When the idea for this series was first put together, I was not able to find much information on the Notion Web Clipper online. However, Notion now has detailed instructions on their Help & Support website.
Following their reading list example, we can easily save the data to Media Database.
Step 1: After installing Notion Web Clipper per the instructions linked above, go to Amazon.com and search for a book to add to our library.
I'm currently reading "Ego is the Enemy" by Ryan Holiday.
Step 2: Click the Notion Web Clipper Add On icon and click "Add to" to select the database to save the page to.
Step 3: Search for "Media Database", select it, and click "Save page"
Step 4: Go back to your dashboard and open the Media Database. You will see a new entry.
Step 5: Open the new entry. Using the saved "Title", copy and paste the sub title (if there is one) and creator (author) to their respective fields and complete the remaining fields.
To get the book cover, right click on it on the Amazon page and select "Copy image address". Now paste that link in the Image field. You can also upload an image from your computer.
If you are using Firefox, you may need to first select "View Image" and then select "Copy image location" from the new page to get this to work properly.
Finally, clean up the title.
Step 1: After installing the extension, head back to Amazon and click the Save to Notion Extension icon and click "Create A Form".
Step 2: Here we have an option to apply a template and save the page contents. Below that, there are four default fields we should update.
Step 3: Using the six dots to the left of "icon", we can delete that field as we do not have it in our database. Click on "font image" and you will have a drop down of the fields in our database. Select "Image" to have the page image populate that field (note this does not work on Amazon but does work on other sites).
Step 4: Click "New Field" and select our "Category" field. Next to it, we can select the default entry to make when adding the record, for this example, we will select "Books". Repeat these steps for "Status" and "Priority". Make sure you click "Save" when you are finished.
Step 5: Now when you click the Notion Saver icon and select the Media Database, you have the three categories defaulted and you can make changes to the selections as needed before saving the record.
The top of the window will show the image (there is no image on Amazon.com), the website and the Title that will be saved.
This simple tool can be used to quickly capture information on the web and can potentially replace tools such as InstaPaper, allowing you to save articles to a database to read or review at a later date (you can even assign tasks with Do Dates to read or review the article).
As we did not make any changes to the actual dashboard this week, the template below is the same template provided at the end of last week's lesson.
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Here is the link to the template we just created. To add this template to your workspace, click the "Duplicate" link in the upper right of the screen.