Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

 
 

 
 

Faster and fine highlighting

By default, PowerNotes highlights whole words with a minimum of 2 words per highlight. We did this so you can highlight quickly without the need to be precise about the beginning or end of your highlight. So just make sure you get part of the first and last word you want to save and you should be all set.

To highlight less than 2 words, even one character, hold down CTRL (on a PC) or COMMAND (on a Mac) when you highlight.


OPENING SAVED PDFS IN CHROME

If you would like to use PowerNotes on a PDF that's located on your computer's hard drive, you will need to give the browser permission to access stuff on your hard drive. To do this:

  • go to (you can copy/paste this into your search bar): chrome://extensions/

  • scroll to: PowerNotes and check the "Allow access to file URLs" box

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Then just open the PDF you want in the Chrome browser by using CTRL+O (for a PC) or COMMAND+O (for a Mac) in a browser window. You can also find the PDF in your computer’s windowing interface, right-click, and select “open with” Chrome.


OPENING ONLINE PDFS IN CHROME

You can make sure all of your online PDFs are opened in Chrome (so you can more easily highlight them with PowerNotes) by going to: chrome://settings/content/pdfDocuments

Then make sure the “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome” switch is in the off position.

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LINKING YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL TO YOUR SCHOOL’S INSTITUTIONAL ACCOUNT

If your school is a PowerNotes partner [link to partners page], but you don’t want to use your school email address to create your account (perhaps it’s really long or you can’t remember it), go ahead and create your account using your personal email address. After that, go through these steps to link that account with your school’s PowerNotes license:

  1. Go to your project dashboard: https://powernotes.com/project

  2. Click on the "Get more Projects" button

  3. Enter your institution email address on the left side of the screen and hit the "Submit" button.

  4. An email will be sent to your institutional email account. Open this email and click on the validation link.

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Now, your account will be associated with your institution and you can create an unlimited number of projects in PowerNotes.

Note that you will still log in with your personal email address and original password.


HACKING COLLABORATION

We are working on formal collaboration, but for now you can collaborate by creating a new PowerNotes account (using any email address will give you a free project). Select a password that you can share with your collaborators. Multiple people can then sign into that account and do research at the same time. Each person will add materials to the project outline simultaneously.

We do not recommend sharing your personal account credentials to collaborate.


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