Welcome to PowerNotes! 👋

If you’re looking to figure out how to use PowerNotes a bit better, you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find everything you need to know about PowerNotes including initial setup, getting started, in-depth explanations of features and functionality as well as guides and best practices to kick-start your research experience.

<aside> 📢 If you’re having issues with PowerNotes make sure to check out the FAQ, troubleshooting, and support sections of this guide - if your issue persists, please reach out to us for support here.


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📝 Initial Setup

Installation and Account Creation

Install the PowerNotes Chrome extension (you can also install the Chrome extension on the Microsoft Edge browser) or Firefox extension, then follow the prompts from the extension to create your account.

When you create an account, we will send a verification email to the address you used to sign up. Simply click on the verification link in that email and you will be all set. If you didn't get an email, be sure to check your spam folder.


With the PowerNotes extension enabled, navigate to a relevant website or .PDF, then:

📌 Read more on adding topics, changing topic names, and reordering topics.

📌 Click here for additional tips on how to get the most out of PowerNotes.

Your First Project

First, take a look at the PowerNotes sidebar:

📌 Learn how to get the sidebar out of your way.

Your Project Outline

You can access your project outline by clicking on the “Project Outline” link in the upper right of the sidebar. In your project outline, you can reorganize your work, change the title and description of your project, and download your work to Word or a .RIS file.

📌 See how to use the project outline to get a better start on your first draft.

📌 Here are all the features of the project outline.

Chrome Extension

To enable (or disable) the extension, click on the “P” icon in the extension tray in the upper right navigation section of your browser window and change the switch to ”Yes” (or “No”). This is how you turn PowerNotes on when you are researching and off when you’re browsing or doing other activities.

📌 Click here to download PowerNotes from the Chrome store.

📌 Click here to download PowerNotes from Firefox Add-ons.

Sending Feedback

If something doesn’t work, or if you want something to work better, click on the PowerNotes icon in the extension tray then on the “Feedback” link or use the “Feedback” button on the right side of the PowerNotes sidebar (this button will auto-populate the URL you are on too). We will reply as soon as we can!

📌 Contact us directly with your feedback.