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5 Ways to Create a Webpage Summary Using Free AI Tools

You must have often encountered lengthy, interesting articles online and wished they had a summary for easy reading. Fortunately, AI tools like ChatGPT, Google Bard, Bing AI, etc., can quickly generate interesting page summaries in a few clicks. In this article, let’s look at several steps to creating a webpage summary using free AI tools. Additionally, you can check our free handpicked AI tools to create an image from text.

Summarize a webpage using AI tools

How to Create a Summary of a Webpage Using AI Tools?

Thanks to ChatGPT, Bard, BingAI, and several free browser extensions/online tools, generating a quick summary of a long article or webpage has become incredibly faster and easier. Provide a link in the prompt asking the tool to create a summary, and you’re all set. Let’s have a detailed look at the steps to do it:

Method 1 – Using ChatGPT

ChatGPT is one of those revolutionary AI tools that hit the internet by storm. Whether it is answering mysteries or creating memes, the applications of ChatGPT are endless. Following the same, you can create a webpage summary with a few clicks. Here’s what you need to follow:

1. Copy the URL to your desired article or webpage.

2. Sign in to ChatGPT and type the following command followed by your copied link:

Create a webpage summary for this link: <paste your link here>

link of a Wikipedia page given to ChatGPT

3. ChatGPT will take a few seconds to create the webpage summary for quick reading.

4. Alternatively, copy the entire page text to the ChatGPT prompt and ask it to create a summary.

Summary of a Wikipedia page created by ChatGPT

Method 2 – Using Google Bard AI

Besides ChatGPT, you can use Google’s Bard AI to create a webpage summary. However, Bard is a step ahead of ChatGPT, as it can also detect text in images or screenshots to generate summaries. Here’s how it works:

1. Open Google Bard AI and type the following prompt consisting of your copied page link:

Create a page summary for this link: <paste the link here>

link of a Wikipedia page given to Bard AI

2. Hit Enter to let the Bard AI craft your desired summary.

3. After a few seconds, you will see the page summary in the chat window consisting of bulleted points and source links.

summary of a Wikipedia page created by Bard AI

4. Alternatively, you can take a screenshot of the long article/passage and upload it to Bard to generate a page summary. Click the + button at the start of the prompt field to Upload a file.

5. Ask Bard to ‘Summarize the text in this picture‘ and hit the enter key.

Screenshot of a Wikipedia page given to Bard AI as prompt

6. It will analyze the text in your screenshot to generate a summary of your desired page.

summary of a Wikipedia page created by Bard AI

Method 3 – Using Microsoft Bing AI

If you prefer Microsoft Edge over other web browsers, its integrated Bing AI can help you create quick summaries for any website or article. Follow these easy steps to create it:

1. Open Microsoft Edge and browse the article/webpage you wish to create a summary for.

Bing AI recall button on uTorrent's Wikipedia page

2. Click the Bing icon in the top-right to use its AI chat feature and execute the following prompt.

Create a summary of this link < paste your webpage link here>

3. Wait a few seconds for a page summary and reference links in the Bing AI chat window.

summary about uTorrent's Wikipedia page, created by Bing AI

Method 4 – Use Browser Extensions to Create a Webpage Summary

In addition to AI chatbots like ChatGPT and Bard AI, you can add an AI-based extension to your web browser for generating quick summaries. The “ChatGPT Summarize Everything” and “Summarize” are popular extensions in this domain. Here’s how you can make the most out of them.

ChatGPT Summarize Everything Browser Extension

1. Install the ChatGPT Summarize Extension to your web browser.

ChatGPT Summarize everything extension page

2. Navigate to the webpage/article you wish to summarize and open the installed extension in the same tab.

3. The extension will automatically analyze the on-screen text and create a page summary to suit your needs. You can also set a different language in the extension window to summarize content in your preferred language.

summary of Mr. Mukesh Ambani created by ChaGPT extension

Using Summarize Extension

1. Add the Summarize extension to your browser from the Chrome Web Store.

summarize (ChatGPT and Bard) extension on chrome web store

2. Next, select the text on a webpage and right-click to invoke the Summarize extension. You can also choose your desired AI tool to summarize content, e.g., ChatGPT or Google Bard.

selecting ChatGPT from the extensions option using the right click context menu of on the webpage

3. The extension will instantly open the selected AI tool to provide the page’s summary. If you didn’t receive satisfactory results, you can ask the client again to re-create the summary via the prompt field.

summary about Mr. Mukesh Ambani generated by ChatGPT as it was selected

4. You can also use the Merlin AI extension to receive similar results.

Method 5 – Use Online AI Tools to Summarize a Webpage

If you don’t wish to install any browser extension, you can paste a webpage link directly to AI-powered online tools like “Smmry” and “QuillBot” for creating a webpage summary.

Smmry Online Tool

1. Open the Smmry tool in a new tab on your browser.

smmry tool ui

2. Copy your desired webpage’s URL using the right-click context menu.

3. Paste the copied link in Smmry, set your desired sentence length, and hit the Summarize button.

UI of Smmry tool highlighting the sentence length set to 7 and summarize button

4. The AI tool will instantly create the page’s summary with your defined sentences, displaying the total number of characters and reduction percentage at the bottom.

5. If you don’t like the results or feel the tool has omitted some crucial information, you can re-create it by clicking the New Summary button anytime.

a summary about Mr. Mukesh Ambani created by Smmry tool

QuillBot AI

1. Copy the desired long passage using the right-click context menu.

copying a portion of a webpage

2. Open QuillBot Text Summarizer and paste the copied text. Click Summarize to generate a relevant summary for quick reading.

quillbot summarizing the copied portion of webpage


Q. Which Is the Best AI Summary Generator for Web Pages?

After testing several AI tools and extensions, ‘Bard AI’ and ‘ChatGPT Summarize Everything’ became our favorites. While Bard AI provides additional features such as image upload to create a webpage summary, the latter organized the summary in a quick window for easy reading.

Q. How to Summarize a Research Paper for Quick Reading?

For easy reading, you can use various AI tools or browser extensions listed in this explainer to summarize a research paper. We selected the entire text and used the Summarize extension (explained above) to create a summary for the research paper.

Wrapping Up

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Paras Rastogi

Being an Ardent Tech-Enthusiast, Paras is super passionate about new gadgets and technologies since childhood. His passion has developed him to write tech blogs that allow him to help people and make their digital lives easier. When he is not working, you can find him on Twitter.