How to e-mail yourself a Web page with just one click

Turn your inbox into a handy to-do list for sites you want to revisit later.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

There are lots of ways to "clip" a Web page.

For example, you can use Pocket to deliver a nicely formatted mobile version of a page to your phone or tablet, great for content you want to read later. And you can use Evernote to save a page to a digital file cabinet, ideal for organizing and managing stuff you want to keep or share.

But what if you want to e-mail a Web page to yourself? Sure, most browsers have a "save page" option, but that's not the same thing. Rather, there are times when you might want to revisit a site at later time, either because you don't have time to read it now or you need to follow through on it later.

In those cases, it can be helpful to e-mail yourself a link, effectively turning your inbox into a to-do list so the site doesn't get forgotten. Here's how you can accomplish that with just one click:

Step one: Head to toread.cc, enter your e-mail address, and then click Start Now.

Step two: When you receive your confirmation e-mail (check your spam filter if it doesn't arrive), click the registration link. That should take you to a Web page containing a customized [toread] bookmarklet.

Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Step three: Drag that [toread] bookmarklet to your browser's bookmarks bar or favorites list. (The service is compatible with all major browsers.)

Step four: Now, while viewing any Web page you want to e-mail to yourself, just click the [toread] bookmarklet. You should see a momentary flash, which indicates the page was captured and sent.

And that's it! In short order you should receive an e-mail containing a link to the page you clipped and, in the body, the contents of that page (though depending on the formatting of those contents and the mail client you use, it may not look exactly as it did originally).

I'm a big, big fan of toread.cc; I've used it on and off for years. There's simply no faster or easier way to e-mail yourself a Web page. (That I know of. If you've found a better solution, share it in the comments.)

 

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