3 Quick Tips for a Better & More Useful Bookmarks Bar

Ben Stegner 30-12-2015

Your browser’s bookmarks bar is useful for keeping your often-accessed links near at hand Creative Ways You Need to Try to Organize Your Bookmarks But, what really is the best way to save and organize bookmarks? Here are a few creative ways to do so, depending on your style and browser use. Read More . With a couple of quick modifications, you can make it even better. Here are three quick tips to get more out of it.

  1. When you add a site to the bookmarks bar, try leaving the name field blank. By default, the name is the page’s title, and this could be something really long and ugly. Leaving it blank means that only the icon remains, saving you a ton of space. If your browser forces you to enter a name, try one space or the first letter of the site’s name instead.
  2. Remember that you can bookmark any specific URL, not just a site’s main page. One big example is YouTube’s subscriptions page — you probably care more about what people you have subscribed to are uploading rather than what YouTube thinks you want to see. Or, try changing your Wikipedia bookmark to their random page to see something new every time you visit the site. Make your bookmarks go exactly where you want them to!
  3. You don’t have to have your bookmarks bar on the screen permanently. In Chrome, you can press Ctrl + Shift + B to show or hide the bar. If you’re giving a presentation 5 Powerpoint Tips to Improve Your Presentation Skills Overnight You step up to the podium. Your palms are sweaty, your heart is racing, and just as you're about to open your mouth and speak, your mind goes blank. Need help? Read More , you can hide it as you don’t need to show everyone your bookmarks. Or, if you’re working with a small computer, minimize the bookmarks bar when you don’t need it for more screen real estate.

With some work, you can make your bookmarks bar more efficient 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 and make browsing the Web even better!

What tricks do you use for a better bookmarks bar? Let us know what we missed in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I stopped using the Bookmarks Bar after I discovered Symbaloo and made it my homepage. My page has 84 'bookmarks' blocks and each block when clicked on can be sub-re-sized to hold up to 16 sub-blocks for 16 bookmarks each.

    84 blocks X 16 sub-blocks = 1,344 bookmarks categorized on my homepage plus you can create additional titled tabs for different subjects like Tech, Videos, Food, News etc.

    Actually, since my links open in different tabs, I do use the bookmarks bar occasionally for:

    #1. URL shortening and, #2. URL deciphering. The 'Folder' suggestion by richg wasn't enough for me.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 12, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Good to hear there's yet another way! That sounds useful too and frees up your bookmarks bar for other things.

  2. Jeff A. Rooker
    December 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Totally straight, richg! You can even nestle folders! My bar, from left to right, is Apps, BK 3.0 (Book 3.0), BK 3.1 (Book 3.1), ect. Then following on the right side is Old 1 (Archive 1), Old 2 (Archive 2), ect. When I fill up a 'set' of 'books' of bookmarks (i.e. 3.0 - 3.9), I then roll them up into another archive. And yes, Chrome will unpack a nestled set of folders like this upon a cursor hover. I literally have THOUSANDS of bookmarks on Chrome, and ALL of them are on the bar - just two clicks away! ;)

    • Ben Stegner
      January 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      That sounds a bit hard to manage, but if it works for you that's awesome! I have a few folders but nothing that extreme :)

  3. richg
    December 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I don't know about other browsers, but with Chrome, you can use folders on your bookmarks bar to sort things better.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Great tip! Folders let you stack down instead of sideways on your bar and can give you even more space.

  4. Anonymous
    December 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Some other random useful tips:

    * click and drag the site's favicon from the address bar to the bookmark bar to quickly save it. Useful sometimes if you want to use your bookmarks bar as a quick "read it later" section.

    * you can also save JavaScript commandlets to your bookmarks bar. For example, Pocket has one that you can get from, so it's a one click button to save a page to read later. Handy if you'd rather avoid installing their extension.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Two great tips I also use! There wasn't enough room for them in this short post, but you're absolutely right. Bookmarklets are awesome and help you avoid overloading on extensions.