3 Quick Ways to Turn a Chrome Tab Into a Notepad

Akshata Shanbhag 11-03-2016

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 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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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

Related topics: Google Chrome, Note-Taking Apps.

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  1. Anonymous
    March 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm




  2. Anonymous
    March 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

    What I would like is something that would allow me to annotate a web page directly, and have it saved, so every time I open the page, the annotations show up. Archiving would be a good option, too. Wonder if something like that exists.

    And I use Google Keep for other notes and snippets.

    • Anonymous
      March 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

      There is a Chrome extension that does exactly that. I fogot the name but it definitely exists because I used it myself.

    • Otto Vanluchene
      March 11, 2016 at 11:52 am

      diigo can do that

      • Anonymous
        March 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Aha! We'll see how diigo goes. Right now, annotations aren't working, but I may have to restart Chrome. I'm on a Mac, and maybe it won't work....

    • SkankinPenguin
      March 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      You might want to try

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Jon, I think the Chrome extension [Broken Link Removed] might help.