How to restore the old Bookmark Manager in Chrome
So Google rolled out a new bookmark manager in Chrome Stable introducing several core changes to the look and feel of the application.
When you open the new bookmark manager in Chrome for the first time, after getting a prompt asking you to sign in which you can thankfully skip, you will notice that the display has changed significantly.
Previously, bookmarks were listed as text only information one per line. The new bookmark manager uses a mobile-friendly display with large boxes for each bookmark.
While that may not be an issue if you have only a handful of bookmarks in the browser, it becomes less usable if you have more than that.
Thankfully though, there is an option to switch to list view instead in the cog menu at the top. This does not bring back the default list mode though as each item in the bookmark manager is using more space and larger fonts than items in the old manager.
If you compare the functionality of the new system to the old, you will notice that the option to sort bookmarks by title has been removed in the process.
Extensions such as SuperSorter may bring back sorting options though. This particular extension lets you select a preferred sorting order for bookmarks so that title sorting becomes an option again in the browser.
Another feature that is missing is manual sorting. The old manager allowed you to drag and drop bookmarks to a new location in the same folder while the new does not seem to support that feature at all.
Getting rid of Chrome's new Bookmark Manager
Google calls the new bookmark manager an enhanced version. For now, it is still possible to restore the old version in Chrome.
In fact, the old version seems to be the default on non-stable versions of Chrome for now.
Here is what you need to do:
- Load chrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment in the Chrome address bar.
- Switch the state of the preference to disabled.
- Restart Chrome.
When you load Chrome again, the old bookmark manager is available again with all of its functionality.
It is unclear for how long this option will be available in Chrome. If Google's track record is anything to go by, it will be removed at one point in time in the browser.
If you like the new Bookmark Manager and use a different version of Chrome, you can use the same preference to enable it in that version of the browser. Just set the preference to enabled instead and restart Chrome.
You should get the new interface afterwards.Advertisement