3 Quick Ways to Turn a Chrome Tab Into a Notepad

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When you’re browsing the web, it’s smart to keep a notepad ready for jotting down a few points here and there. You can get one right within a Chrome tab with the next three options.


1. This Chrome extension: Install Papier from the Chrome Web Store and put down whatever’s on your mind in a new tab.

Papier is clean and distraction free, and backs up anything you type in it to Chrome. It allows you to use keyboard shortcuts for emphasizing, underlining, italicizing, and striking through text. There’s a night mode to keep things easy on your eyes. And you get to add emojis!

2. This website: Go to a5.gg and you can start typing right away. Leave it to the website to save your content for you. It’s saved locally and you’ll find it intact even across browser sessions.

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Litewrite.net also makes a great note-taking app. It’s open source and works offline.

3. This code snippet: Copy-paste the code snippet given below into Chrome’s omnibox and hit Enter. You get a notepad right there. Be warned that you’ll lose anything you have typed when you close the tab.

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

Remember to transfer the text snippets you create in a tab to your regular text editor and save them at the end of your browsing session.

These note-taking methods are great when you want to type a short email, note down a piece of code, or copy a link you want to visit later without losing it to the jaws of your Bookmarks folder.

Do you know of any other extensions or websites to take notes in a browser tab? Let us know about them in the comments.

Image Credit: Google Chrome logo by rvlsoft via Shutterstock

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