Bookmark a website in Chrome
Let’s start with creating bookmarks. Click the star icon at the right side of the address box in Chrome when you visit a website, or more specifically, a page on a site, that you want to save.
It creates a bookmark and it can be stored in the Bookmarks bar or another folder. It is convenient to add it to the bookmarks bar because this can be shown just above the web page. Press Shift+Ctrl+B to toggle the bookmarks bar on or off in Chrome.
Create folders for bookmarks
Bookmarks can be stored in folders and if you add a folder to the bookmarks bar, it acts like a menu. Select Choose another folder when adding a bookmark and you can view the folders, create new folders, and choose where to store the bookmark.
Here’s a quick tip: Right click an empty part of the bookmarks bar and select Add folder on the menu. Name it. Now you can drag the URL from the address box and drop it on the the folder you created on the bookmarks bar. Drag the i or the Secure to the left of the URL to drag it.
You can right click in a folder menu and create folders within it. And you can drag URLs and drop them in them.
Delete bookmark names
Bookmarks don’t always need names. There is only so much space on the bookmarks bar, so to fit more websites on it, right click a bookmark and select Edit. Delete the name and click Save. The website icon remains and if it is easily recognised, the name isn’t needed. Take a look at these.
Those three icons might not mean much to you with no names, but I know what sites they are because I use them so often. They consume very little space and this means I can fit more items in the bookmarks bar.
I have still run out of space and have resorted to naming folders 0 and 1, simple to make them use as little space as possible. This is how bookmarks become a mess!
Did you know that bookmarks can be clicked and dragged on the bookmarks bar? Rearrange them by dragging them into the order that suits you best.
If there are bookmarks or folders you do not want, right click them and select Delete on the menu that is displayed.
Sort Chrome bookmarks into order
After adding lots of bookmarks, it becomes difficult to find the one you want. Sorting them into alphabetical order makes it easier to find sites in a long list, but this cannot be done from the Chrome interface.
Go to the menu and select Bookmarks, Bookmark manager. Folders are displayed in the sidebar and the contents of the currently selected folder are listed in the main part of the window.
Select any folder and then click Reorder by title on the Organise menu. Only the contents of the selected folder are sorted and there isn’t a global sort facility. You must select each folder and sort it.
Back up Chrome bookmarks
Chrome bookmarks are stored in your Google account and are synced across computers. This means that deleted bookmarks are synced too. What if they were all deleted by a bug or bad plugin? You could lose the lot because the deletions are synced!
It is essential that you back up Chrome bookmarks.
Open the menu and go to Bookmarks, Bookmark manager. Select the topmost folder in the sidebar, then click Organise and select Export bookmarks to HTML file. Save the bookmarks file somewhere safe.
Also on this menu is an option to import bookmarks and this is used if you ever need to restore them. Since the bookmarks backup is an HTML file, it can be double clicked to view it in a browser too.
Add a bookmarks menu
Folders on the bookmarks bar act like menus and they are useful, but what if the bookmarks bar is hidden, or if there are too many items to fit in the bar?
This is where the Bookmarks Menu Chrome extension is useful. Add it to Chrome and a new icon appears to the right of the address box. Click it and all your bookmarks appear as a menu.
Right click the button and select Options to configure the menu. The font can be changed, the size selected, the size of icons set, the scrollbar width adjusted and so on. There are a lot of configuration settings so you can make the menu look just as you want it.
One advantage of Bookmarks Menu is that you no longer need to have the bookmarks bar on the screen. Press Shift+Ctrl+B to hide it and there is more space for the web page.
Replace Chrome bookmarks manager
The whole bookmarks manager in Chrome can be replaced with a newer and more modern one by installing the Bookmarks Manager Chrome extension.
This is from Google and it has a more modern interface that you might prefer. Just go to the Chrome menu and select Bookmarks, Bookmark manager as you did before. The new Bookmarks Manager appears instead of the old one.
There are no additional features and the difference between the old and new bookmarks manager is the interface. The new one is brighter, more colourful, and more attractive. It also offers a text based list view and a tiled view - click the icon in the upper right corner.
You can switch back to the old bookmarks manager by going to the menu, More tools, Extensions and clearing the checkbox next to it to disable it.