Evernote is my favourite web clipping tool. I use it on both my home computer and office computer.
What does Evernote do?
Evernote allows you to bookmark your favourite websites into an online store.
The beauty of bookmarking sites is they are location-independent, which means you can reach your documents and bookmarks from anywhere in the world, with only a computer and ain internet connection.
There are two parts to using Evernote:
- the browser addon
- the online store
The online store
I have written a post on creating an Evernote account. I recommend you read it first. Evernote calls the online store “notebook”. You have by default one notebook. But you can later add many others.
Once you complete the registration process, you need to install the Evernote Web Clipper addon into your browser.
The browser addon
Whether you use Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome, there is an instance of Evernote for each web browser.
You don’t need to do my mistake and manually search for Evernote Web Clipper for every browser I have, on my computer. Simply go to the following link and it will automatically detect what browser you are using.
For example, if you are using Firefox, the link will detect that and will suggest you to download the Web Clipper for Firefox:
Once you have Installed the addon (just like any other Firefox addon). You will notice a small elephant icon on the upper right of the browser:
Adding a web page to Evernote
The purpose of Evernote is to add a currently opened webpage to your Evernote notebook. Let’s assume you like icecream and you have just found out a nice recipe:
To save it to your notebook, click on the Web Clipper
As you will see, there are many clipping modes: Article, Simplified Article, Full Page, Bookmark, Screenshot.
Each mode is demonstrated in the following figures.
This mode allows you to capture only the center article. It will include all theme colors and layouts.
Simplified Article mode
This is my favourite mode. I usually want the content without side advertisements or links. This mode is characterized by a grey background and black text. It’s almost like reading from a Kindle.
Full page mode
In this mode you get the full page, including fonts, layouts and colors. This mode is useful if you want to preserve erverything on the page.
This mode allows you to only save the bookmark and is the fastest clipping mode.
I rarely use it. But it may be useful if you need to capture a specific part of the page.
I hope now you have a good idea on the different clipping modes.
You have some Evernote Web Clipper tricks? Please share them below!