3 Cool Tips To Get More Out of Your Bookmarks in Chrome

bookmarkslogo   3 Cool Tips To Get More Out of Your Bookmarks in ChromeBookmarks are definitely one of the most widely used features of the modern browsers. You can use them to remember a page you just found, or to create a list of pages that you might want to read later or simply create bookmarks for easy access to pages that you visit often.

Whatever be the case, here are some tips and tricks that you can use for being more productive with bookmarks in the Chrome web browser. As you might be aware, Google Chrome updates automatically without your permission or intervention. This ensures that you have the latest version of Google Chrome on your computer, which is good. The thing though, is that Chrome doesn’t display a ‘What’s new’ page like the one you see when you update Firefox.


So a lot of things go unnoticed. Chrome Bookmark Manager is now a part of Google Chrome as a result of one such update. Not many people know about it or use it, unless they have been exploring the Tools menu lately.

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Click the Wrench icon and then Bookmark Manager to bring it up. The Bookmark Manager will allow you to Add, Edit, Delete and Organize your bookmarks into folders. You can also export or import bookmarks in Chrome using the Bookmark Manager. There are no tags or keywords as you would find in Firefox’s Bookmark Manager, but we will address this shortcoming in a moment.

Add keywords to bookmarks

This has to be one of the greatest time savers and coolest feature of modern browsers. Type ‘mail’ and you are taken to your preferred email service, type ‘muo’ followed by a phrase and you are able to search MakeUseOf for that phrase. Awesome! The bookmark manager lets you do that in Firefox, in Chrome things are a little different. We use the Manage search engines functionality to achieve what we want. Intended for customizing search engines that Chrome knows of, you can use it to create keywords for bookmarks, just as well. The only caveat is that you need to copy and paste the URL yourself if you decide to create one from scratch which you have to if not using one of the already known search engines.

  • Click on Tools menu and then Options, within the Basic tab click on Manage next to Search Engines.
  • Click on the Add button and key in the necessary details (I use Gmail as an example, obviously this makes more sense for longer URLs)

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Now you can simply enter the keyword in the address bar to open the URL.

Use folders to create quick launch sets in the bookmarks bar

I like to open up a couple of news site in the morning, the first time I am at a computer. Then in my spare time, it’s Facebook, Twitter and Orkut, then there is another set when I am researching stories. Instead of keying in the URLs day in day out, or clicking on multiple bookmarks to open them, I group them into folders on the bookmarks bar and then I can open them all at once or access any one individually.

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You can create folders using the Bookmark Manager or right-click on the bookmarks bar and then drag the relevant bookmarks into the folder. Once organized, you can right-click on the folder to launch all the bookmarks it houses with a single click.

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Sync your bookmarks

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Bookmarks sync is almost rudimentary and a must have these days. Chrome offers build in synchronization for your bookmarks, preferences, themes and/or passwords and form autofill information. All you need is a Google account. Click on the Tools icon and then click Set Up Sync. Choose what you would like to sync, hook up your Google account and you are good to go. If you happen to use Chrome on any other computer, just hook up that instance of chrome to sync with the same Google account and you should be able to use your bookmarks, themes and preferences from the other instance.

Do you know of any other cool tricks or extensions that you can use with bookmarks in Chrome? We would love to hear about them in comments.

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ogito

One of the reasons way Chrome is my only browser :)

Strodtbeck

The keywords feature is implemented very poorly in Chrome compared to Firefox. While I use Chrome now I wish they would have followed Firefox on this one. In Firefox you can add the keyword to any bookmark and you don’t have to jump through this “search engine manager” that Google has going on. . .

Robt

I’ve also been using quick launch folders and it’s been working really well for me. Two that I’ve been using the most are for sites and articles that I’d like to come back to. They’re essentially folders that replace extensions like ‘readitlater’ (I think it’s still only in firefox?).

It’s primarily a productivity hack for me. Whenever there is a website or article that I’d like to explore further, but don’t have the time for now I just drop it in that folder. Then when I have the time, I ‘open all’.

Robt

I’ve also been using quick launch folders and it’s been working really well for me. Two that I’ve been using the most are for sites and articles that I’d like to come back to. They’re essentially folders that replace extensions like ‘readitlater’ (I think it’s still only in firefox?).

It’s primarily a productivity hack for me. Whenever there is a website or article that I’d like to explore further, but don’t have the time for now I just drop it in that folder. Then when I have the time, I ‘open all’.

Tommy Carlier

If you want to launch all bookmarks in a folder even faster, you can click on it using the middle mouse button. Faster than right-click + clicking a menu item.

micro sd card

Whenever there is a website or article that I want to explore further, but now I just leave that folder I have been using folders for quick start right time and it has been for me working really well. That I have been using the sites and articles that I want to come back to.

sam

very good

edmond

Good idea and useful !
Is there way to add nick name to quickly open a specific google document files ?

testing guy

It’s useful website. Thank you for info.

edmond

Good idea and useful !
Is there way to add nick name to quickly open a specific google document files ?

TechGyo

Syncing bookmarks is a great option in chrome

Bo Madsen

Is it possible to sync the Chrome Bookmarks with the Google Bookmarking service (https://www.google.com/bookmarks/)?

Bo Madsen

Is it possible to sync the Chrome Bookmarks with the Google Bookmarking service (https://www.google.com/bookmar

Edavis9

Chrome bookmark sync doesn’t work right for me. When I delete, or consolidate sites into a folder, Chrome syncs those folders back to me the next time + IT ALSO SYNCS BACK THE OLD “DELETED” OR “FOLDER ITEMS”. Perhaps I am not doing something right.

yuregininsesi

If you want to launch all bookmarks in a folder even faster, you can click on it using the middle mouse button. Faster than right-click + clicking a menu item