How to Turn Your Chrome Tab into a Clipboard


Looking for a kind of clipboard manager in your browser? Sometimes we use the browser and just quickly need a space to arrange some text, quickly paste various text copies, and arrange the data. If you want to do that right in your browser without opening any other tool first, I have a trick for you that you can try out yourself. Ready to turn your Chrome browser tab into a text editor and place where you can freely copy and paste information? Read on.

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How to turn your Chrome browser tab into a text editor

First, you just have to open a new tab which will serve as your new base for storing and arranging data for whatever you might be currently working on. Then you paste the following into the address bar and confirm with the enter key.

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

What happens now is that the Chrome browser will load a simple editor right into your tab, and you can quickly write down notes, arrange data, or use it as an improved clipboard multi-tool. This might also work with other browsers, so feel free to try some experiments. Here are the steps to follow the process swiftly.

Follow these steps

  1. Open a new tab in Chrome.
  2. Paste “data:text/html, <html contenteditable>” into the address field.
  3. Hit the enter key.

You can now paste your copied text fragments and other data here. Indeed, this is a very lightweight and simplified kind of editor, but it should still do the job in many cases. It can even process emoji and similar content, so you could even use this to prepare and arrange your social media posts without the risk of accidentally posting something that wasn’t ready yet.

Chrome Browser Tab How To Use Text Editor
Image: Christopher Isak / TechAcute

Because most of you might not recall this “address” to launch the editor in the browser’s tab, I recommend you to load it up once and then save it into your bookmarks with a title such as “text editor” or something you can recall. This way, you can easily access this page by only looking up the bookmark title that you just saved rather than remembering the technical query.

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If you need a place to permanently store and arrange your notes, you should look at solutions, unlike a clipboard, that either save content to the cloud or keep a local file with all your notes. This method is recommended only for data that you need to arrange temporarily. It will likely not be saved, and if you accidentally close the session, it might be gone. Just so you know what you’re dealing with here.

Photo credit: The feature image has been done by Daria Nepriakhina. The screenshot in the body of the article has been prepared by the author for TechAcute.

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Christopher Isak
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Hi there and thanks for reading my article! I'm Chris the founder of TechAcute. I write about technology news and share experiences from my life in the enterprise world. Drop by on Twitter and say 'hi' sometime. ;)
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