Send Your Internet Tabs to Evernote with a Simple Keyboard Shortcut

How often at the end of the day (or midday!) do your internet tabs look like this? There is just too many tabs!

Sites you want to look at, need your attention, references, etc. At least for me having this many tabs open is just stressful and unproductive but I don't want to close them because I might lose what I find. So my previous choices were either to bookmark them, close them, or leave them. None of these are particularly good. 

What if by one simple keyboard shortcut you go save all your tabs into a dedicated notebook in Evernote that includes the title of the page and the link. 

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Well thanks to Justin Lancey you can. See his post here. He created the AppleScripts and then turned them into Alfred and LaunchBar workflows. If you don't use an application launcher you should. Check out Shawn Blanc's excellent article about them. If you do not have an application launcher this post will show you how to turn the AppleScript into an easy keyboard shortcut. In the meantime I also modified the AppleScript to send the URL of the tabs into a specific notebook rather than the default Evernote notebook. 

Check out the process below or download the PDF of the steps.

Internet Tabs to Evernote

Create Notebook in Evernote

First, go ahead and create a notebook where you want to collect your Safari or Chrome tabs. I named mine "InternetTabs". Once you do this go ahead and sync your Evernote database and close the app.

Create Notebook in Evernote

Open AppleScript Editor

In your Applications folder go to the folder named Utilities

Open AppleScript Editor

Open AppleScript Editor

Open AppleScript Editor

Open AppleScript Editor

Create New Document

Create a new document

Create New Document

Insert AppleScript

Paste the AppleScript code from Justin Lancey.

Safari
Chrome

Insert AppleScript

Save

I just save the AppleScript to iCloud for quick access.

Save

Add Notebook

Scroll down untill you see "--MAKE ITEM IN EVERNOTE".

In between the parentheses type notebook {"InternetTabs"}. If you titled your notebook differently just type that title in the quotes.

Save!

Add Notebook

Test AppleScript

First, open up Safari or Chrome and make sure you have a couple tabs open. Click run at the top in order to test the AppleScript.

Test AppleScript

Wait for notification

A popup notification should come up saying that it worked correctly.

Wait for notification

Export

After you have tested the AppleScript we are going to export the file into an application package.

Go to File > Export

Export

Save

Go to a location that you want to store the application file. At the bottom of the dialog screen click the dropdown and click "Application".

Click Save.

Save

Open Automator

In your Applications folder open Automator.

Open Automator

Create new document

Create new document

Pick Service

We want to create a "service" so double click on service.

Pick Service

Launch Application

In the search box type "application" and then drag "Launch Application" to the right.

Launch Application

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Find Application

Click the dropdown and scroll down until you see "Other…"

Find Application

Find Application

Go to where you exported your application and open it.

Find Application

Save Service

Save your service.

I saved it as "Safari Tabs to Evernote"

Save Service

Go to System Preferences

Go to System Preferences

Click Keyboard

Click Keyboard

Go to Shortcuts

Once you go to your shortcuts click on "Services" on the left.

Go to Shortcuts

Set Keyboard Shortcut

Once you are in your services scroll down until you see the General heading and click to add whatever keyboard shortcut you would like.

Set Keyboard Shortcut

Set Keyboard Shortcut

You should be good to go!

You can repeat the steps above to do both Safari and Chrome tabs.

Big thanks to Justin Lancey for his great post that inspired this slight modification.

http://veritrope.com/tech/organize-browser-tabs-mac/

Set Keyboard Shortcut


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