Evernote: Web Clipping in Windows - dummies

Evernote: Web Clipping in Windows

By David E. Y. Sarna

Evernote’s clipping on a PC is the same whether you’re clipping from Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. Web clipping allows you to save notes from the web. To clip a web selection in Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that you’ve installed the clipper for your browser.

    If you don’t see it (that is, you don’t see the elephant icon on the toolbar), go to Evernote Webclipper to install it.

  2. To initiate capturing all or part of a screen to create a note, click the Web Clipper icon (the Evernote elephant) on the toolbar in your browser.

    This figure shows the resulting window.


  3. Select one of the following clipping options:

    • Article: This option automatically detects the main text of a blog, news article, or web page. To modify the area of the web page captured, click the + or – buttons onscreen or press the arrow keys on your keyboard.

    • Simplified Article: This option clears all ads, sidebars, headers, and footers from the article.

    • Full Page: This option saves a static copy of the entire page, with all navigation, headers, footers, and images. This option is a good one to choose if you want to save the exact appearance of the web page.

    • Bookmark: Choose this option to bookmark a URL, one image, and a snippet of text.

    • Screenshot: This option takes a static snapshot of your browser screen.

  4. If you chose Screenshot in Step 3, use the markup tools in the sidebar that appears (refer to this figure) to crop the image and add text, shapes, stamps, and more.


    • Highlighter: Use this tool to highlight portions of text or images. Note: This markup tool is the only markup one that works with all the clipping types.

    • Marker: Use this tool to draw or write freehand on your screen shot.

    • Shape: You should use this tool when you want to draw shapes on your clipping. The options available are arrow, line, circle, oval, and square.

    • Type: When you want to add typed content to your clipping, use this tool.

    • Stamp: This tool adds colorful little “stamps” to your clipping to help call attention to whatever you’re showcasing. The options are a heart, X, exclamation point, and check mark.

    • Pixelator: This tool blurs anything you want to hide, such as names, faces, or account numbers.

    • Colors: Yellow is the only color option for the Highlighter tool, but you can select the color you want to use for the Marker tool. Your options are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, black, and white.

    • Crop: Maybe you just want to clip a small part of the screen but you also want to draw some shapes and lines on it. Because your clipping was automatically converted to a screen shot when you chose a Markup tool, you can use the Crop tool to single out the original portion that you had your eye on.

    • Zoom Out and Zoom In: Get a closer look at your screen shot by clicking the magnifying glass with the plus (+) inside it, and get back to the normal view by clicking the magnifying glass with the minus (–) inside it.

  5. Click the notebook icon below the File heading to select the notebook where you want to save your web clipping.

    The Notebook selector box opens, listing your default Evernote notebook.

  6. (Optional) Select a different notebook, if you don’t want to use the default.

  7. (Optional) Add any desired tags and comments to your web clipping.

  8. Click the blue Share button or the green Save button.

    If you click Share, your web clipping is automatically saved to Evernote as a note (refer to this figure. The URL is automatically copied to your clipboard for sharing purposes, but you can also choose to share the note on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, or via e-mail. Click Update when you finish sharing the note, and the note syncs with Evernote.


    If you don’t want to share the note, click Save. The note syncs with Evernote.

You can click links in the note to open the web clipping in your default web browser as long as you can connect to the Internet.