Getting Started with Evernote Clearly
Evernote Clearly lets you read your favorite content on the Web distraction free. A simple to use browser add-on for web browsers, Evernote Clearly removes unwanted advertisements, navigation bars, and other distractions with a single click, leaving only the content you care about in a clean, easy to read format. The Text-to-speech feature in Evernote Clearly (for Chrome and Opera) even gives you the choice to have content read back to you when your attention needs to be elsewhere.
With Evernote Clearly you can also quickly clip content directly into your Evernote account to view anywhere you have Evernote installed, giving you an uninterrupted reading experience.
Download Evernote Clearly
To download Evernote Clearly, please visit our Evernote Clearly product page, then follow the in-browser instructions to install.
Evernote Clearly is currently available for the following Web browsers:
Let's start by learning how to make reading on the Web distraction-free with Evernote Clearly.
Read Distraction Free
Evernote Clearly gives you a distraction-free view of your favorite Web content at the click of a button. From blogs, to news articles, to reference materials and more, Evernote Clearly makes text cleaner and easier to read, so that you can focus on the content you care about without the ads, navigation and other distractions you don't.
Using Evernote Clearly
To view a webpage using Evernote Clearly, simply click the Evernote Clearly icon next to the address bar in your browser window.
The main content of the webpage will be displayed free of ads, navigation and other distractions. All links, images and other media in the body of the content will be preserved and remain usable.
The Evernote Clearly Toolbar
In addition to making text clean and distraction-free, Evernote Clearly comes with a number of great additional features to improve your reading experience, including allowing you to highlight text, clip content to your Evernote account, print text, and customize text size and font.
The following tools are available in the toolbar any time you view content in Evernote Clearly:
Return to Web View: Click to exit Evernote Clearly and return the normal Web view of the current content
Web Clipper: Click to clip all of the content currently displayed in Evernote Clearly into your Evernote account. Once the content is successfully clipped, a confirmation will be displayed. To open the content in Evernote, click the Edit button in the confirmation dialog
Highlighter: Click to enable the highlighter tool, then click and drag the text you want to highlight. Highlighted text will also be preserved when you clip the content into your Evernote Account
Adjust Text Size & Font: Click to choose a color theme, change the text size, or create your own custom theme for displaying content in Evernote Clearly
Print: Click to print
Text-to-speech (Chrome only): Click to have Evernote Clearly read text aloud to you. The word currently being read will be highlighted in yellow. Learn more
Related Notes are another great way that the Evernote family of products helps you remember everything. Anytime you view a webpage in Evernote Clearly, you will also be shown snippets from Related Notes in your Evernote account. To view a Related Note, click it to open it in Evernote.
Next, take a look at how easy it is to clip content from the Web directly into your Evernote account, using Evernote Clearly.
Save to Your Evernote Account
Similar to the Evernote Web Clipper, Evernote Clearly allows you to save content from the Web directly into your Evernote account, making it easy to capture useful information to read or reference later.
To clip the content currently displayed in Evernote Clearly, simply click the Web Clipper icon in the toolbar. If this is your first time using Evernote Clearly, you will be asked to log in to Evernote. Evernote Clearly will even automatically attempt to tag and save your clipped content to a related notebook thanks to the Smart Filing feature.
Read the next section to learn how to read websites aloud with Text to Speech.
Listen with Text-to-speech
Evernote Clearly helps you focus on the content you care about, quickly, easily, and distraction-free, even when your attention has to be elsewhere thanks to the Text-to-speech feature, available exclusively for Evernote Premium users.
To use the Text-to-speech feature, do the following:
- Click the Text-to-speech icon in the toolbar
- If you are an Evernote Premium user and not currently signed into your Evernote account, click the Sign In button and provide your Evernote login to enable the Text-to-speech feature. If you are a Free Evernote user, click the Try Text To Speech button to see a demo of the Text-to-speech feature
- The Text-to-speech icon will briefly change to the Sync icon while Evernote Clearly analyzes the text and processes it into speech
- Once playback begins, Evernote Clearly will begin reading from the top of the page. The word currently being read will be highlighted, making it easy to glance at the text and see what content is being read to you anytime
- Use the forward and back controls to skip to the next sentence or back to the previous sentence.
Time to fully customize your reading experience with Evernote Clearly. Take a look at the available preferences next.
Customize Evernote Clearly
There are a number of ways to customize your reading and Web Clipping experience with Evernote Clearly via the Preferences menu. Please be aware that the location of the Evernote Clearly Preferences menu may vary based on what version of your browser you are using.
To open the Preferences menu, do the following:
- Mac: Click Window > Extensions, then click Options next to Evernote Clearly
- Windows: Click the menu icon to the right of the address bar and select Settings, then click Extensions in the left sidebar, and click Options next to Evernote Clearly
- Mac: Click Tools > Add-Ons, then click the Preferences button next to Evernote Clearly
- Windows: Click Firefox > Add-Ons, then click Extensions in the left sidebar, followed by the Options button next to Evernote Clearly
- Mac: Click Window > Extensions
- Windows: Click the Opera menu > Extensions
The following preferences can be set from the 'Options' tab:
Keyboard shortcuts: Assign custom keyboard shortcuts to some of the most used features in Evernote Clearly. The default keyboard shortcuts are displayed
Tags: Specify one or more tags to automatically be associated with any Web Clips saved to your Evernote account with Evernote Clearly
Notebook: Select whether Evernote Clearly should save clipped content to your default notebook, or a different notebook of your choosing
Smart Filing: Select whether Evernote Clearly should use Smart Filing to automatically predict tags, notebook or both when clipping content to your Evernote account. You may also disable Smart Filing
Related Notes: Select whether Related Notes should be shown, shown only at the bottom of the screen, or not shown when you view content in Evernote Clearly
Account: Displays the Evernote account that you are currently signed in with. Any Web Clips captured with Evernote Clearly will be saved to this account
Evernote Clearly does more than just remove all of the distractions from content on the Web, it also gives you the ability to fully customize the look and feel of your reading experience.
The following preferences can be set in the 'Custom Theme' tab:
Body Font: The font used to display body text
Header Font: The font used to display content headers, such as article titles and section titles
Monospace Font: The font used to display any monospaced text, such as code samples
Background Color: The color that appears as the background behind text
Foreground Color: The color that will be used for text
Base Font Size: The font size that will be used for body text
Line Height: The amount of vertical space between lines of text
Line Width: The total horizontal width that text spans across the screen
More Options: Click to view advanced formatting options, including CSS, text alignment, and image settings
Any changes you make to your custom theme will automatically be previewed in the displayed sample text, so you can easily see how your new settings will look in Evernote Clearly.
Text To Speech (Chrome only)
Click to choose whether you want to hear a male or female voice when using the text-to-speech feature in Evernote Clearly for Chrome.
Clearly Features (Chrome only)
Click to view the list of features that was displayed the first time you launched Evernote Clearly.
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