How to use the Evernote Web Clipper

In this 10 minute tutorial, I want to show you how I use one of my favorite features of Evernote, the Web Clipper for Chrome.

Why I love the Evernote Web Clipper

I’m always finding little tidbits and articles on the Internet that I want to save. I may think the article is a great resource, or I may want to share it on social media. However, I often have a hard time finding the article again in my super long list of bookmarks.

So, I use Evernote’s Web Clipper for Chrome instead. It lets me organize the articles I find as it saves the clip to Evernote. Then, I can go back to Evernote and quickly and easily find all the articles I’ve saved.

I also use the Web Clipper to save and organize all the recipes I find online. Now, I’ve got a recipe book right inside Evernote!

How it works

First, I’ve installed the Web Clipper as a Chrome Extension. The Web Clipper is free with any free or paid Evernote account.

Second, when I find a great article on the internet, I open the Web Clipper by clicking on the Evernote Elephant Logo up on my Chrome tool bar. Once I do this, the Evernote Web Clipper window opens.

Now, I’ve got a few choices for how I want to clip the article to Evernote.

  • Article. This option copies the entire article (the content) into Evernote. The web clipper draws a green box around the content it will copy and clip for you. If you are copying a long article with lots of media, the clipping process can take a few minutes, and the clip will be a pretty large file.
  • Simplified Article.  This is the option I use the most. Evernote creates a simpler, or what I call Evernote friendly, version of the post to clip. I like this option because it copies just about all of the information I need, while also using up fewer resources. It’s pretty quick too.
  • Full Page. This choice does just what you’d think. It copies the entire page for you and adds it to Evernote.
  • Bookmark:  This choice creates a little bookmark summary for you in Evernote.
  • Screenshot: This choices just creates a simple screenshot for you. This is handy if all you want is a screenshot to share. It works pretty well!

I suggest you try out each of these options to see which one works best for you for the way you will be using the web clipper.

After you’ve made you clip, make sure to assign it to a notebook in Evernote and give it a tag. The tag is crucial! I’ve got tags for all kinds of useful information for me. For example, I’ve got a tag for recipes, post ideas, training, templates, etc. You get the idea. You can even create a new tag while you’re creating the clip.

Hit save, and watch the clipper do its magic.

Find your Clip

Now, head over to Evernote and perform a search for your tag. I recommend just using the tag as your only filter to start your search. (Hint: Perform a tag search, and not a word search.)

Now, you should have a list of all your notes marked with that tag, including the notes created from using the Web Clipper.

I love it, and I think it’s one of the features of Evernote that saves me the most time and frustration.

What’s your favorite Evernote feature?



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