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Harnessing the Power of Web Clipping with SmartSuite

Harnessing the Power of Web Clipping with SmartSuite

10 minutes

February 28, 2023

Greetings, tech aficionados and productivity seekers! Here to walk you through an incredible tool that's bound to elevate your web browsing game. Today's talk of the town is the SmartSuite Web Clipper—a snazzy Chrome extension crafted for the sole purpose of keeping you at the peak of productivity while you traverse the vast cyberspace.

First, Let's Get Acquainted with SmartSuite

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of web clipping, you might want to link arms with SmartSuite if you haven't already—they're the wizards behind this tool. By the way, if you fancy giving them a whirl, we have an affiliate link right down in the description for you to use. It's a neat way to support us and start your SmartSuite journey.

Discovering The Web Clipper Extension

Alright, ready to roll up your sleeves? First off, let's snag that Chrome extension. You could go on a digital scavenger hunt for it, but I had a bit of a tussle finding it myself. Or, you can just click our link in the description—quick and painless!

The extension is called the SmartSuite Web Clipper, and it's your ticket to bookmarking bliss. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's talk setup.

Setting Up Your Bookmarking System

To kick things off, you'll need a place to stash all those juicy web finds. Enter the bookmarks app—a fresh creation from yours truly. Feel like christening it with a different name? By all means, if 'webclip' feels more like your jam, go for it.

Once you've brought your app to life, it's showtime for the fields. We've got the title field that's conveniently set up on arrival. I tossed in a link so that you can add a hyperlink with ease. The description field? It's there straight out of the box, ready to be filled with details. And for the grand finale, I added a text area for any selected text you want to hold on to.

Now, you could have these fields living their best solo lives, or you could get wild and interlink these apps between solutions—whatever floats your boat.

Ready, Set, Install!

With the stage set, let's get that Chrome extension up and running. Give it the green light to do its thing, and voilà—it'll pop right into your browser. Don't fret if it plays hide and seek for a moment; just head over to the puzzle icon in Chrome and pin the extension to keep it within easy reach.

It's All About the API Token

Now we veer into slightly geekier territory - you're gonna need an API token. It's your golden key to connect the Clipper with the magic happening in SmartSuite. To find it, saunter over to your avatar, select "workspace information," and the API key zone will unveil itself. Remember, it's like your secret handshake—keep it hush-hush!

Copy that token, and then it's time to leap into action.

Crafting Your Clipper

Press on, and hit 'Create Clipper.' Name it something cool—I went with 'My Bookmarks.' Paste in your API token like a digital ninja, and choose your target account.

Then comes the part where you link your fields. Titles, links, descriptions galore! And if you're feeling extra, there's even a nifty CSS selector for those of you dabbling in web scraping. It's not the whole kitchen sink of web scraper capabilities, but it's got enough to make things interesting.

"Setting up SmartSuite's Web Clipper is like prepping your very own digital Swiss Army knife—versatile, nifty, and oh-so-handy."

Each field is like a cog in the well-oiled machine that is your Clipper, ready to be mapped to its corresponding partner.

The Magic Moment: Clipping in Action

Let's put this baby to the test. Imagine stumbling across an intriguing tidbit on a website, say, a thought-provoking statistic on my own page, Mason Helpers. You select the text, unleash the web Clipper, and just like magic, it captures the info.

You hit 'create record,' and—this is the best part—SmartSuite links you diectly to the record itself. So there you are, hopping from page to page, snagging info left and right, all neat and tidy in your SmartSuite haven.

To experience SmartSuite's key benefits for yourself, start a free trial today and explore its intuitive work management platform.