Frequently Asked Questions

What browsers does scrible support

scrible supports all recent releases of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari as well as Internet Explorer 10 and 11.

Can the scrible toolbar annotate PDFs opened in my browser?

Not yet but we realize the importance PDF annotation and will address this in a future release.

I'm a student or instructor - how do I upgrade to the Student/Instructor Editions

Just sign in to your account and visit our Education Upgrade page for a free upgrade.

How do I sign in with my Google Account

Do you use a Google account? If so, avoid creating yet another username/password. You can sign up for and sign into scrible by clicking the g+ icon on the login page or new account pages. Using this does not give scrible any access to your Google account. Google does provide us with your name and email address if it's your first time so we can create your scrible account. When you click the icon, you are directed to Google to sign in page if you are not already signed in. Once you sign in (or if your are already) Google will redirect you back to our site and sign you in automatically. The first time you do this you will be asked to authorize scrible and share your email and name with us. Just select approve and you'll be all set.

What's the difference between a Bookmarked page and a Saved page?

A bookmarked page is just like a browsers bookmark - it remembers the URL. scrible additionally attempts to retrieve the content of the page so we can index it to make it easier for you to find later by keywords. You can also organize them with tags. Bookmarks are easily imported from your browser or other services such as Delicious.

Saved pages store annotation and citation information along with the page. So if you make annotations on a page or wish to capture citation information for the page, you will need to save the page so that your annotations will be retrievable later.

How do I print my annotations?

We have enabled basic support for printing annotations. You will need to open the print view of the page first by clicking on the save dropdown button and selecting the "Print View" option. This requires first saving the page. Also depending on your browser, you may have to choose special printing options for the annotations to appear in the print out:
  • Chrome and Safari: Printing annotations should work without any changes
  • Firefox: In the print dialog, select the options tab and select printing background colors
  • Internet Explorer: Click the Tools button and choose Print->Page Setup. Under Paper options you should see a checkbox for "Print Background Colors and Images" - ensure this is checked. (NOTE: this is a global setting, so it will affect all pages you print, so could use up a lot of color ink if you leave it enabled, particularly on pages with full background images, etc)

Can the scrible Bookmarklet Toolbar work with the Firefox NoScript plugin?

At this point in time we have not found a set of exceptions that allows the Bookmarklet Toolbar to work with the NoScript plugin. We are still investigating this and will post instructions here if we find a solution.

Can I use scrible on an iPad?

Yes: scrible now has an iPad optimized version of our toolbar and library. Visit for details on how to install the iPad bookmarklet toolbar

Earning More Storage

Earn more storage on scrible by inviting your friends and colleagues to use scrible. We make it easy to invite people via email, Facebook, and Twitter. For every person* who follows your link and gives scrible a try** we'll give you and them both a 25MB storage boost.
  • * Limit 10 referrals
  • ** They must verify their email address and share or save 3 pages

Why didn't I receive an account verification email after signing up?

Please check your spam/junk mail folder. If you find the account verification email there, please mark it “Not Spam”. You can safely follow the link in the email to verify your account. Also, please add to your address book, contact list or safe sender list so that future emails aren't flagged as spam/junk.

What's it mean to verify my email address?

It means you've verified the association between your scrible account and your email address. To do this, please click on the verification link in the welcome email that we sent to that email address when you first signed up... Or click here and we'll send you a new email. If you don't see the email, please check your spam/junk mail folder or filter. To ensure you receive such important notifications, please add to your address book, safe senders list or white list.

Do I have to enable 3rd party cookies?

If you do not enable 3rd party cookies, you will need to add exceptions for and/or for the toolbar to work (depending on your browser) or else your current login may not be remembered between pages.
After making these changes, please test saving a page to make sure your configuration works (IMPORTANT - do not test on a page from as that would not test the 3rd party cookies).
  • For Firefox: Preferences->"Privacy" tab->History section: must select the "Use custom settings for history". Click the "Exceptions" button next to "Accept cookies from sites". Now enter "" and click "Allow". Test to make sure you can save a page.
  • For Chrome/Chromium: Click on the wrench icon to the right of the address bar ->Options. Choose "Under the hood" from the left side bar. Click on the "Content Settings" button in the "Privacy" section. Click on "Manage Exceptions...". Then in the input area, enter "[*.]" (without the quotes) and choose "Allow" as the behavior, and then click in the blank space below that line so it accepts it. Then test to make sure you can save a page
  • Specific instructions for other browsers will be added in the future

Can I use the Bookmarklet Toolbar on pages which contain Frames?

Unfortunately web browser security restrictions prevent using the Bookmarklet Toolbar on pages with Frames. However, for many sites that do use frames, the content you want to annotate is in just one of the frames. In this case, depending on your browser you can easily open the contents of that frame as its own webpage where the toolbar will work.
  • For Firefox, right click on the frame of interest and in the pop up menu click "This Frame"->"Show Only This Frame" and then load the bookmarklet as usual.
  • For Safari, right click on the frame of interest and in the pop up menu click "Open Frame in New Tab" and then load the bookmarklet as usual.
  • Unfortunately Internet Explorer and Google Chrome do not offer options to easily open a frame as a page by itself.

Can I use the Bookmarklet Toolbar on pages which contain IFrames

Yes - the Toolbar will work on all the content in the main page, however content inside the IFrames cannot be annotated due to browser security restrictions. The toolbar will display a message if it detects a large amount of content on the page is contained within IFrames. You'll notice that your cursor won't reflect the currently selected tool when you mouse over the content in an IFrame. If the content you wish to annotate is in an IFrame, there are a few options. Some sites use the iframes to put their header bar on top of another sites content. In this case, some provide an easy way to go directly to the iframed site. If that isn't available, depending on your browser, you can force the content to open as its own webpage where the toolbar will work.
  • For Firefox, right click on the frame of interest and in the pop up menu click "This Frame"->"Show Only This Frame" and then load the bookmarklet as usual.
  • For Safari, right click on the frame of interest and in the pop up menu click "Open Frame in New Tab" and then load the bookmarklet as usual.
  • Unfortunately Internet Explorer and Google Chrome do not offer options to easily open a iframe in a page by itself.

Can I use the Bookmarklet Toolbar on Flash content?

No - the toolbar cannot directly interact with any Flash content. You can still annotate the HTML content on a page that contains Flash, just not the Flash object itself. Some tips to determine if something is Flash content:
  • If it is highly animated, dynamic, or interactive. If it doesn't act like the rest of the web page, it might be Flash. For example, Youtube videos are Flash objects.
  • Right click on the content. If the menu that shows mentions "Adobe Flash Player" then it is a Flash object.

Connecting with Evernote

Connecting your scrible and Evernote accounts allows you to use scrible's annotation features on your Evernote content.
  • When saving your annotations, it may take some time for them to appear back inside of Evernote. This delay depends on how heavily the feature is being used.
  • You can disconnect your Evernote account from either scrible or Evernote. To remove it from scrible, go to your settings page and click the "Disconnect Evernote Account" link. To disconnect from Evernote, remove authorization for the "scrible Annotate" Trunk app.
  • Notes you've annotated will become read-only inside of Evernote. Once we've added our annotations, we need the note to retain a certain structure. That's why we set the notes to read-only when they get saved back to Evernote.

Student/Instructor Edition

How can I collaborate with team members on a project?

Members of our Student and Instructor Editions can create additional Libraries in the "Other Libraries" tab. These are just like your personal Library, except that you can invite other members to collaborate with you in this Library. Everyone can save, review each others annotations, and add additional annotations to pages saved in this Library.
After creating a Library, there's an option to invite other users, and after inviting, you can control permissions for each user. For example, as an Instructor I can create a Library of pages I've saved and invite my students to read the pages in this library with my annotations, but not be able to make changes.

How can I create a bibliography for pages I've annotated?

First off, as you are working on each page, click on the citation button and complete any missing information before you save the page. Then you can generate a citation for that particular page. If you would like to do this in bulk later, select the pages in the library and then click "Create Bibliography"

How can I export all of the highlights, notes, etc I've made on some pages?

In your Library, select the pages you wish to get the annotations for and then click the "Create Summary" button. This will provide you the text of all your annotations, as well as the content of any notes you wrote on the page.


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