Remove everything from any webpage – the header, the sidebar, the advertisements – except for what you want to read. Then, if you like, send the article directly to Evernote or print it, clutter free. With Evernote Clearly, an extension for Firefox and Google Chrome, this only takes a couple of clicks.
Reading makes the web go around, but some web designers make thing hard for you by going out of their way to hide content. Busy sites are hard to read from. I’ve outlined several services to unclutter the web in the past. Evernote clearly is similar to these, with one key difference – it integrates seamlessly with Evernote, the Internet’s favorite web clipping application.
Clearly is created and supported by the Evernote team, so you know it’s not just some cheap hack. In fact, I frequently find it works when Evernote’s web clipper fails.
Using Evernote Clearly
Using this plugin isn’t difficult. Go to a webpage and click the button. It will turn a page like this:
As you can see, Evernote Clearly removes everything but the article you’re trying to read. This means you can focus on doing what you came to the site to do, free from distractions (I realize the initial site wasn’t exactly filled with clutter; it’s just what I happened to be reading at the time).
Do you want to go back to the full version of the website? Just click the “back” arrow at the top-right. Do you want to send the article to Evernote, for future reference? Click the “clip” button:
This will send the article to your default notebook. I know, I wish I could choose the notebook this sends to. That’s not an option for now, but hopefully will be later.
Finally, if you’re a fan of paper, you can print the article in its newly print-friendly form. This is a great way to save on paper and ink, as only the article is printed.
This is particularly useful for pages without a “print-friendly” version.
Custom Look & Feel
Now for the fun part – choosing your theme! There are four default themes you can choose from; try them all out and discover what you’d like to use.
I disagree with Dave when it comes to dark backgrounds, so I chose the theme I think will be easiest on my eyes – white text on a black background. You can use any of these four themes, though.
Do you not like any of the default themes? Then design your own. Just head to the extension’s settings:
This could lead to some ugly results if you don’t know what you’re doing, but can also be fun to play with.
I’ve written up more than a few services that free pages of clutter, but this is my favorite for a few reasons:
- It works on Chrome and Firefox, the two browsers I switch between regularly.
- It’s fast, something a few of these extensions struggle with
- It integrates with Evernote, a service I regularly send articles to
- It comes with a variety of themes, and lets me design my own.
Do you know of a service that does these things, or other things, better than Evernote Clearly? As always, I’m ready to discuss things with you in the comments below, so feel free to leave one.