How to make the most out of Chrome's and Firefox's bookmarks bar
Are you using the bookmarks bar in your browser of choice or do you use another method to access bookmarks in the browser (or maybe none at all)? If you are using the bookmarks bar you have probably noticed right away that it can't hold more than a couple of bookmarks if you add them all to the main bar.
You have two options at your disposal to add additional bookmarks to the toolbar. The first is with the help of folders that you can add to it. Simply add a folder - or multiple folders - to the bookmarks bar and place bookmarks into those folders. You can keep important bookmarks visible on the bar and place less important ones into folders. Sort them into categories such as work, media, entertainment, sports, news or other topics that you are interested in.
To access those sites, you would simply click on the folder and then on the bookmark. So, one additional click but more bookmarks that you can access this way in the browser.
Tip: Middle-click, or hold down Shift-key and click, to open bookmarks in a new tab in the browser.
The second option keeps all bookmarks on the bookmarks bar. You may know that you can edit the name of bookmarks, for instance to shorten it so that it does not take up too much space on the bookmarks bar. What you may not know is that you can remove all of the bookmarks' name so that only the favicon of the site that you have bookmarked is displayed in the toolbar.
It is important that you can associate the icon with the site, as this is your only indicator if you remove all the link text from the links. Here is how you do that in Chrome and Firefox:
- Right-click a bookmark and select Properties from the context menu.
- Remove the full name from it and click safe afterwards.
- Right-click on a link in the bookmarks toolbar and select Edit.
- Remove all text in the name field and click save afterwards.
It is likely that you can do the same in other browsers as well. Have another tip related to bookmarks? Feel free to add it in the comments below.Advertisement