How To Get the Most Out of Evernote Clipper

Published on June 17, 2015

If you're like us at Geek Chicago, you're already nuts about Evernote. We've written about this clever and efficient note-taking app in the past and consider it a part of the Geek Chicago lifestyle. But, if you're using Evernote without the Evernote Web Clipper, you're driving a Ferrari at 10 MPH. 

Evernote Web Clipper wants you to think of the Internet as a salad bar. Imagine that your notebooks are stacks of plates and that the endless stretch of web is a never-ending array of veggies. When you normally go through the line, stuff runs together-- The tomatoes start to taste like the pickles, the cottage cheese runs into the romaine. Not everything stays in the tongs; not everything lands neatly on your plate. It can get messy, just like Evernote when you don't take the time to get to know its features. 

In that light, get to know the Evernote Web Clipper. As you could probably guess, this feature's main function is to clip or capture from web sources.  Something special about Clipper, however, is its five different methods of clipping and annotation abilities. It's easy to implement the Clipper into your digital organization! 

How To Use the Evernote Web Clipper

Let's say you're reading an online article and decide that you'd like to store it on Evernote. Once you install Clipper from the Evernote website, a small elephant icon will appear in the corner of your browser. Navigate to the page or information that you want to capture and give that elephant a click. Clipper will pop up with a menu providing the choice to save a full article, a simplified article, the full page, a bookmark, or a screenshot.

Though Clipper will save a full article by default, saving the page as a simplified article will keep only text and embedded images in your notebook. The full article saves the whole enchilada, ads, images, and all, while the bookmark function saves the link back to the website. The screenshot option allows you adjust the size of the image you're saving, making it useful for picking up small passages and pictures. Then, you save the content to Evernote through the menu, where you can annotate, store, and share it from anywhere. You can even distribute your findings directly to social media! 

You can check out the trailer for the Evernote Web Clipper right here