8 Tips to Stop Your Bookmarks Folder from Overflowing

Akshata Shanbhag 16-06-2016

Buried in bookmarks? I have been there, too. Never again though, because I now have a fail-safe system to tackle bookmarks 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 .


The trick is to stop them from piling up in the first place. Failing that, your best bet is to redirect information from bookmarks to other digital repositories.

Let’s see some easy ways in which you can adopt both these strategies and regain control over your bookmarks 3 Simple And Elegant Tricks To Stop Drowning In Your Own Bookmarks If you need rescuing from the clutches of your bookmarks, this article is for you. Manage your bookmarks with these simple logical tips, and bring some method to the madness of bookmark hoarding. Read More .

Create Topical PDFs

Let’s say that you have bookmarked a bunch of pages about learning digital art Learn Digital Art from Scratch With These 22 Lynda Courses With hundreds of online courses to choose from, is the fastest way to mastery of digital art. Here are a few courses to get you started. Read More . Why not print them to PDF and delete those bookmarks? You can use a tool like Smallpdf to merge all those PDFs into a single file. This gives you a handy primer on the subject and you have a cleaner Bookmarks folder. Win-win!

If you’re on a Mac, merging PDFs How to Create, Merge, Split & Markup PDF Documents on a Mac Don't pay for PDF software! Convert documents, merge or split PDFs, and annotate and sign forms for free on your Mac. Read More is as easy as dragging and dropping page thumbnails between files, so you can keep appending useful web pages to the original PDF instead of bookmarking them.


You could even create a magazine out of curated content Top Tools for Curating Knowledge & Publishing Shareable Content Content curation can enhance your professional reputation. For many people it's still a mystery. So, what is content curation and how can you do it properly? Read More for personal use and for sharing with others. It’s sure to be a more valuable and organized resource than a bunch of links bookmarked haphazardly.

Keep News Items Separate

News articles are rarely useful beyond a certain time bubble (for most of us anyway). Keep them separate from bookmarks of the evergreen variety using a folder, read-it-later app, or a special tag Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags Tagging your Firefox bookmarks not only makes searching faster, but there are additional benefits to using them. Here are a few great reasons to try them, along with how to set them up. Read More . You’ll then find it easier to filter content that’s no longer relevant and delete it in bulk.

If you mix up news items with your usual bookmarks, you’ll have to spend time figuring out what you can and can’t delete.

Save Articles to Your Feed Reader

If you find yourself bookmarking links from a particular website quite often, it’s time you added that website to your feed reader. You’re clearly interested in what it has to say.


Once you have subscribed to its feed, you have its archive at your fingertips. Now, in your feed reader, you can favorite any article that you would otherwise have bookmarked, or you can search for it using the feed reader’s search mechanism.

Use site-specific bookmarking systems if they’re available. For example, if you want to save this article, instead of saving it to your browser’s bookmarks, click on the Bookmark button below the article. This saves it to the My Bookmarks section of your account. You can access it via the sidebar when you’re logged into MakeUseOf.


These two approaches keep your browser’s Bookmarks folder light and your favorite links organized by the site they belong to.


Bookmark Archive Pages

When I stopped using a feed reader last year, I was afraid I’d just be trading in feed clutter for bookmark clutter. So instead of bookmarking articles on my favorite websites, I bookmarked the archive pages of those (handful of) websites.

With this approach, for each website you need to save only one bookmark instead of several and you can use the in-page search feature (Ctrl + F) to look for articles based on keywords. Of course, this works only when archived articles are listed by title.


Search More, Star Less

Once upon a time I had folders and folders and folders of bookmarks. I was meticulous about organizing them and backing them up. Every few months I’d come up with a new tagging/identification system that seemed more logical and then spend an awful amount of time rearranging bookmarks to fit this new system.


Eventually I put a stop to my crazy bookmarking/organizing cycle, deleted almost all my bookmarks, and closed my read-it-later Pocket account as well. I haven’t regretted it once.

Really, why save anything when Google or any other search engine can tell you what you need to know in just a few seconds? And if you use smart search tactics 8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times Figures don't lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it's important to make sure all of those Google users... Read More , you can get that information faster.

Tip: Use the search operator site: for site-specific searches using Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, etc. (Eg: linux)

Get into the habit of bookmarking links sparingly. If you must bookmark links in bulk, do a spot of decluttering Clearing Out Clutter Is Good For You — But Why? Decluttering is a great way to start the year feeling fresh, and it gives you a big sense of accomplishment — but there's more to it than that. This simple habit can improve your life. Read More every week while you can still remember what those links are about. Also, if you come across a page that contains some tiny bit of information you need, copy-paste that information or text snippet to a notepad or text editor, so that you have one less page to bookmark.

Move Secondary Links to a Separate App or Location

Save your browser’s bookmarking system for only the most important links or for ones that you use on a day-to-day basis. Dump all other links in a separate app to keep them out of your way most of the time.

Choose an app that has a strong search function or one that takes a visual approach to bookmarks, like Pinterest. This ensures that you won’t have to worry about creating elaborate folder structures or tagging systems and can stick with a handful of basic categories.

Use IFTTT Email Digests

For websites or links that you check every day, see if you can get them delivered to your inbox How To Use Gmail As An RSS Reader One interesting alternative to Google Reader can be found within Google -- one you know won't be going anywhere: Gmail. With a few steps, you can turn part of your inbox into an RSS reader. Read More with a daily or weekly IFTTT email digest recipe. You could stay up-to-date on your favorite sports team, get specific news items from The New York Times, or get Feedly updates in an email digest.

When you’re guaranteed to receive the information that’s useful to you (all wrapped up in a single email at that), you’ll feel free to focus your attention on other, more important things. This means no more bookmarking pages to keep up with the latest from the web and no more checking your feed reader obsessively!


Put the Web to Work

Instead of bookmarking a bunch of articles about a particular subject, say, photography, search online communities like Reddit for discussions around photography How to Improve Your Photography Skills Using Reddit Looking for the best photography advice on Reddit? Here are the best subreddits for photography to help you get started. Read More . Chances are that you’ll find all the most relevant/useful information you need in a single thread or subreddit. Bookmark it if you like, but you can always find it like you did the first time.

What My Bookmarks Folder Looks Like

After years of link hoarding, I have now whittled down my bookmarking system to something super simple:

  • Links to online tools that I use on a regular basis and all temporary bookmarks go in the (default) Favorites section in Safari; I clean out this section once a week
  • A folder labeled Starred contains 10-15 links that I refer to often and will probably never delete
  • A folder labeled Photo Links is where I have saved links to a few photo albums that I like to go through occasionally

That’s it! I could save more links elsewhere as I have suggested above, but I’m content to rely on search engines for finding almost everything.


The End of Organizing Bookmarks

Moving, tagging, arranging, and syncing bookmarks is time consuming and no fun (okay, sometimes it is). You won’t have to do much of it if you accumulate fewer bookmarks in the first place and have a system to sort them correctly right from the beginning.

What’s your strategy for saving and organizing bookmarks? How is it working out for you? Tell us whether your browser’s Bookmarks folder is lean or bloated.

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  1. Adrian
    February 14, 2018 at 4:49 am

    A tab manager such as OneTab in Chrome is very helpful, as it is a kind of automatic bookmarker and helps to avoid overuse of bookmarking your tabs. This means that recently opened tabs can be easily saved and reviewed, deleted or categorized, while tabs you want to place in proper bookmark file for the long term can be done so at your leisure, and so the temptation is not so strong to clutter up bookmarks with everything under the sun just because you don't have time to look at it now.

    I strongly recommend adding Tablii tab manager for quick tab deletion, alongside OneTab, as the ultimate duo in tab management and assistant to bookmarking. (If that is adding a couple too many extensions, you can also add 'Manage Extensions' extension which will keep only the useful extensions handy and avoid slowing down your browser. This is also handy when you want to try out and compare many bookmarking extensions, etc.).

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      February 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Having used both OneTab and an extension manager myself, I wholeheartedly recommend both! Tablii also sounds useful.

  2. George Donahue
    June 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I will probably go more high tech and make a database or a semantic network of my bookmarks.

  3. Kara
    June 18, 2016 at 6:54 am


    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 28, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Of course! I'd consider the app less important than the system itself though :)

  4. Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 5:42 am

    At first sight, this seems to replace a minor problem with an even bigger one. That is: Instead of having a big bookmark-file, you spread all the important stuff over several apps and file-formats. In my experience, this is one of the worst ways to organise your notes, as you'll never be sure where a certain item might be.

    The absolute best ways (for me) to organise bookmarks (and other notes) looks like thsi:

    - use as few apps as possible (not more than 2, one would be ideal).
    - don't use folders, as they're a big fail when it comes to organising highly diverse stuff.
    - use a tagging system *that is logical to you*.

    Up to now I haven't found a better way to organise pieces of information. Oh, and there is another extremely important point: Don't use any system that forces you to use "sluggish" apps. My example would be Evernote. There's an inofficial client for Linux, but it's god-awfully slow and so I have completely stopped using Everynote, because using the desktop-client is a pita.
    At the moment, my main way of saving notes is by an app called "SimpleNote", which hs the advantage that can be used on most every OS. Which leads to another important point. don't use a system where your information is stored only on one of your devices. The extra step to manually copy the info to another device manually will almost surely kill your system.

    The are still some problems. SimpleNotes' tagging-system is quite rudimentary and it's easy to accidentally use slightly different tags over time, so you may not find what you're looking for. And it only allows textnotes (no multi-media content) which is probably not that good for academic research. But for simply saving information that you may need to find sometime later, it is quite good.

  5. Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I use to manage all of my bookmarks, it is a great free service with apps for chrome and firefox and apps for Android and iOS too.

    This is the description on their about us page:

    "We exist to make your web browsing a little easier by helping you save and organize your bookmarks into collections called boards. Inside each board, you can have multiple categories with related links. Use these boards to build a collection of bookmarks related to a topic. Maybe a collection of your favorite blogs or blog posts about a subject, or a collection of bookmarks about science and technology."

    The chrome extension replaces the new tab page and loads instantly, really great service.

    10/10 in my book.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 28, 2016 at 7:38 am

      I have heard great things about Papaly. Thank you for highlighting it, Shane.

  6. Anonymous
    June 17, 2016 at 12:09 am

    So instead of managing just your bookmarks, you want to manage PDFs, feeds, bookmarks, saved articles, etc?! Sounds like a lot of extra managing.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 17, 2016 at 4:14 am

      Haha...not really. You don't have to do it all. It's more to force yourself think about what you're bookmarking and help cut down on saving every single thing in your primary bookmarks and not having to look at unimportant stuff everyday. Using a secondary app keeps it out of your way. The less you like the app the better ;)