1. Clipping seems to be the most functional workflow for the process I outlined above. The only extra step is actually the need to highlight something on the page...
Please allow the user to clip a web page when no text or address selected. When a browser window/tab has focus, pressing the clippings shortcut would create a task with the title of the page as its default name and the hotlinked page title would be placed as the note. (If text is desired, that could still be selected for import according to current behavior). This would be applied to web clippings added to directly to inbox and via Quick Entry.
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