How To Turn Chrome Into A Notepad

Among the many things you do online in a single day, we bet that taking down a note or two is somewhere at the top of your list. Was it for research? Recording a reference number? Brainstorming? Whatever the reason, having a scratch pad at arm’s length is a necessity.

One trick that can solve that problem—turn your browser into a note pad. It may sound odd, but it’s entirely possible. For this tip, we tried it in Chrome, and we have to admit that this is a neat little trick everyone should have handy.

All you have to do is copy and paste this single line of code into your browser’s URL bar:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

Then hit enter. Click on the blank tab window that shows up and start typing away. Testing it on the latest Chrome build, it worked out great.  You can even bookmark the URL and call it up anytime for instant access.

Chrome Browser Notepad

This tip originally comes from Jose Jesus Perez Aguinaga, web engineer and Javascript developer, who shared this tip on his blog,, a few years ago. And it still works.

Right off the bat, you can get a good idea of how this can make things easier for you while you’re on the web. As a writer, student or researcher, you can use this as a distraction free writing tool or quick text editor.

You don’t have to install a plugin or open another application. And without having to worry about any formatting frills, you can get in a good chunk of writing without having to leave the browser.

The one drawback, however, is that if you close the tab, you’ll lose all your notes. If you jot down reminders or to-do lists which you don’t need afterwards, then this shouldn’t be a problem.  In fact, it may even be convenient as you can skip over the usual dialog reminding you to save the file.

But if you do need those notes, then you can easily save them before closing the tab.  To do so, just use Chrome’s “Save page as…” function from the menu and save it as an HTML webpage. You should then be able to access the file in any browser.

If you hated the hassle of opening up a second app just to copy-paste or record something, try this out. This little trick will help simplify the process and speed things up.


Convert PDF to HTML For Free

With DIY tools anyone can create and personalize a simple HTML webpage.

But as you may know, that simple HTML page can be made up of content coming from different types of formats, which means dealing with content like JPEG images, Word document text, and even the hard-to-edit PDF file.

For Word content and JPEGs you can easily copy and paste or upload image files into your HTML code with editing GUIs. But for PDF content, the conversion is best left to applications which, unfortunately, can’t guarantee they’ll make life any easier for you.

The problem lies in the small number of inconveniences: signing up with an email, downloading plug-ins, registering with personal information, or paying for full feature access.

The solution to this?—Our free online PDF to HTML converter.

To use it, simply upload your PDF file, click on Convert, and your PDF is quickly converted into HTML (conversion times depend on the size of your file).

Once the conversion is done, you’ll get a link directly on the page on which you can click to view your PDF content converted in HTML. You’re free to copy and reuse the generated code in your own HTML web pages and projects.

Moreover, the URL is permanent, meaning you can keep using it and share it online with your colleagues whenever you want.

You don’t need to sign up with an email, pay for any services, or wait for a converted file to be sent to you. It’s completely anonymous and available whenever you need it.

Just give the tool a try on your PDF and see if its convenience works for you.