How to Clip a Webpage to OneNote on iOS Devices

There is just too much information on the internet. Things we want to read next. Websites that offer products we may want to consider purchasing later. Clever writing that we want to hold onto. Links. If you’re on the web every day, you’re watching the world go page by page in your browser. Remember when we bookmarked interesting web pages? Well, back then, there were a few bazillion web pages less than there are today. Remember when we saved RSS links in Google Reader? Well, Google Reader is now on the ash pile of dead bits, but you can still save interesting information to other RSS readers.

But there are other ways to catch and hold on to interesting bits of the internet. And of course, in today’s mobile world, this means that most of us want to be able to do this grabbing and saving from our mobile device just as we do on our desktop.

Many popular “Read Later” services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability and others, Flipboard, Feedly, Newsify, etc. it connects to other popular apps like The popular and ubiquitous Evernote does the same.

But what if you’re browsing on a mobile browser? More specifically, what if you are using the mobile Safari browser on an iOS device? Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t allow for the same kind of “sharing” flexibility on iOS as Google does on Android. On the Android platform, you can share almost anything from a browser to any App or service you have installed on your smartphone or Tablet.

The best way to do this type of sharing with Mobile Safari is to use a bookmark. Yes, you read it right. A bookmark. This sounds almost like outdated technology these days, but it still works.

Microsoft recently put some dent in its strategy of change, declaring mobile and services as the breakthrough for the future. Part of this strategy is OneNote. OneNote is now available for Mac, but has been available for the iOS platform for quite some time. Like Evernote, one of the nice features of OneNote is the ability to crop and save web pages. And with this new strategy, Microsoft has also released the new desktop browser feature to crop and save web pages.

a note It is free to download. Although it requires you to have OneDrive account, if you don’t already have it, you can get 7GB of free storage on OneDrive when you first start using OneNote. OneDrive is Microsoft’s Cloud service and is the glue that connects all Microsoft Apps and services by syncing data to make it available across multiple devices. Unlike the newly released Office Apps for iPad, using OneNote does not require you to have an Office 365 subscription ($99 per year) to edit or create pages in the App.

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In IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari you can install a button that lets you clip any web page to your OneNotes notebooks. Compared to Evernote, it has limited capability, but if you want to quickly import some web information into your OneNote notebook, you can.

But how does this help mobile Safari users on iOS devices? Well, if you sync your Safari bookmarks across your desktop/laptop environment to your iOS devices, you’ll have the same ability in mobile Safari on your iPhone or iPad.

Here’s how to set it up.

First, let’s make sure you sync your Bookmarks between your iOS and Mac. Open Settings (Gear icon) on your Mac and then select iCloud.

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Be sure to check Safari when your iCloud settings show up.

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On your iOS device, the procedure is very similar. Go to settings. Scroll down to iCloud.

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Then be sure to check out Safari.

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When this is done on both platforms, your Bookmarks will sync across your devices in addition to your browser tabs.

Now on your Mac go to: This page hosting Onenote browser extensions.

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The web page should detect that you are working in Safari and present you only Safari-related information. (Note that you can add this OneNote crop feature in other browsers as well.)

When you hover over the Clip to OneNote button in the middle of the page, you’ll see an animation showing your Bookmarks Bar. The idea is to drag this button to your Safari Bookmarks Bar. Note that Safari calls this your Favorites Bar. Drag the button to the Favorites Bar and you’re almost ready.

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Load a web page while on your Mac to make sure the functionality is working. Select the new Clip to OneNote button. You are prompted to sign in to your OneDrive account. Of course you have to do this. When you’re signed in to your account, you can clip Content from your Mac to your OneNote notebooks while browsing Safari.

On your iOS device, you need to wait for an iCloud sync to occur for the bookmark to be available.

On an iPad, you can view your Favorites Bar in the Safari Browser. If you chose to do this (Settings/Safari/Show Favorites Bar), you’ll see the Clip to OneNote button appear in Safari.

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You cannot view the Favorites Bar in mobile Safari on iPhone. Instead, scroll to the bottom of your screen and select the Bookmarks icon.

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You will see Favorites listed on the Favorites screen. Under Favorites you will see Clip to OneNote located there.

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Choosing Clip to OneNote will save the currently focused web page in mobile Safari on iPhone. You can still see the web page you are clipping on iPad because of the different look.

When you crop a web page, you will find the saved page in OneNote under the QuickNotes Tab. It may take a few seconds to sync and be visible.

As mentioned earlier, you don’t have a detailed ability to determine what your clip will be. The whole web page or nothing. But if you’re a OneNote user, you can at least clip web pages for later retrieval.

For Android users and Google Chrome browser users, this Clip to OneNote feature is not that easy. For starters, you can sync the Clip to OneNote button with the mobile version of your Chrome browser, but it won’t work in the same way. Since you cannot view the Bookmarks or Favorites bar on mobile versions on iOS, you need to enable Clip to OneNote from a tab containing your bookmarks. This will not capture the page you last focused on before switching to the Bookmarks tab.

OneNote in the iOS version of the mobile Chrome browser including in sharing Options You can bring it by pressing the share button.

If Android phones have OneNote installed, you’ll see it as a sharing option. However, if Clip the web page and only when a sync occurs you will find a link to that web page in OneNote.

A nice distinction (currently) between the Android and iOS feature is that on iOS you see the entire webpage and a clickable link that will take you to that page. Performing the same functionality in the Android version will only give you a link to the page you just clipped.

Note that OneNote on iOS does not use Background App Refresh for this operating system. Therefore, when you open the App, you must wait for a sync to occur before any new data you clipped from the web will appear in your notebook.

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