Google Chrome may soon let you take notes directly on the websites you visit


When bookmarks alone aren’t enough, we often save web pages we want to visit later using tools like Pocket and Evernote. These platforms allow cross-device synchronization and you can even take notes when saving web pages. Someone at Google obviously thought this feature should be offered by default on Chrome and expanded beyond notes for saved passwords, as development efforts have been underway for at least four months on the possibility of annotate web pages in Chrome.


In March, several patches and commits on the Chromium Gerrit LEDs Redditor Leoparda64-2 to believe that Google was developing native note-taking features for Chrome. At the time, the exact implementation was unclear, but it was expected to be similar to Microsoft’s Edge browser’s PDF reader, where to add a note in the PDF, you can simply select from text in the document, right-click on it and select “Add Comment” from the context menu to create a note.

Edge users can add notes to PDF documents.

The Redditor recently shared their most recent discoveries – a half-baked preview version of page annotations in Chrome Canary. Note taking on Chrome should work just like Edge’s implementation described above: you’ll be able to click and drag your cursor to select on-screen text, right-click to open the context menu and select the Add note option. Once you create a note, the selected text will be highlighted in purple. Similarly, you can also right-click on displayed images and links and add notes to them.

The Chromium Gerrit also mentions a side panel where all your saved notes would appear. This panel will automatically appear when you visit a web address where you have previously created notes. Clicking on any of the notes displayed in this panel should scroll the corresponding highlighted text into view. This initial preview shows that each note in the sidebar has a hamburger menu next to it with options to edit or delete the note. However, the editing functionality is broken in the current preview.

All your notes appear in a sidebar on the right.

Moreover, the preview suggests that you will be able to add notes to web pages even without selecting text or other displayed elements. You should be able to right-click anywhere on a page and click the option to add a note from the context menu.

You can right-click anywhere on the page to add a note.

These notes might jog your memory and explain why you saved the webpage. Designers and developers can use the feature to jot down pop-up comments on the sites they create, and Chrome would effortlessly sync the notes across all devices. We think the feature could be greatly improved if it borrows Google Docs’ collaborative editing features, so you can share notes with a team and browse web pages together.

However, the feature appears to be in the early stages of development and may change before heading to stable Chrome releases. If notes on webpages are a necessity for you, go ahead and install third-party Chrome extensions like Note anywhere, Chrome NotesWhere Page Notes waiting.


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