Everything You Need to Know About Managing Chrome Bookmarks

Chris Hoffman 01-02-2013

manage chrome bookmarksBookmarks help make the web manageable – instead of sitting down to a blank browser window, you have an easy menu of your favorite websites The 100+ Best Websites on the Internet Here are the best websites on the internet to serve every one of your needs, broken into convenient categories for easy browsing. Read More right in front of you. 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 browser — and bookmarks — we’ll help you make maximum use of bookmarks in Chrome. Bookmarks are deceptively simple, but there’s a lot you can do with them.

Sync Your Bookmarks

Chrome allows you to easily sync your bookmarks across all your devices. Just sign in with your Google account from the Settings screen. When sync is enabled, bookmarks you add or delete will be instantly added to or deleted from connected devices almost immediately. If they’re powered off, your bookmarks will be updated when they’re powered on and Chrome is opened.

You can optionally have Chrome encrypt your bookmarks and other synced data. Synced data can be encrypted with your Google account’s passphrase or a custom passphrase for extra security. You’ll need the passphrase to sync the data to your other devices.

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Synced Chrome bookmarks can be accessed from the Chrome application on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS Google Chrome - A Fantastic Replacement For Mobile Safari [iOS] Do you use Chrome on your computer to browse the web? A lot of people do, as it is one of the most popular web browsers out there. It runs fast, and it offers a... Read More , and Android. If you’re using an older version of Android (earlier than Android 4.0) and Chrome for Android doesn’t run on your device, use Chromemarks Lite Sync Your Google Chrome Bookmarks With Your Android Device Using ChromeMarks Lite ChromeMarks Lite for Android can sync your Google Chrome bookmarks with your Android device. The tool supports syncing bookmarks in both ways between Google Chrome on your desktop and the Android app. Limitations of the... Read More to access your bookmarks on the go.


These bookmarks were once accessible in Google Docs on the web, but this feature was removed. You’ll need to sync with a Chrome application to view your bookmarks.

To view the data Chrome is syncing or clear your synced data (including bookmarks), visit the Chrome Sync page on Google’s website.

Create App Icons From Bookmarks

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Just drag and drop a bookmark from your bookmarks bar to the new tab page and Chrome will make an application-like icon for it. Unfortunately, the icon isn’t very pretty at the moment. If you want a pretty icon, you’ll need to use the more complicated method.


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Quickly Access Bookmarks

You can use the Ctrl+Shift+B keyboard shortcut How to Launch Your Chrome Bookmarks With Keyboard Shortcuts Bookmarks give you quick access to your favorite websites. Chrome's keyboard shortcuts put bookmarks at your fingertips. Here are the tricks you must know. Read More to quickly make your bookmarks bar visible wherever you are in Chrome. To hide it, press Ctrl+Shift+B again.

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If you want easier access to a larger number of bookmarks on your bookmarks bar, right-click each bookmark, select Edit, and delete the bookmark’s name. All you’ll see is the website’s icon, known as a favicon. Unlike in Firefox, there’s no easy way to enable icon-only bookmarks – you just have to delete each bookmark’s name.


For a bookmarks menu that appears after you click an icon on your browser toolbar, try Neater Bookmarks, a Chrome extension we’ve covered in the directory 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 . There are other similar extensions available in the Chrome Web Store, too.

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Use the Bookmark Manager

Open the Bookmark Manager by selecting Bookmark Manager from Chrome’s menu or pressing Ctrl+Shift+O. This screen allows you to more easily browser, manage, and search your bookmarks. However, you can also drag and drop bookmarks on the bookmarks bar to manage them.

The Organize menu contains a lot of options you can use for managing your bookmarks. In addition to creating bookmarks, deleting them, and dragging and dropping them to rearrange them into folders, there’s an Undo Delete feature if you accidentally delete a bookmark or folder of bookmarks. You can also import bookmarks from an HTML file or export them to an HTML file – great for creating backups or moving bookmarks to and from other browsers.



You could also just create a bookmark – enter the address chrome://bookmarks into Chrome’s location bar to open the Bookmark Manager. This address can be bookmarked, so you can open your bookmarks with a bookmark.

Sort and Tidy Your Bookmarks

The Bookmark Manager contains a Reorder by title option in its Organize menu. If that isn’t enough help for you, you may want to check out the SuperSorter extension. With one click, it will automatically sort all your bookmarks and folders in alphabetical order. It also automatically deletes empty folders, removes duplicate bookmarks, and merges bookmark folders with the same name. If your bookmarks keep becoming messy, you can have SuperSorter run automatically every few minutes.

For more help tidying your bookmarks, read How To Manage 17 Years Of Bookmarks How to Manage Years of Browser Bookmarks: 5 Steps to Tidiness Have hundreds or thousands of bookmarks that you need to get under control? Follow this step-by-step process to get organized. Read More .

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For more great Chrome tips, download our free guide to getting the most out of Chrome The Easy Guide to Google Chrome This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome that is important for any beginner. Read More and check out our list of the best Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More .

Do you know any other bookmark-related tips for Chrome? Leave a comment and share them!

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  1. Mario
    August 21, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Good evening everyone,
    I need help. My son and I share 1 computer we both have google accounts with different bookmarks. We want to have the same bookmark folders to show on both of our accounts.
    The thing is that we both are very busy and when we use the computer we don't want to be switching users to reach to our folders. How can I best do this?

  2. Jack
    August 6, 2016 at 1:31 am

    How to stop chrome throwing me out of a bookmark folder every time I move something in that folder e.g. move a bookmark up a few places, delete a bookmark etc

  3. alison
    August 3, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I accidentally pressed "sort by title." My bookmarks were chronologically ordered before. Is there any way to switch to chronological again?

  4. ducky
    January 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    How can one import Chrome bookmarks into IE without IE alphabetizing them? The goal is for the order of the IE folders and favorites to be the same as they were in Chrome. Thanks.

  5. Keith Swartz
    February 3, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Very informative article. Now, after reading it, I will fill more secure when using Bookmarks in Chrome. THANK YOU!

  6. rshewmaker
    February 2, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Is there a way to get Chrome to act like IE with a simple drop down box after clicking on favorites (bookmarks, whatever)? And on a side note, IE 10 sucks ace with all the settings it leaves you in the dark with. It took me over an hour to figure out how to open a new tab.

  7. Daniel Huss
    February 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I've been meaning to clean up my bookmarks for a while now...

    • Jake Thompson
      February 2, 2013 at 1:56 am

      Lol story of my life.

      • Hatem Sindi
        February 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        was my 2011 resolution .....
        and eventually cleaned it up by January 2013 :-D

      • Chris Hoffman
        February 3, 2013 at 12:14 am

        Every time I clean them, they become cluttered again. It's a constant battle.