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We all save websites, articles, and specific pages. We keep hilarious online videos, mark our favorite shopping sites, and hold onto reference materials.

The list goes on and on for those things we bookmark and save, plus everyone organizes those bookmarks differently. It can easily get out of control How To Manage 17 Years Of Bookmarks How To Manage 17 Years Of Bookmarks Bookmarks seem to accumulate over time, growing into collections of hundreds or thousands over the years. If you only have a handful of bookmarks, this article isn’t for you – this is for the people... Read More unless you put your bookmarks where they belong as soon as you save them.

But, what really is the best way to save and organize them? Here are a few creative ways to do so, depending on your style and browser use.

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Start With Your Bookmark Bar

Starting with this handy little area of your browser is the best way to begin. This is where your most-used bookmarks belong; those sites, pages, and places you visit every day.

Whether it is your preferred news website, email client, or office intranet, make sure this convenient bar is clean and ready to go. Just a tip, changing the names of those bookmarks can save you some space so that more can be added.

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Plus, if yours contain favicons for the sites you may not need a name at all, giving you even more room for others. You can also include your most-used folders here or even all of them if you do not have many, making all of your bookmarks easily accessible.

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The bookmark bar is easily customizable in most browsers. But, in Safari it works a bit differently by default because it is displayed as a sidebar that you can either hide or show.

There is a very nice extension for Safari; however, that can give you that bookmark bar right across the top. ButtonBar+ allows you to set up to 20 bookmarks with colored labels, dividers, and toolbar styling.

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Once you have your bookmark bar configured just how you want it, the rest of your bookmarks will fall into their own structure. How you do that is up to you, but we have provided some helpful suggestions below.

As Easy As A, B, C

Many people can benefit from an alphabetical list of bookmarks and this structure is often used for very organized individuals. Whether you decide to incorporate folders into the structure or not, listing out your saved items alphabetically makes sense.

From Amazon to Zoobooks, you can quickly get to the site you want. The trick with this approach is that when you save your next bookmark, be sure that the name is correct. Often times when saving an article or page, the default name that appears may not make the most sense.

For example, when you look at the list below, you can see that one restaurant bookmark begins with “http” by default. The same goes for those beginning with “Welcome to” and “Daily specials”. This will not be much help when looking for any of these restaurant names. So, just be sure when saving bookmarks that the name makes the most sense for what you would look for in your alphabetical list.

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Go With a Theme

Another popular way to go is organizing your bookmarks by theme or category. Having all of your music-related, online shopping, financial institutions, and local services organized into folders by those themes makes them very easy to find.

Taking it a step further, you can create subfolders as well. For example, using restaurants again, you might create subfolders within a Food folder for Restaurants, Recipes, and Cooking Shows. Then within Restaurants you might create additional subfolders for American, European, and Seafood. However you decide to create your subfolders, using a themed structure is a great way to go.

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For Visual People

There are plenty of people who are more visual with their items and recognize colors or symbols over words much quicker. If you are one of these people, then organizing your bookmarks by the color of the favicon Your Favorite Icons: 14 Favicons That Stand Out From The Crowd Your Favorite Icons: 14 Favicons That Stand Out From The Crowd Once you start noticing favicons, you realize how much they differ. Most are boring, predictable, and instantly forgettable. But some are good enough to stand out from the crowd. Read More might be perfect for you. Although this will not work with the bookmarks you have in Safari as the icons are not visible in your sidebar, it will work for the other browsers.

For example, you know that Facebook’s icon is blue, Google+ has a red one, and Vine’s is green. If you prefer to organize by those colors rather than using a Social folder to hold them all, then here is how that can work for you.

Create folders for each primary color: blue, red, and green. Then, create a folder for multi for those icons that display in a few colors without one distinguishable color. Move your bookmarks into each folder based on their primary favicon 2 Add-ons You Can Use To Help Manage Favicons [Firefox] 2 Add-ons You Can Use To Help Manage Favicons [Firefox] It's awfully frustrating when you've got a website that you really love and would like to keep sitting in your bookmarks toolbar, but there's no favicon attached to the website that would set it apart... Read More color.

Next, if you like, you can organize those bookmarks with subfolders, in alphabetical order, by theme, or another method that you will recognize. It may seem odd to many people, but some really do recognize colors quicker than words, so this approach would work well for them.

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One downfall to this method is what to do when sites or pages do not contain favicons, but you could just create a separate folder for those. Another option is to just put them into the color group that you mentally associate with them. For example, you might associate your bank’s website with the color green for money.

Use Them When You Need Them

Another way to keep your bookmarks ordered so that you can access what you want when you want is to structure them by usage. What does that mean, you ask? Similar to how you can organize your bookmark bar from left to right with those you use first each morning to those you use last, you can structure your other bookmarks the same way.

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Here is a real-world example for shopping online for your pet supplies. Scooter needs a new chew toy and you normally check five different websites for the best deal. You always check Amazon first, Petco second, Dog.com third, and so on.

So, why not organize your bookmarks in the order you use them? It would probably not work as well if you just have an enormous list of unsorted bookmarks, but it could easily be useful when organizing within folders and subfolders.

Bookmark Tools

If you use Firefox Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Firefox Bookmarks Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Firefox Bookmarks I don’t know about you, but I still use browser bookmarks on a daily basis. There are people out there who claim that browser bookmarks have become obsolete with the advent of online bookmarking, social... Read More and would like a little help sorting your bookmarks, give the Auto-Sort Bookmarks extension a try. You can choose the sort order and configure which folders to include, for example, you might include folders in your toolbar but exclude those in your unsorted bookmarks.

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For Opera users Opera 19 Brings A Quick Access Bookmarks Bar & A Growing Add-ons Gallery Opera 19 Brings A Quick Access Bookmarks Bar & A Growing Add-ons Gallery Opera has not only moved to the Google browser engine but also slimmed down by dropping a number of features. The earlier ubiquitous bookmarks bar feature has been brought back in a new stable release. Read More , the -O- Bookmarks extension works well. It places a bookmark icon in your address bar allowing you to name the bookmark and select its location from all current spots and folders. You can also open the Bookmark Manager in your full window to maintain it further.

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In Chrome Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks Chrome has a number of features to help you sync, easily access, manage, sort, and tidy your bookmarks. Some people manage just fine without bookmarks, but not most of us. If you use the Chrome... Read More , you can use the Bookmark Manager from Google extension. This works very similar to the Opera extension mentioned.

When you select the star icon from your address bar, you can choose where to house the bookmark and even add a note. If you want to see all of your bookmarks in a grid or list format or would like to edit them, just click View All Bookmarked Items.

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Safari users might like the Mojave extension. Although this does not appear to go back and allow you to sort your existing bookmarks, it is a helpful way to save items with more organization moving forward.

Your bookmarks are displayed on a page and you can create collections, which are like folders. You can also decide whether or not to save bookmarks with the favicon.

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Do You Organize Your Bookmarks?

There are some who do not bother to organize their bookmarks, either they do not have many or just do not care to spend the time rearranging them. Is this you?

Or, do you prefer to organize them a specific way? Do you already use one of these methods? Share your thoughts with us below.

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  1. Kerry
    August 28, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I recently found BookmarkOS.com and it's amazing so far! It's like an online desktop that is optimized for your bookmarks

  2. k-swiz
    April 16, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Here's a question; what if you already bookmarked a bunch of tabs to a toolbar folder, now that folder is too long to conveniently find things, so you want to further break them down into more specific folders in the toolbar? You cant seem to highlight a few files at a time to drag and drop into a new bookmark. So do you have to just keep opening each one at a time and re-save it in the new bookmark folder? I feel like that cant be right...I cant be the only one to want this lol

  3. Suraj
    February 4, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Often the requirement for me to save stuff usually happens on mobile than on desktop. So bookmarking and organizing on chrome or safari did not work for me. Hence, I am using cubeit.io
    Here I can not only organize my bookmarks but also share it with people. And in addition to that, it gives me the choice of saving not just URL but photos, videos, etc etc.

  4. n8wachT insighT
    September 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I guess my suggestion is a bit more than just the basic principle of bookmarking... But it's like the only platform I still use- so.. it works!

    'Radio3 is a cross-platform linkblogging tool. Your links go to Facebook, Twitter and a new feature-full RSS feed that will make it possible to build new innovative networks on the open web web. '

    Micro-blogging- check out my linkblog: http://radio3.io/users/n8wachT/

    I do know that this won't work when you have to find a certain url back after years of doin' blogging like this. But I settled down with that- found an innerpeace. Besides, the linkblog itself looks very clean and tidy at first sight.

    ( http://radio3.io )

    Greetings,

    an OwL

  5. Gearóid Ged Carroll
    September 20, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I use pinboard.in for bookmark management. This uses tags and is searchable

  6. Gilbert J.
    September 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    My primary browser is Chrome. I use a speed dial extension, FVD Speed Dial, for quick access to most-visited sites. I used to have just one speed dial page, but now I have the default page, which includes frequently visited sites like Make Use Of, a "Tools" page, which includes things like VirusTotal, and an "Others" page, which includes less-often visited sites like Amazon. The "Default" page appears in every new tab.
    On my bookmarks bar I have "Favorites", five email providers (which show as just icons), a Google Translate bookmarklet, and "Other bookmarks" "Other bookmarks" functions as a reading list. Once I go back to something there it either gets deleted or moved to a permanent home under "Favorites". "Favorites" contains +/- 3600 bookmarks organized in 34 primary folders (arranged alphabetically), each of which is divided, if necessary, into sub-folders (arranged alphabetically), which may themselves be divided into further sub-folders (again arranged alphabetically). The bookmarks themselves are mostly web pages rather than web sites, and are not arranged alphabetically, although I sometimes group closely related items together. If it appears that a particular folder is becoming too large and unwieldy, I'll either carve off some of the contents into a new sub-folder at the same level, or promote the original sub-folder to a higher level and sort the contents into new lower-level sub-folders. I'm still using the old-style Chrome bookmarks set-up. I found the new one to be very slow, inconvenient and awkward to use.

  7. Jeff Schallenberg
    September 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I use a start page, Only2Clicks.com, to organize sites by category - sites I definitely want to visit more than once. Only2Clicks lets me add a thumbnail graphic to rapidly select saved pages within a tab (category). And adding new pages within a category, and adding new categories, is dead simple.

    For pages I just want to read later, one time, there is Pocket.

    Only2Clicks and Pocket are the only bookmarks I need!

  8. Bart Miller
    September 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Off-topic but could someone fix the RSS feed? The content always shows this and nothing else:

    "...Please enter your email address.

    You will receive a link to create a new password via email.

    Please enter your email address.

    You will receive a confirmation link."

    • James Bruce
      September 21, 2015 at 7:40 am

      Hi Bart. There's no issues with our actual RSS feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/makeuseof - however it sounds like you're using a third party site to get full text version. Obviously, I we can't support that, so try switching out the feed URL to the one above.

  9. Pravin S
    September 19, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I have bookmarked this :p

  10. likefun butnot
    September 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I organize based on nested folders in my bookmarks bar. That's the way I've always done it. General Interest, News, Tech, Funny, Blogs, Awesome, Downloads, Work, Smut, Media, Bookmarklets, Site-Specific, Art. Within each folder there are more folders. This works very well for me.

    At one time I had my own scripts for copying my bookmarks between computers and operating systems but now I just install Xmarks for those times I need my browser profile set up on IE or Chrome instead of Palemoon.

  11. Yodi Collins
    September 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I use a bookmarking site called Pearltrees. I have so many bookmarks that the toolbar just won't cut it. I also create apps in Windows 10 from frequented sites using Google Chrome.

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