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combine bookmarkletsBookmarklets are probably one of the most useful things on the Internet today. A small trinket of code saved as a bookmark can enable you to perform some truly incredible tasks, which makes your web browsing a walk in the park. At MUO, we have covered bookmarklets like Printliminator, Readability and Quix Add More Power To Your Bookmarklets With Quix Add More Power To Your Bookmarklets With Quix Read More , and your feedback has told us that they are just as useful as we make them out to be.

However, one serious problem with bookmarklets is the amount of space they take up. It’s OK if you have only a couple of bookmarklets lying around on your toolbar, but if you are a power user, you probably have tons of bookmarklets cramming up the entire width of your toolbar, thereby denying you from using the toolbar for other purposes.


Today, we will take a look at Bookmarklet Combiner, which enables a user to combine bookmarklets into one. The end result is one tiny little button, which will provide you with all the functionality that you need.

  • First, go to the Bookmarklet Combiner website. You will be greeted with a simple, friendly interface, which you can use to combine bookmarklets.

bookmarklet combiner

What you need to do next is fetch the exact URL/code for each of the bookmarklets that you want to combine. You can do this in one of two ways.

  • The first way is to go to the website from where you got the bookmarklet and copy the code from there.
  • The second way (and much quicker) is to simply look up its properties from your browser. Just right-click whatever bookmarklet it is that you want to use and click on “Edit” or “Properties” or something similar. Then copy the URL/code to which the bookmarklet points.

In the example below, I’ve used all the bookmarklets that I normally use and pasted them into the Bookmarklet Combiner.

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combine bookmarklets

Next, you will want to select how you want to combine bookmarklets. Again, you have two options.

  • The first one enables you to run all of them at once. This may be used to perform multiple actions on a page. For example, you could combine Readability and another bookmarklet that creates a PDF of the result using this method.
  • The second method enables you to select individual items from a drop-down list. This is the option we are using for this example. You can also specify the location where you want the menu to be displayed.

bookmarklet combiner

  • Finally, name your new bookmarklet. I like the name “X” as it is very minimalist in nature. As soon as you enter the name, your bookmarklet will show up at the bottom of the screen. Drag this bookmarklet to your toolbar to install it. And don’t forget to delete your old bookmarklets as you won’t be needing them anymore.

bookmarklet combiner

  • You can click on the “Save” button at the bottom of the screen to permanently store your custom bookmarklet on the servers of Bookmarklet Combiner. This way, you can use a single URL to share your bookmarklet with the world.  Below you can see the result of our little handiwork.

combine bookmarklets

Now that you know how to combine your bookmarklets, go ahead and have fun reducing all the clutter in your bookmarks toolbar. And if you come up with some particularly nice ways to combine bookmarklets, do share the URL with us in the comments.

Image Credit : Flickr.

  1. John
    July 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    You also said that this doesn't require the creation of a folder. Right-click on Bookmark Toolbar, Create Folder, Name it, drag existing Bookmarklets onto the folder. Seems a lot simpler then going to a site and cutting and pasting URLs into a form. And the end result looks the same (almost) and takes the same real estate on the toolbar.

    I've been an avid reader of MUO for years and have found many a neat tip or trick that I still use. This one just doesn't seem to be of the same caliber (IMHO).

    I hope this post doesn't come across as negative - I'm just not seeing this as a good, useful add-on.
    -John

  2. John
    July 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I haven't tried combining multiple bookmarklets into one as that wouldn't save any space. In your example, Readability & PDF, I would still need to have the 2 bookmarklets available separately as I don't always want to combine them.

    Do you actually have any combined bookmarklets? How well do they work for you? Without any worth while examples, this just seems to be a more complicated way of doing things.

  3. Ars Nova
    July 20, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I use a simple folder for all my bookmarklet as well. More reliable and easy than an external server.

  4. Abhigyan
    July 19, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Sure John, that's also a method you can use. This is just an alternate that doesn't require the creation of a folder. More importantly, you can combine multiple bookmarklets into one to be executed one after the other, which would save you a lot of clicks.

    • John
      July 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

      I haven't tried combining multiple bookmarklets into one as that wouldn't save any space. In your example, Readability & PDF, I would still need to have the 2 bookmarklets available separately as I don't always want to combine them.

      Do you actually have any combined bookmarklets? How well do they work for you? Without any worth while examples, this just seems to be a more complicated way of doing things.

      • John
        July 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

        You also said that this doesn't require the creation of a folder. Right-click on Bookmark Toolbar, Create Folder, Name it, drag existing Bookmarklets onto the folder. Seems a lot simpler then going to a site and cutting and pasting URLs into a form. And the end result looks the same (almost) and takes the same real estate on the toolbar.

        I've been an avid reader of MUO for years and have found many a neat tip or trick that I still use. This one just doesn't seem to be of the same caliber (IMHO).

        I hope this post doesn't come across as negative - I'm just not seeing this as a good, useful add-on.
        -John

        • Abhigyan
          July 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm

          Well, I have combined to bookmarklets like I've shown in the example above. It helps me archive articles for later reading a lot many times. And regarding your feedback, it's OK if it's negative. Keeps us on our toes.

  5. John
    July 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Am I missing something....

    In Firefox, this isn't needed. Simply right-click on the Bookmark Toolbar and select 'New Folder'. Give it a Name like 'X'. Now Drag your Bookmarklets/Bookmarks from the Toolbar and drop them onto the X. You can also drag right from the URL field to the X. (No need to open properties and copy).

    To access, click on the X and you'll have a drop down menu.

    This seems so much easier and faster then Bookmarklet Combiner.

    I also have Stylish installed and there is a style at userstyles.org called "Bookmarks Toolbar" which makes all Bookmark folders Bold and Navy Blue to stand out from the regular bookmarks.

    -John Major

  6. John
    July 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Am I missing something....

    In Firefox, this isn't needed. Simply right-click on the Bookmark Toolbar and select 'New Folder'. Give it a Name like 'X'. Now Drag your Bookmarklets/Bookmarks from the Toolbar and drop them onto the X. You can also drag right from the URL field to the X. (No need to open properties and copy).

    To access, click on the X and you'll have a drop down menu.

    This seems so much easier and faster then Bookmarklet Combiner.

    I also have Stylish installed and there is a style at userstyles.org called "Bookmarks Toolbar" which makes all Bookmark folders Bold and Navy Blue to stand out from the regular bookmarks.

    -John Major

  7. Abhigyan
    July 16, 2010 at 5:15 am

    You're welcome Rob!

  8. Robert Moreno
    July 15, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Awesome little tool. Thanks for sharing :D

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