New to Airtable’s web clipper? Get started with this simple bookmarking tool.
Airtable’s web clipper block comes with a handy Chrome extension that can quickly grab the contents of a web page and import them into Airtable. You can save any web content you like—clip images to serve as inspiration for creative work, sample ideas for blog content, press mentions for clients, or even little things like your favorite recipes.
With Airtable, you can organize whatever you’re working with in the way that makes the most sense for you and your team. And when you use the Airtable web clipper, your content will be saved into an Airtable base that you can set up exactly how you need it. You only need to include a few basic fields to hold your clipped content—the rest is up to you!
In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can set up a very simple bookmarking tool with web clipper that you can adapt to any use case. First we’ll set up a base with the basic fields needed to hold clipped content: page titles, URLs, page text (or notes), and an image or screenshot. After that, we’ll use web clipper to build a clip to capture this content and test it out.
With this basic setup in place, you can add additional fields to capture other kinds of content. While web clipper can directly identify the most common elements of a page, you can also utilize CSS selectors to tell it to focus on very specific elements to automatically grab what you need. You can also create fields that leave room for you to add information manually, such as tags and ratings.
Before we begin, please note that web clipper is an Airtable block and using any Airtable blocks requires an Airtable Pro plan account. Make sure you’ve upgraded your account, or are enjoying a trial of these features, before giving web clipper a try.
Step one: create a new base
Next, add a new URL field. Also, feel free to update your field names and make any aesthetic changes you’d like to make to your new base.
That’s all you have to do to set up a table to effectively use web clipper.
Step two: set up web clipper
With your table setup complete, go ahead and click the BLOCKS button in the upper righthand corner to open the blocks panel. From there, click Add a block, search for web clipper, and click the Add to base button.
Once you do, the block will prompt you to install the Chrome extension.
Click the Go to Chrome web store to download and install the web clipper extension. Once finished, return to your base and hit the reload button on your browser to reload the page if prompted.
After your base reloads, you’ll have the option to create a clip action in the block.
Give the new clip a title (e.g. “Add to Bookmarks”). Since you only have one table in your base, you’ll find that the correct table is alreadyContinue reading