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Save Page Position in Firefox bookmarks

Bookmarks work the same in every popular browser. You use a shortcut or click on a button in the browser's interface to bookmark a page. The address of that page, its title and related information are then saved in the browser so that you can reopen the bookmarked page at a later time using the browser's address bar, buttons or menus that it makes available to you.

While that is usually more than sufficient, it is not that thorough when it comes to large web pages or particular pieces of information on pages that you are interested in.

The Firefox add-on Advanced bookmaks Add-on extends the browser's native capabilities by saving the page position or location of text as well.

What this means is that you will be taken directly to the position on the page that you were in when you saved the bookmark so that you can access information right away or continue reading from that position on.

Note: The extension states that it requires no restart. I had to restart to make available the extra folder in the bookmarks to access those special bookmarks.

Anyway, the extension adds a single entry to the browser's right-click context menu that you can make use of to save a bookmark that includes position information in the browser.

advanced bookmarks

You can either right-click on the page or highlight text instead and right-click on the selection. Select Advanced bookmarks by position or by select text from the context menu that opens up and the information will be saved to the advanced bookmarks folder in the bookmarks manager.

You can open those bookmarks only from the bookmarks manager menu. This is a serious limitation as it means that it is not possible to open them from the browser's address bar nor move the special folder to the bookmarks bar for faster access.

While this may not be that problematic for some users, it makes the add-on barely usable for Firefox users who open websites exclusively from the browser's address bar.

The add-on can be useful to you if you regularly visit large pages that you need to access again at a later time, or want to bookmark specific passages of websites that you access over and over again in Firefox. The author can increase the appeal tenfold on the other hand if access via the browser's address bar, bookmarks bar and sidebar are added as default features.

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Comments

  1. Karl J. Gephart said on June 4, 2013 at 9:47 am
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    Wow, couldn’t even get it to appear in my right-click menu. Nothing under options. Oh well. Still really appreciate your reviews, Martin!

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 4, 2013 at 10:20 am
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      Hm, did you restart Firefox?

      1. Karl J. Gephart said on June 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm
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        Yeppers. Very odd. No worries. :)

  2. RG said on June 4, 2013 at 9:59 am
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    Am I seeing this right? The name of the add-on is without the R in bookmarks but its menu entry has the R?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 4, 2013 at 10:19 am
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      Yes, that is an oversight by the developer I assume.

  3. Seban said on June 4, 2013 at 11:23 am
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    I like the Addon Show Anchors:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/de/firefox/addon/show-anchors-2/#addon

    “This addon allows you to show all anchors on a web page, which is useful to share a link directly to a specific location on a page.”

    Greetings

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am
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      Interesting, this should work better than the one reviewed here. Thanks for posting.

    2. Karl J. Gephart said on June 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm
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      Totally awesome! Love it! Thanks!

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