Quick Start Guide

Quick Start Guide2021-09-17T14:42:51-07:00
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Because Chrome is the optimal browser for using Hypothesis, we recommend adding our Chrome extension. Follow the steps below to create an account, get the Chrome extension, and make your first annotation.

Note: There are other ways to use Hypothesis outside of the Chrome extension (like our bookmarklet for Firefox and other browsers).

1. Sign up for a Hypothesis account:

Go to hypothes.is/signup. Choose a username, enter your email address, and create a password. Click Sign Up and you’ll receive a confirmation email shortly–check your spam inbox if you don’t see the email.

2. Get the Chrome extension:

Go to web.hypothes.is/start and click add-on for Chrome in Step 2. A window will pop up and prompt you to install the extension. If the window does not appear, try disabling your ad blocker or enabling pop-ups.

The Hypothesis icon will automatically appear in your toolbar.

(If you prefer, you can install the add-on through the Chrome store.)

3. Go Forth and Annotate:

Navigate to a webpage that you would like to annotate. Make sure the Chrome extension is activated – if it’s not, click the greyed-out button in your toolbar:

To see existing annotations, either open the sidebar or click on highlighted text within the body of the document. If you have Hypothesis activated now, you can practice on this sentence.

To create your own annotation, select some text and click Annotate on the adder that pops up:

Enter your annotation content in the composition window and click Post to Public.

You can also make page-level annotations by clicking the New Page Note button in the sidebar:

Hypothesis works on HTML, PDF and EPUB documents that are already on the web. If you’d like to annotate a document that isn’t hosted anywhere yet, you’ll need to host it somewhere first.

See this blog post for a full explanation of the different types of annotations, including replies. For tips on best practices (how much text to select, when and how to add images and links, etc.), check out this page.

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