The Weava Manual

Weava is a Chrome extension that allows you to highlight PDFs and websites with any color you’d like. Weava is a workspace for your research and studies, offering tools that help you highlight, annotate, organize and collaborate on your research.

Download Weava and sign up for an account at

Please note that we have created a range of more in-depth guides that are published on this website. If you want to take a look at these, start here: You may also take note of the FAQ material we have created for customer support here.

1. Highlight

1a. Highlight Websites:

Drag your mouse across the paragraph that you would like to highlight, then pick the color you want on the highlighter popup.

Click on the Weava icon on your Chrome browser (or click Alt+Shift+S) to open the Weava sidebar and refer to what you’ve already highlighted.

1b. Highlight Online PDFs

When you are in an online PDF, press the Weava icon at top right corner of the toolbar.

If the PDF does not open directly in the Weava PDF viewer, nor by clicking the Weava icon, try refreshing the page.

1c. Highlight Local PDFs Saved on Your Computer

To highlight local PDFs saved on your computer, you will have to change the Chrome extension settings.

Right-click the chrome extension icon and click manage extensions

Then check the checkbox “Allow access to file URLs”

Then, right-click your PDF file and select “Open with Chrome”.

Select text and highlight away.

1d. Automatically Open PDFs with Weava

Set your default Chrome PDF browser to Weava by going to settings from the sidebar of our extension and selecting “Enable Weava PDF viewer”.

2. Annotate Highlights

Click on your highlight and add notes.

3. Create a Collection Folder

Click on the Weava icon on the right side of your Chrome browser and the Weava sidebar will pop up (or use the shortcut Alt+Shift+S).

Click the menu button to show your list of collections. Add a collection title of your choosing.

Edit the collection folder to add color tags so that you can associate different highlight colours with different categories.

4. Turning the Weava Highlighter OFF

Click on the cyan toggle button on the bottom right-hand corner of the sidebar to disable/enable the Weava highlighter. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “Alt+S” to disable/enable the highlighter

5. Organize Highlights & Add Notes

Hover your mouse over the highlight and you will see the add note button, the copy button, and the delete button.

Another method to delete a highlight is to simply click on your highlight and click the cross (x) icon on the color you had selected.

6. Web Dashboard

With sufficient highlights it’s time to head to the web dashboard to organize further.

Click the home button on the Chrome extension sidebar to head to the web dashboard, or simply go to

Click on a highlight on your dashboard and the original website or PDF will show up in your Weava workspace.

Review your highlights or highlight additional parts of the article.

7. Create Citations

To cite the sources used, click on the cite button and fill in the required information. Then click copy.

8. Export

Finally, export your work into Microsoft Word, Excel, .csv, or .txt by clicking the export button on your dashboard.

9. Clip Images

Drag images on any website and a small box will appear on the left side of the Chrome screen saying “Drop here!”. Drop the image in the box and it will save in your active folder.

For further information please refer to Weava’s Service Desk and knowledge base, and our social media channels (YoutubeFacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram).