The "fyi" bookmarklets make it easy to select text on a web page and fire off an email that quotes the selection and includes the page title and URL.
All of that is done without you doing copy-and-paste work or back-and-forth app switching.
Available versions include:
fyi-webkit-- optimized for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod) and Chrome.
fyi-firefox-- optimized for Firefox to support address bar with custom keyword %s argument. DEPRECATED- Most recent Firefox versions severely restrict use of
fyi-ie-- works with Internet Explorer and its (odd-to-me) DOM selected text methods. NOTE: You may be able to use fyi-webkit with IE 11 or the Edge browser version 14 or higher. Try it.
Drag the desired bookmark to the bookmark bar or add bookmark/favorite. Optionally edit or rename the bookmark/favorite. Firefox users may want to set bookmark properties so the Name is "fyi email" and the custom Keyword is "fyi" for reasons detailed in Usage.
Visit a web page. Activate the fyi bookmarklet (click it on bookmark bar or use the Bookmarks/Favorites menu).
The fyi bookmarklet will open a new email with the page title in the subject line, the page title repeated again in the body, along with the selected text (if any text was selected), and the URL of the original page.
The preferred technique is now to use a bookmark (favorites) button for
The bookmark will display a default email address that you can replace. Edit
the default address found at the beginning of the bookmarklet or edit the
source and rebuild it.
Firefox Custom Keywords
With Firefox Custom Keywords you were able to do something like:
fyi email@example.com Enter
NOTE: Custom Keywords is a bit flakey as of 2014 due to Firefox security
precautions for redirects-- it seems to consider opening a
mailto: from the
address bar to be a redirect.
FURTHER NOTE- Most recent Firefox versions severely restrict use of
Historical use of
fyi with Custom Keywords is included below.
The fyi Firefox bookmarklet can take advantage of a Custom Keyword, and a replacement string (to pre-address the email). The recommended bookmark Name is "fyi email" since this gives a syntax hint when using it. The recommended Keyword is "fyi".
Given a designated keyword (ie, "fyi"), the bookmarklet can be activated by typing the keyword in the address bar and pressing enter. The intended syntax is:
The optional argument is one or more email addresses, separated by semicolons. The email address(es) will be put in the TO field of the new email. Outlook users can include multiple recpients using syntax like:
fyi Lastname1,Firstname1;Lastname2,Firstname2; …
There is a Known Issue with using Custom Keywords--- the current page URL appears properly in the email, but is over-written in the browser's address bar. The work-around is as follows: when you return to the browser, click in the address bar and press
Web browser that supports
Tested with Firefox 3.x - 41.x, Safari 5.0 - 10.x, Mobile Safari 4.x - 10.x.
I am delightfully clueless if Internet Explorer version still works; I stopped
MIT License - http://opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php
Source Code Notes
was written to be as small as practical when URL-encoded. Sorry if it isn't
easy to read. The version number is embedded in the
void'code' call at the
end of the code in version 1.9 and later.
Inspired by Mike Chambers' Firefox Ubiquity fyi command.
Version 2.9.3 - June 13, 2018 - Update to build process to use contemporary packages
Version 2.9.2 - June 30, 2017 - Minor update to build process.
Version 2.9.0 - June 29, 2017 -
Refactor bookmarklets to leverage ES6 code. Re-write reduces use of
concatenation and deeply streamlines URL encoding. Stricter eslint checks.
Addresses issue reported with Chrome + Outlook.
Version 2.8.2 - June 23, 2017 - Bump up versions of dependencies & node; stricter eslint rules
Version 2.8.1 - May 9, 2017 - sigh. revert bookmarklet code from ES6 until UglifyJS 3 is ES6-friendly
Version 2.8.0 - April 20, 2017 -
update bookmarklet code to ES6; update build process to use eslint, yamllint,
and to provide support files for
mdl (ruby gem ) or
Version 2.7.2 - March 17, 2016 - update to current LTS release of node 5.9
Version 2.7.1 - March 11, 2016 - updates to README.md, and build/integration testing using contemporary versions of node only (4.4 & 5.8)
Version 2.7.0 - October 29, 2015 - no code changes; just updates to README.md, build and integration testing
Version 2.7.0 - August 5, 2015 - streamline to node 0.12.x; rewrite for all platforms to prompt for email address(es)
Version 2.6.5 - April 26, 2015 -
node engine 0.10.x - 0.12.x and
grunt-cli > 0.1.0,; use
Version 2.6.4 - March 28, 2015 -
grunt-contrib-uglify 0.8.x; better specify node & grunt versions;
rebuild, update README.md
Version 2.6.2 - January 16, 2015 -
grunt-contrib-uglify 0.7.x; rebuild, update README.md
Version 2.6.1 - June 10, 2014 - switched build system to grunt; use "semver-like" versioning, update README.md
Version 2.0 - June 10, 2012 -
add code in embedded version number to identify associated browser,
Version 1.9 ~ January 3, 2012 -
Streamlined message body of resulting email
Embed version number of bookmarklet in bookmarklet itself,
Version 1.1 ~ April 15, 2011 - Optimized for shorter emails if no text was selected. Adds version for IE to accommodate IE DOM method weirdness.
Version 1.0 ~ April 5, 2011 - First release