Quickly Summon Bookmarks In Your Chrome Browser Using Quickmarks

Jeffry Thurana 18-05-2011

There are millions of pages on the web, but how many of their URLs can you remember? Not many, I guess. You would be a very extraordinary person if you could memorize a few hundreds URLs. To help users remember all of those great websites that they stumbled onto, browser developers came up with various bookmarking features.


Thanks to extensions The 10 Best Chrome Extensions You Need to Try Right Now What are some of the lesser-known Chrome extensions? How do you find them? Which are the best? We have the answers; here are ten Chrome extensions you need to try right now. Read More , users can add new abilities and improve almost all the existing features of a browser – including bookmarking. If you are a Chrome user and you want to expand the ability of your browser’s bookmarking feature, you could try Quickmarks – an extension that will help you to quickly open and manage bookmarks in Chrome using simple keywords.

It Takes Two Steps

You could say that Quickmarks is a bookmark launcher, comparable to application launchers on your personal computer. You can get it by going to the Quickmarks page in the Chrome Web Store and clicking the “Install” button.

manage bookmarks in chrome

The extension will then be added to your browser and a notification window will pop up.

chrome bookmark manager


The basic usage of this extension is fairly simple. Just type “b” (sans quote) in the Chrome address bar (or the “omnibox” as some call it), click “Tab“, and type in the name of the bookmark you want to open. A list of possible bookmarks will appear as you type the name. You can navigate the list by using the up and down arrows on your keyboard. To choose an entry, hit “Enter“. Everything is done without the need to touch the mouse.

chrome bookmark manager

In the spirit of a mouse-free environment, some may ask how to get to the omnibox without using the mouse. You can use the tab button to move between the fields on the open page. By hitting tab repeatedly, you will finally arrive at the omnibox. But the simplest way is to use the “History – Home” menu (Ctrl + Shift + H on Windows or Command + Shift + H for Mac). This menu will put the focus on the omnibox so you can quickly type in the Quickmarks’ shortcut.

chrome bookmark manager


More Tricks Under The Sleeves

Even though the basic usage of Quickmarks is just “b – tab – name“, there are a few more tricks you could apply to make the whole process even swifter. The first one is adding shorter shortcuts to your bookmarks.

To do that, open “Bookmarks – Bookmark Manager” (or Control + Shift + B / Command + Option + B).

chrome bookmark addon

The Bookmark Manager will open in a new tab, and you can look or search for the page that you want. To assign new keyword(s) to your bookmarks, select one, and right click on it. After that, choose “Edit” from the pop-up window.


chrome bookmark addon

The bookmark name and URL will be editable. All you have to do to assign a keyword(s) to the bookmark is to add your preferred characters between square brackets. For example, I wanted to add “dk” as the keyword to summon the “Discovery Kids” page, so I added “[dk]” after the site name.

chrome bookmark addon

Using keywords like this, you can summon any bookmark page quicker by using “b – tab – keywords“. Still using the example above, if I wanted to open Discovery Kids, I only have to type “b – tab – dk” and hit “Enter“.


There’s another trick you could do with Quickmarks: to quickly summon bookmarklets. In Safari, users can open a bookmark/bookmarklet by using the shortcut keys Control + Number / Command + Number, where “Number” is the order of the bookmark location in the bookmark bar.

We can use Quickmarks to achieve the same thing. Just add a number as the keyword for your bookmarklet, and you can quickly summon it using the number.

manage bookmarks in chrome

For example, I added “[1]” to Quix. So every time I want to open Quix, I just use “b – tab – 1“. You can use the trick to open other useful bookmarklets like Joliprint Print and Create Nice Looking PDF Files From Webpages with JoliPrint Read More , Instapaper Manage Your Bookmarks & Reading List with Instapaper Read More , or Evernote.

Have you tried Quickmarks to manage bookmarks in Chrome? What do you think about it? Can you think of other practical ideas for Quickmarks? Please share using the comments below.

Related topics: Google Chrome, Online Bookmarks.

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  1. Cpowell1687
    June 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Alt + E, then B (not holding down Alt still, let go of both)
    Press Alt + E, release both, then B
    -Problem Solved

  2. Wang Yizhuo
    May 22, 2011 at 6:50 am

     I am the author of Quickmarks. Thanks for using and talking about it. 

  3. acupuncture
    May 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

     Great extension. I use a ton of shortcuts in Firefox and moved most to Chrome's search manager but this extension is a lot better. Thanks for pointing it out!

  4. Doug
    May 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Command+L on Mac (and I believe Control+L on PC) gets you to the Omnibar as well.

    Also, using this extension with Chrome on my Mac, I hit b [spacebar] and then search the bookmark I want. Typing b [tab] does not work for me.

  5. Matt Coolbaugh
    May 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

     A lot of bookmarks are identifiable by their icon. You can simply delete the text for the bookmark and have a bookmark bar full of icons. It makes the bookmark bar more stylish and it allows you to place more bookmarks on it. This obviously wouldn't work well if you plan to use Quickmarks, but it is easy way to get quick access to more bookmarks in your bookmark bar. 

    • Anonymous
      May 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      @Matt - This method works great until the favicon gets corrupted or changes. And bookmarklets have no icon.