June 9, 2015
How using Evernote and the Evernote Web Clipper browser add-on lets you organize your bookmarks with ease.

For whatever reason, today’s major browsers don’t come with a great way to collect and organize bookmarks from your favorite sites. Cue Evernote. If you’re not already familiar with Evernote, it’s one of the best ways to organize all of your digital files and notes. You can sync your gloriously-organized files and notes between your computer, smart phone and a web-based version of Evernote. There’s a lot more you can do with Evernote but for the sake of this article we’re going to focus on bookmarking.

Evernote Logo

If you already have Evernote, awesome! If not, start by downloading the software to all of your devices. All of their applications are free, with some premium options if you so desire. Once downloaded, create an account with Evernote.  To utilize the bookmarking feature you’ll also want to install the handy Evernote Web Clipper to your browser.

Now that you’re all set up, let’s go over how to bookmark a page. Depending on the browser you use, you’ll go about this differently. Since Chrome has a majority of users we’ll be covering how to bookmark using the Web Clipper in Chrome. After you have installed Web Clipper to Chrome you should see the Evernote icon at the top right of your browser.

Evernote Web Clipper icon

Navigate to your favorite recipe or whatever it is that you want to bookmark and click this icon. This is where the magic happens. It’s going to present you with a few options:

Evernote Web Clipper bookmark preview

If you’ve already created a notebook for specific content types like we have here with “Food Bookmarks” under the “Organize” area, Evernote will automatically select the appropriate notebook using context from the page you’re bookmarking. It’s not 100% right all of the time but the more you use it the better it gets. Whether you want to clip the whole article, simplified article, full page, bookmark or screenshot is up to you. We’ll cover those options and their differences next. To further organize your bookmarks after you’ve selected an appropriate notebook to store it in; add some tags. This will make it easier to pull up at a later date. You might not remember exactly what you’re looking for when it’s time to reference your bookmark so add as many tags as possible. You can filter your notes and and bookmarks by tags in Evernote, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. You can also search by text. (This recipe is delicious, by the way.)

Depending on your browser, your options below might very. Let’s go over the differences between the different types of web clips for Chrome:

  • Article: This captures the main content of whatever it is you’re trying to bookmark, leaving out the unrelated sections of the webpage. To modify the area of the webpage captured, press the + or - buttons on the screen or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  • Simplified article:  Using this strips all of the styling and simplifies the layout of the article, saving space and time when referencing later.
  • Full page: Just like it sounds, it essentially stores a static version of the whole webpage from top to bottom
  • Bookmark: Quick and easy, this stores a link, some of the text and an image of the webpage for reference later
  • Screenshot: Use this for a simple image of the webpage. Once you've captured the screenshot, you can crop the image and add text, shapes, stamps and more.

Once you’ve selected a notebook to save your bookmark to and added some tags, don’t forget to click the green “Save” button at the top of the window. Now your bookmark is saved and synced across your devices! Thanks, Evernote.

While writing this article we saw that the reviews for the Firefox version of Web Clipper were quite poor. Hopefully Evernote addresses these issues soon.