How to Use Memex to Annotate Websites
Memex allows you to organize their browsing history and annotate websites, PDFs, and videos. In this tutorial, we will focus on how to annotate websites using Memex but the those basics are applicable for
There are two ways to annotate a website using Memex. The first method is to use the tooltip that appears after selecting text. The second method is to use keyboard shortcuts.
Keyboard shortcuts are a faster way to annotate websites. Here are three keyboard shortcuts you can use to annotate websites:
- Option + A: Make a highlight on the selected text.
- Option + W: Make a highlight on the selected text with a note, also known as an annotation.
- Option + C: Instantly add the highlight to one or more Spaces. This is the same keyboard shortcut that can be used to add a page to a Space when no text is selected.
Undo creating highlights
CMD + Z (Mac) or
Ctrl + Z (Win/Linux) to undo the last highlights(s) you made on a page.
Disabling the tooltip
Shift-Click on the X icon to not show it on any page anymore
Side-by-side Reader Mode
The sidebar by default overlaps the content, sometimes hiding important information. It’s good for quick annotations, but for longer sessions there is the reader mode that allows you to see the page and the sidebar next to each other.
Memex allows you to share highlights you made on a page with others. Highlights can have one of three privacy statuses:
- Private: Only visible to the user who made the annotation.
- Shared: Placed in a Space that has been shared with others.
- Public: Added to every Space the page is put into.
It's important to note that the public status does not mean that the annotation is visible to anyone visiting the page, but only those who have access to the Spaces the annotation is put into. The public status is for annotations that you want to share widely and that you think will be relevant to many Spaces in the future. This makes it easy to reshare the annotation because you only need to put the page into a new Space, rather than sharing every single annotation individually into a new Space/context.
Bulk Sharing Highlights on a page
In the top right corner of the annotation list you see a bulk edit icon, press it to make all annotations on the page public. This action will ignore annotations you manually put into a Space before as we assume that it was a deliberate act of only sharing it with some people.