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Bookmarks aren’t dead yet. Give me the convenience of setting one up with a single click any day over logging into an online bookmarking service. But yes, the same convenience leads to a lifetime of bad habits. Those little URLs have a nasty habit of piling up. You know that one day, you have to roll up your sleeves and manage your stockpile of bookmarks 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 . But if that day hasn’t arrived yet, do bookmark Chris’ Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks 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 as a ready reference.

You just might ask yourself that day – how the heck will I search for that useful article in the haystacks of my old bookmarks? Worry not, because in this article I am going to give you three of the best Chrome extensions that can do the rummaging for you. You won’t need to get all sweaty and puffy. It’s all done with a keystroke so to speak.


Could a search tool be more appropriately named? If you have been complaining about Chrome extensions that look like weekend projects, then you just might be surprised by Holmes. Neat and spiffy is how I would describe it. Quite like our detective when he had a hot lead to work on. Watson is there too as the latest version of the Chrome search extension brings omnibox integration.

The omnibox integration means that you don’t need to click the extension’s icon, but simply type “*” [without the double quotes] in the omnibox and press tab. Holmes activates for you to type in the keyword and search your bookmarks. Go down to the right bookmark and hit Enter to open the page. It is that simple. To make it simpler, Holmes also comes armed with a few shortcut keys. For instance:

  • Use Ctrl + Enter to open bookmark in background and leave Holmes open.
  • Keyword “new:” gives you 20 recent bookmarks. “new:[your search phrase]” finds from bookmarks and sorts results as newest first.

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Holmes also removes bookmarklets from the search (can be toggled), to reduce the mish-mash in the search results. I think this one is for keeps if you have loads of bookmarks to wade through.

Neater Bookmarks

Neater Bookmarks is a leap in the right direction from the problematic Neat Bookmarks that piggybacked advertisements. Neater Bookmarks is clean and elegant. Click the icon and it gives you a nice searchable pop-up (or are they pop-downs) with all your bookmark folders and sub-folders. But the way to speed search through your bookmarks is to search the bookmarks from the address bar i.e. the omnibox – just type an “*” [without the double quotes] in the omnibox followed by a space or a press on the Tab.

Neater Bookmarks lets you move the folders around if you want to organize them impromptu. As you can see from the screen below, a right-click helps you do a few more things.

Holmes might look more elegant but Neater Bookmarks wins a few Brownie points because it gives you a few options to tinker with. One of the very handier ones is that it remembers the last opened folder and the scroll position. If you know your CSS then you can also set your own custom styles in the options. Also, with the same keyword, Neater Bookmarks also searches folder names while Holmes goes only for the URLs and domain names.


You can ditch the asterisk now. Quickmarks does a speed search through your tree of bookmarks with a ‘b’. Simply type ‘b keyword’ [without the quotes] to open the bookmark in current tab. As Quickmarks uses keywords to access the bookmarks, you can go manual and add a single or double letter keyword to the name of the bookmark. For instance – you can right click your MakeUseOf bookmark and choose edit, change its name to MakeUseOf [MU]. Typing in MU after the ‘b’ launches the bookmark.

It is the simplest of the three, but I frankly don’t see you looking beyond the first two.

The Simple Manual Way to Create Your Own Bookmark Engine

Don’t want to load your browser with yet another extension? Want to keep the browser light? Here’s the manual way to insert your own simple bookmark engine that you can launch with a simple click. Not as fancy as Holmes or Neater Bookmarks, but it gets the job done. Follow the steps…

1. Go to Settings – Search – Click on Manage search engines…

2. Using the three fields for Other search engines, you can create your own. Enter these three parameters:

  • Search Engine Name: My Bookmarks
  • Keyword: b
  • URL: chrome://bookmarks/?#q=%s

3. Click on Done.

From the omnibox, you can hit ‘b’ and then the space bar followed by a keyword to search amongst your bookmarks. Voila.

The good news is that bookmarks are still very useful. The bad news is that you have to put some effort to keep the in good health. But then the best news is that there are tools to keep the Chrome bookmarks bar simple and organized 3 Steps To An Organized & Simplistic Chrome Bookmarks Bar 3 Steps To An Organized & Simplistic Chrome Bookmarks Bar Who doesn't love bookmarks? The promise to remember an interesting website and visit it later when you will have more time to enjoy it. The endeavor would be easier if you hadn't bookmarked several hundred... Read More (or you could just take your best bookmarks to a new tab page The Idiot's Guide To Adding Website Bookmarks On Your Google Chrome New Tab Page The Idiot's Guide To Adding Website Bookmarks On Your Google Chrome New Tab Page For the past couple of years now, I have more or less been exclusively using Google Chrome as my day-to-day work browser. It is simply one of the best products that Google has ever produced.... Read More ).

If your bookmarks are organized, then to access them quickly and stay productive, all it needs is a keystroke. What do you think about these three Chrome bookmark management extensions that let you open your saved URLs with a keystroke?


  1. Victor Ong
    February 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Very cool trick to use keywords! Definetly one of my favorite articles.

    *Ahem*... bookmarked it :P

  2. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 27, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I was using Xmarks long time ago, however I've realized that some of my bookmarks has gone :( So I don't use it anymore, I just trust and use Firefox's own bookmark sync. I have thousands of bookmarks by the way.

  3. Jeremy Garnett
    February 27, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I've been signed up to xmarks for some time, but unfortunately it doesn't have good bookmark management features - especially when I have 5k+ bookmarks. What I'd actually like to find, is an offline bookmarks manager.

  4. Garris Rago
    February 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I've just started using quickmarks and will never turn back, It's exactly what I've been needing!

    I wish there was a page you can set as your new tab (incorporated into the browser) with a bunch of screens that link to the websites you set them to, and the screens are just pictures of the website and you have four screens but if you include more the screens become smaller and greater in population - just an idea! Or does anybody know if there is an app / website that does this (I'm thinking someone may know a website that allows something similar and you can set it as your new tab page)

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