Evernote Web Clipper allows you to save anything you see online, including text, links and images, into your Evernote account with a single click. The web page is saved forever in your computer, even if the original later disappears from the Web. You can clip webpages to Evernote and read them later on any device you use, including desktop computers, laptop computers, iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.
Since Evernote is a cloud-based application, the clipped web pages are available to you wherever you are: at home, at a genealogy conference, at a library or archive, or even when on an airplane. All you need is an Internet connection to save or retrieve web pages.
NOTE: I rode from Las Vegas to Orlando yesterday on Southwest Airlines and used the Internet all the way, thanks to the airborne wi-fi network. Computer users no longer need to be isolated from the rest of the world when flying.Of course, you will need an Evernote account. I would suggest that all computer users, and especially computer-using genealogists, should be using Evernote. It is a great tool. You can read my earlier articles about using Evernote for genealogy at if you start at http://goo.gl/4qLJ8.
The Evernote Web Clipper is an easily-installed extension for your present web browser that makes it quick and easy to store just about anything you find on the web as a note in your Evernote account. Information to be stored can include selected text, images, articles, and even entire webpages. Many of us have used web browser bookmarks for years to link to information found on the Web. However, a typical web bookmark will simply point to a website, which may change or be deleted over time. In contrast, Evernote Web Clips are permanent snapshots of a webpage that preserve navigation, text, images and links, and are always fully searchable and available on all your devices anytime you need them. Even if the web page changes in the future, Evernote will allow you to read what was on that page at the moment you took the "snapshot."
Evernote Web Clipper is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. You can also bookmark a special link on other browsers. Users of handheld Apple or Android computers may also find Web Clippers for Evernote in the App Store. Go to the App Store and search for "Evernote Web Clipper."
Once you encounter a web page you wish to save, simply click on the Evernote Web Clipper button in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. If you use a different web browser, such as on a handheld device, you will need to open the bookmark you saved previously that points to the Web Clipper functionality.
A preview will be displayed with the portion of the page that will be captured outlined in yellow and the rest of the page darkened. You can then save whatever you wish. The following Web Clip types are available:
- Save Article: This option automatically detects the main body or story of a blog, news article, or webpage. To modify the area of the webpage captured, use the arrow keys on your keyboard, according to the on-screen instructions.
- Save Selection: Select some text and/or pictures in a webpage and store only that content into a note. This option is only available if you select a portion of the page before opening the Evernote Web Clipper.
- Save Full Page: This option saves a static copy of the entire page with all navigation, headers, footers and images. This is a good option if you want to refer back to the exact look of the web page or if no article is detected automatically.
- Save URL: This saves just the URL of a note. This is useful in cases where you always want to see the most recent content on that page.
- Save PDF: This option will appear if a PDF document is currently open in your browser, and will save the entire PDF document as an attachment to a new note in your Evernote account.
- Title: The title of the new note that will created once the Web Clip is saved to your Evernote account. To make clipping content from the Web faster and easier, the title of the webpage being clipped is placed here automatically, but you can change it to anything you like.
- Notebook: The notebook where this Web Clip will be stored. Evernote's Smart Filing feature will attempt to predict and pre-select the most likely Notebook based upon how you have organized similar notes in your Evernote account. You can select a different notebook by clicking the pull-down menu, which will display all of the notebook in your Evernote account.
- Add Tags: Any tag(s) you want assigned to the Web Clip in your Evernote account. Type the name of a new or pre-existing tag. You can also assign multiple tags by separated each with a comma. As you type, Evernote Web Clipper will suggest tags that are assigned to other notes in your Evernote account. These suggestions can be clicked at any time to assign them to your Web Clip. To remove an individual tag, click the X next to the name. To remove all tags, click the X button at the far right end of the Tags field.
- Add Comment: Any additional description or text that will help you remember your notes or thoughts about this Web Clip. This field is not available in Internet Explorer.
As with all documents saved in Evernote, you should be able to find any document within seconds at any time in the future. All text information can be searched and Evernote will even perform OCR translations on images. All information is stored online, in the cloud, so your information is backed up and safe at all times.
Not only do I save information in Evernote about ancestors, I also use Evernote to save recipes, my shopping list, scanned images of insurance policies, prescriptions, the size of my house's windows (I am looking for new curtains), the date of my automobile's last oil change, and much, much more. All these documents can be found within seconds by using Evernote's superb built-in search software. This is a great convenience when in a store or some other location away from your desktop computer. Information saved in Evernote is available anyplace a wireless connection is available.
If you have something that you would like to keep private, away from on-line snoops, Evernote also offers encryption on individual notes. You may quickly encrypt part or all of any notes you wish. Once information in Evernote is encrypted, no one, not even the Evernote employees, can decode the information you are protecting. Make sure you never lose the encryption key (password) however! If you lose it, not even the Evernote employees can retrieve it. If you cannot remember the encryption key, your data will remain locked up forever.
I probably encrypt about 2% of the data I store on Evernote. I feel that encryption isn't necessary for non-sensitive data, such as recipes or a photograph of my great-great-grandfather. However, I do encrypt the more sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, prescriptions, and even my insurance documents. I rarely encrypt snapshots of web pages. After all, the information came from a web site that is already visible to everyone. Why would I want to make my copy private? However, the option is always there, should I wish to use it.
Evernote and the Evernote Web Clipper for desktop and laptop computers are available free of charge for modest amounts of data storage and for reasonable prices if you are storing the digital equivalent of a four-drawer filing cabinet of information. The third-party web clippers for Android and Apple devices vary; some are free while others may cost two or three dollars.
Try it. I think you will like it.
More information about the Evernote Web Clipper can be found at http://evernote.com/webclipper/ while information about Evernote's many other services may be found at http://www.evernote.com.