20 Must-Have Bookmarklets For Your Web Browser

my bookmarklets   20 Must Have Bookmarklets For Your Web BrowserAs we’ve mentioned here before at Make Use Of, bookmarklets are easy to use additions to your web browsers that add functionality to websites or make it easier to perform tasks such as bookmarking to social sites or changing the way websites appear in the browser. Run with Javascript, these useful lightweight pieces of code can make your online life a lot easier.

Backup your bookmarks – and bookmarklets – and use these recommended bookmarklets across all platforms. All bookmarklets were tested on Firefox 3.5 and Safari 4.

Here’s our list of 20 must-have bookmarklets for your browser – feel free to add your suggestions in the comments!

To add a recommended bookmarklet to your browser, click on the bookmarklet and drag and drop to your bookmarks toolbar. Want to save space? Organize your bookmarklets into a folder in your bookmarks toolbar.

  1. Share on Tumblr – A custom bookmarklet to clip pictures and quotes to a Tumblr tumblelog.
  2. MapThis – Highlight addresses and click on the bookmarklet to generate a Google map of the address.
  3. Bookmaplet – Similar to MapThis, highlight an address in your browser and click on the bookmarklet. It will automatically open a Google Map with the address.
  4. Share on Facebook – Quickly share websites, links and videos on Facebook.
  5. Spell Check – Activate Firefox’s built-in spell checker in any static website. Great for proofreading websites before they are published or double checking someone else’s work.
  6. twitthat! – Share websites, links and videos to your Twitter account.
  7. bit.ly – Shorten links and get great statistics on how many clicks they get with this handy URL shortener. (bit.ly is also the default URL shortener of Twitter.)
  8. Boxqueue – Add videos to your Boxee Queue for viewing later. You must have a Google account and Boxee account to make this bookmarklet work. Visit the My Feeds section in Boxee to watch your saved videos.
  9. Twitter Reactions – Read reactions on Twitter about the page you are currently viewing with this bookmarklet.
  10. Darken – Invert the colors on webpages with a simple click. Some people prefer dark backgrounds and light text, so this bookmarklet’s for you.
  11. BugMeNot – Stop registering for websites and use BugMeNot’s database of usernames and passwords to sign in to “registered users only” websites, like news sites.
  12. GmailThis! – Automatically share links via your Gmail account without having to copy/paste the link.
  13. getASIN – Make Amazon Affiliate links quickly. Just replace usernamehere with your affiliate ID.
  14. WordPress Comments – Fill in the comment form on WordPress powered sites. Change values to your name, email address and blog URL.
  15. Clip to Evernote – Save clips of websites to the popular notebook software Evernote.
  16. DiggThis! – Quickly add new sites to Digg.
  17. Remove Bloat – Remove bloat from websites such as music, background images and more.
  18. Subscribe in Google Reader – Subscribe to RSS feeds in Google Reader, skipping the “Google Reader or iGoogle” selection page.
  19. Google Bookmark – Bookmark websites to your Google Bookmarks account.
  20. Readability – Click on this bookmarklet to clean up websites and make them more readable.

Some other great resources for recommended bookmarklets (other than nagging the tech guy at your job) include: Bookmarklets.com, marklets.com, and Jesse’s Bookmarklets Site.

Which bookmarklets do you use?

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J

PrintWhatYouLike: printwhatyoulike.com/

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rage77

Alternatively on Firefox I’d just recommend installing Ubiquity and have all those and even more commands at your disposal.

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passerby101

I can think of other ones: All-in-One video for youtube or dailymotion; ShareThis for sharing articles to other services (twitter, facebook, friendfeed, etc)

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Ellie Harrison

I can’t find the bookmarklet on the ShareThis website. Do you have a direct link?

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passerby101

I don’t have the site, just the bookmarklet:

javascript:var%20e=document.createElement(‘script’);e.setAttribute(‘language’,’javascript’);e.setAttribute(‘src’,’http://sharethis.com/share/load’);document.body.appendChild(e);void(0);

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Chris

You can try ShareIn (Free), they offer a simple sharing bookmarklet

or Shareaholic, they offer bookmarklet as well, and it’s also free.

I hope this proves to be of use

:]

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Jim

I think #2 is broken.

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B. Moore

DITTO

MapThis! the 2nd bookmarklet is broken!

here is what the code should be:

javascript:(function(){x=document;y=window;if(x.selection)%20{Q=x.selection.createRange().text;}%20else%20if%20(y.getSelection)%20{Q=y.getSelection();}%20else%20if%20(x.getSelection)%20{Q=x.getSelection();};m=’http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=’+encodeURIComponent(Q);y.open(m,’_blank’,”);})();

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Heiko

Unfortunately this code doesn’t work for me. Someone else have a working bookmarklet to open highlighted adresses in google maps?

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Chris

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Kevin-K

What about the youtube video download link?

javascript:if(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/)){document.location.href=’http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=’+(isHDAvailable?’22′:’18′)+’&video_id=’+swfArgs['video_id']+’&t=’+swfArgs['t']}

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Robert Sanchez

Since most of the bookmarklets in the list (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can be accessed through ping.fm, I use the ping.fm bookmarket made by this guy. The only problem with it is that you need to logon ping.fm at the start of the day everyday.

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Joerg

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dcgirl

The “remove bloat” link doesn’t seem to work.

As for downloading YouTube videos you can get the plug-in “download helper” to work with firefox and it will download any YT video in .flv format. Can also automatically reformat.

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Joel

Or, you could just use one of AddThis’ bookmarklets: uat.addthis.com/tools/bookmarklets

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Dave

I use Remember Password to turn off autocomplete and onsubmit blocks websites have on user IDs and passwords. With Firefox, it allows the browser to fill in the ID and password from its password store.

I’ve used it for so long I no longer remember the website.

Note that this is not recommended for any computer that you don’t control full time.

javascript:(function(){var%20ca,cea,cs,df,dfe,i,j,x,y;function%20n(i,what){return%20i+%22%20%22+what+((i==1)?%22%22:%22s%22)}ca=cea=cs=0;df=document.forms;for(i=0;i<df.length;++i){x=df[i];dfe=x.elements;if(x.onsubmit){x.onsubmit=%22%22;++cs;}if(x.attributes[%22autocomplete%22]){x.attributes[%22autocomplete%22].value=%22on%22;++ca;}for(j=0;j<dfe.length;++j){y=dfe[j];if(y.attributes[%22autocomplete%22]){y.attributes[%22autocomplete%22].value=%22on%22;++cea;}}}alert(%22Removed%20autocomplete=off%20from%20%22+n(ca,%22form%22)+%22%20and%20from%20%22+n(cea,%22form%20element%22)+%22,%20and%20removed%20onsubmit%20from%20%22+n(cs,%22form%22)+%22.%20After%20you%20type%20your%20password%20and%20submit%20the%20form,%20the%20browser%20will%20offer%20to%20remember%20your%20password.%22)})();

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Eric

Add this bookmarklet for instantly finding similar websites:

javascript:location.href=’http://similar-site.com/search.php?URL=’+encodeURIComponent(document.location.href);

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Eric Hsu

Add this bookmarklet for instant search for similar URLs:

javascript:location.href=’http://similar-site.com/search.php?URL=’+encodeURIComponent(document.location.href);

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Dasein

stumbleupon is a great one

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