Between read-it-later services, social media and the incredible speed at which a Google search can find the exact information you're looking for, browser bookmarks have become a forgotten relic of an earlier Internet age. But the basic bookmarking tools built into your browser can still be very useful in the modern web era, and we'll explain exactly how to get the most out of them.
We cover all the options you have for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge here, although you can use many of the same principles for other browsers as well. One of the benefits of using bookmarks is that they are infinitely flexible – you can use them to keep track of what you like, but you like.
Browser bookmarks are almost too useful – so much so that many of us find our bookmark folders bulging with the weight of dozens or even hundreds of star URLs that are not in any particular order. To make the most of your bookmarks, make sure they are well organized.
Bookmarks help you easily keep track of things online: The apps you use most often the sites you need to upload regularly, the articles you want to save for posterity, and so on. You can store things for the future or things from the past.
Begin typing a URL into the address bar of your browser, and among the matches from your recently viewed pages, you will also see matches from your bookmarks at the top of the list that fall underneath-everything you bookmark is easier to return for later.
Then there is bookmark synchronization, now a feature in every modern web browser. You can get bookmarked pages from multiple computers, multiple platforms, and multiple devices, including your smartphone, as long as you're signed in to the appropriate account. They can go anywhere with you, no extra effort is required.
Importing and exporting is usually also easy, with a commonly agreed standard that allows you to move bookmarks between browsers and between apps. If you decide to switch browsers, you can bring your browsers with the least fuss.
The built-in tools
The large browsers have tools for keeping bookmarks neat. Create a new bookmark in Chrome by clicking the star icon to the right of the address bar, and you can assign the new bookmark to a folder right away. Go to your bookmarks by opening the Chrome menu, then selecting Bookmarks and Bookmark Manager (or press Ctrl + Shift + O on Windows or Option + Cmd + B on a Mac).
Use the box at the top to search your bookmarks, and the menu button at the top right to add new bookmarks, add bookmark folders (very useful for organizing) and import and export bookmarks. Each bookmark has a menu button to the right, which you can use to edit and delete bookmarks. You can also click and drag them around the list to change the order, or bookmark them in folders.
With the Bookmarks menu, you can also show or hide the Chrome bookmarks bar, a useful dock that is just below the address bar. URLs can be downloaded here if necessary (via the icon to the left of the URL itself), as well as added in the usual way. This means that your most important bookmarks are always easy to access.
If you are a Firefox fan, use the star in the address bar to bookmark it and put it in a folder, if necessary. You can find your bookmarks in the Mozilla browser in many ways: The Library option on the Firefox menu or toolbar lets you view or hide the bookmarks bar (under the address box) and the sidebar bookmarks. You can also view bookmarks from the same library and bookmarks menu, or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + B ( Cmd + Shift + B on macOS).
The pop-out bookmark manual window gives you the most control. You can rename bookmarks, add them to different folders, or completely remove them. Firefox also lets you add tags to bookmarks, making it easier to find them again later. You will see the option Search Bookmarks at the top right.
Use the options at the top of the dialog to import or export bookmarks, and change how bookmarks are organized on the screen: In addition to ordering them by name, you can enter them using the tags they have been assigned or in the order they were last opened (useful for finding bookmarks that you have neglected or no longer need).
In Microsoft Edge, bookmarks are called favorites, and you can enter a new favorite by clicking the star icon to the right of any URL at the top of the browser. You will also see a Favorites icon on the toolbar – click this to see all the bookmarks you have.
Here, bookmarks are displayed in a sidebar instead of a separate tab, and you can click on the stick icon (top right corner) if you want to keep the pane open permanently. The other icons at the top let you create new folders for your bookmarks, or (via the settings pane) import or export bookmarks.
This setting pane also has an alternative to Show Favorite field . As in Chrome and Firefox, this is a place to put your most important bookmarks, the ones you want to click on every day favorites can be added here as soon as you create them, or dragged over from the Favorites panel on the side of the Edge interface.
Open Safari on MacOS and you have a whole Bookmarks Menu to play with Bookmarks so Show bookmarks to download the bookmarks on the left, or click Display the sidebar icon on the toolbar. Click and drag to move the bookmarks to a different order.
To create a bookmark, simply drag a URL to the sidebar, either from the address bar at the top of your browser or by dragging a link right from a & # 39; I've been open. To add the page you are currently viewing to your Safari bookmarks, click Share the button on the toolbar, then select Add Bookmark .
Cmd + click ] in the sidebar to edit a bookmark, or to add a new bookmark folder to the list. For a more detailed look at bookmarks stored in Safari, open the bookmarks menu and select Edit Bookmarks (or press Option + Cmd + B ). The window that appears allows you to search your bookmarks, create bookmark folders, move bookmarks around, and edit bookmark titles and URLs.
Third Party Helps
You do not have to overcomplicate bookmarks issues, and many of you will probably agree with the default bookmark management options that come with your browser. However, if you need more help or extra features, it is not difficult to find.
For Chrome, at the most basic level, something like Recent Bookmarks will sort your bookmarks by the date they were added, which can fit How you work better than standard. Sprucemarks are no longer actively developed in addition to bug fixes, but it does a nice job sorting your folders and bookmarks by date or URL as well as by name.
Quite a few new tab switches will incorporate your bookmarks in one way or another – Atavi is one of the best we've come across, adding quick access options to the toolbar and presenting your saved sites with a visual flowering. As a bonus, it can also work across multiple browsers.
For Firefox, the default bookmark folder does a job – where you can save bookmarks by default – but do well, while Pearltrees bookmarks a step further with a visual interface for storing websites, as well as browser files, images and notes your. To see lots of bookmarks on the screen at the same time, try Group Card Dialing.
When it comes to increasing bookmark functionality, your add-on and expansion options are limited in Microsoft Edge and Safari. A tool we've discovered that we like is EdgeManage: It adds tons of features that Edge doesn't have yet, giving you a graphical three of your saved sites, allowing you to manipulate them in groups and more.
Then there are the apps that try and replace bookmarks completely. You're probably familiar with Pocket Mail and Instapaper, but Toby is an interesting new spin on bookmarks: It replaces the new category page in Chrome or Firefox, and lets you open open tabs in "collections" (for work, leisure, research, or whatever preferably).
Booky.io, meanwhile, keeps your bookmarks in the cloud: You have to wait for it instead of using your browser (a Chrome extension is available), but it places your bookmarks in a very nicely arranged interface as you can get on from any device.