon clip format

The YouTube custom clip format provides the following information:

  • Video Title, URL, Creator, Views and Publish Date in a snippet
  • The video itself (embedded)
  • Video Description
YouTube clip format option
YouTube Clip Format

Gmail also has a custom clip format. To use it you must be inside an email. The clip format includes the following:

Gmail Clip Format Option
Gmail Clip Format
  • Title and Participants (from/to addresses)
  • The email body
PDF Clip Format

PDF files also have their own custom clip format. If you open a PDF file in your browser and click the Evernote Web Clipper button, PDF will replace article as a clip format. Once you have clipped the PDF to Evernote, it will show up in your Evernote as a PDF file inside a note, just like it would if you dragged a PDF file into a note.

PDF clipped in Evernote

Clipping a Selection

You can also select the text you want to clip before clicking the web clipper.

Selection clip format option

This adds the selection option to the clip format menu. To clip a selection, do the following:

View of how Evernote web clipper selects text
  1. Select what you want to clip
  2. Click the Evernote Web Clipper button
  3. Choose selection
  4. Press Add clip button to save to Evernote
Clipped text in Evernote

7. Select the Evernote Folder You Want to Save the Clip

Selecting a folder in the Web Clipper UI

Once you have your clip, you want to pick where in Evernote you want to save it. Within the web clipper menu is an organization heading with a drop-down menu of all of your folders. To pick the folder you want to save your web clipping to, simply select the folder from the drop-down menu.

8. Add a tag(s) to the web clipping

add tags text box

Tags are pieces of metadata that you can add to make your data more searchable and identifiable. Evernote supports tags. In fact, tags are a big part of the value of Evernote. The tagging functionality in Evernote extends to the web clipper. To add a tag (or tags) to your web clipping, do the following:

  1. Create your web clipping
  2. In the web clipper menu, click on the add tag text box and start typing your tags
Evernote will show tags that match your spelling

You should notice as you type in the tag that Evernote will suggest existing tags are spelled that way. You can either finishing typing the tag out or select one of the suggestions from the drop-down box.

9. Add any Remarks

Sample Remark added to Web Clipping

You can also add remarks that will appear at the top of the note that contains your web clipping. To add a remark to your web clipping, do the following:

  1. Create the clipping
  2. In the web clipper menu, click on the Add remark text box
  3. Type in your remark
  4. Click Save clip to save your clip with remark to Evernote
How the remark looks in the Evernote note

This will prepend the remark to the top of the note body.

10. Press “Save clip” Button to Save Clip to Evernote**

Once are ready to save your clip, simply press Save clip to save your clip to Evernote.

Evernote Web Clipper Settings

The settings for the Evernote Web Clipper are broken up into four sections:

Evernote Web Clipper Settings Categories
  • General
  • Shortcuts
  • Legal
  • Logs

General Settings for the Evernote Web Clipper

General Settings

The General settings contain the following sub-categories:

  • Login/Logout
  • Appearance
  • Notebook Destination
  • Tag Selection
  • Default Clip Action
  • After Clip
  • Related Results
  • PDF Page Button
  • Multi-Page Clips

Login/Logout

Allows you to log into or out of Evernote.

Appearance

Allows you to choose light or dark mode.

Notebook Destination

Notebook destination provides 3 options:

  • Use smart filing
  • Use last used notebook
  • Use

Smart filing is Evernote using some intelligence based on the contents of the web clipping to pick a notebook. Use last used notebook will pick the last notebook used by the web clipper. Use allows you to pick a default notebook. Inbox would be one example of a good default notebook. It is important to note that these settings just pick the first notebook shown. You still can change the notebook prior to saving the clip.

Tag Selection

There are two options for Tag selection:

  • Smart Filing
  • Use

Smart filing works the same way as it does for notebooks. It attempts to suggest a tag or tags based on the contents of the web clipping and its similarity to older clips. The use option allows you to hardcode tags that get assigned. Like the notebooks, you can manually change these prior to saving your clip.

Default Clip Action

Default clip action allows you to pick the default clip format for your clips. There are two settings in this section:

  • Use last used clip format
  • Use

The use last used clip format picks the last format used on the last clip you completed. The use option allows you to set a default clip format.

After Clip

After clip allows you to choose what the web clipper does after it completes clipping. There are three options in this section:

  • Show successful clip dialog
  • Show successful clip dialog without Related notes
  • Automatically close clipper

The show successful clip dialog will display a success message plus the related notes Evernote believes are related to your clipping. Show successful clip dialog without Related notes just shows the success dialog without the related notes. Automatically close clipper just closes the web clipper without any message.

Related Results

Enabling the setting Show Evernote content related to my web searches in Related results will show content Evernote believes is related to your web searches.

PDF Page Button

This setting toggles on or off whether to display the Save to Evernote button when a PDF is displayed in the web browser.

Multi-Page Clips

There is one setting in this section which is Clip all pages into a single note. This will do exactly what it says it does. It will clip all of the pages you clip into a single note. It is important to note that this could result in longer clipping times.

Shortcuts

Shortcuts

This section of the settings is all about keyboard shortcuts. You can enable or disable keyboard shortcuts and even change one of the existing keyboard shortcuts to another key combination. There are three types of keyboard shortcuts:

  • Global
  • Clip
  • Markup

There are two global keyboard shortcuts:

  • Start Web Clipper
  • Close Web Clipper or active panel

For the clip level keyboard shortcuts, Evernote has the following options:

  • Preview article
  • Preview full page
  • Preview notebook
  • Selection mode
  • Take Screenshot
  • Simplified article
  • PDF clip
  • Email clip
  • Expand article selection
  • Contract article selection
  • Move article selection up
  • Move article selection down
  • Account switch
  • Select notebook
  • Add tags
  • Save
  • Minimize web clipper

For markup keyboard shortcuts, Evernote has the following options:

  • Select all Markup objects
  • Arrow
  • Text
  • Rectangle
  • Rounded Rectangle
  • Ellipse
  • Line
  • Marker
  • Highlighter
  • Stamp
  • Pixelate
  • Crop
  • Zoom in
  • Zoom out
  • Zoom to fit
  • Zoom to 100%
  • Undo
  • Redo

Legal

Legal

The legal section is the legal language and statements around the open-source components that are used by the Evernote Web Clipper.

Logs

Logs

The Logs section is a collection of all the events that the Evernote Web Clipper logger logs.

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Summary

The Evernote Web Clipper is a powerful tool that helps you get web content into Evernote quickly and easily. The web clipper also allows you to customize the web content you are clipping in a variety of ways, even ways specific to a website or file type. The settings within the web clipper allow you to customize the behavior of the web clipper and edit the keyboard shortcuts. Overall, the web clipper is a key part of Evernote.

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