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How to Create and Alter Bookmarks in Your iPad's Browser

Surfing the web from your iPad would be a real drag if you had to enter a URL every time you want to navigate from one page to another. That’s why bookmarks are so useful.

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You already know how useful bookmarks are and how you can synchronize bookmarks from the browsers on your computer. It’s equally simple to bookmark a web page directly on the iPad. Follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that the page you want to bookmark is open, and then tap the Action button at the top of the screen.

    The Action button looks like an arrow trying to escape a rectangle. You have many options beyond bookmarking when you tap the action button. You can tap Message, Mail, Twitter, or Facebook. Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo (Chinese variations of Twitter) are also available, provided you added a Chinese keyboard in Settings.

    Or you can tap Bookmark, Add to Reading List, Add to Home Screen, Copy, and Print. You can also use the wireless feature called AirDrop to share the page with people nearby via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, provided you have a fourth-generation iPad or later, or the iPad mini.

  2. Tap Bookmark.

    A new Add Bookmark window opens with a default name for the bookmark, its web address, and its folder location.

  3. Give it a name and folder location:

    • Accept the default bookmark name and default bookmark folder: Tap Save.

    • Change the default bookmark name: Tap the X in the circle next to the name, enter the new title (using the virtual keyboard), and then tap Save.

    • Change the location where the bookmark is saved: Tap the > symbol to the right of the suggested location (likely Favorites), tap the folder where you want the bookmark to be kept so that a check mark appears, and then tap Save.

To open a bookmarked page after you set it up, tap the Bookmarks icon to the right of the smart search field.

If you don’t see bookmarks right away, make sure that the leftmost of the three tabs at the top of the screen is highlighted in blue. The other tabs are for the Reading list and for shared links — those that are shared by your contacts from selected social networks.

If the bookmark you have in mind is buried inside a folder, tap the folder name first and then tap the bookmark you want.

Altering bookmarks on your iPad

If a bookmarked site is no longer meaningful, you can change it or get rid of it:

  • To remove a bookmark (or folder), tap the Bookmarks icon and then tap Edit. Tap the red circle next to the bookmark you want to toss off the list, and then tap Delete.

    To remove a single bookmark or folder, swipe its name from left to right and then tap the red Delete button.

  • To change a bookmark name or location, tap Edit at the bottom-right corner of the Bookmarks window. Tap a given bookmark, and an Edit Bookmark window appears, showing the name, URL, and location of the bookmark already filled in. Tap the fields you want to change.

    In the Name field, tap the X in the gray circle and then use the keyboard to enter a new title. In the Location field, tap the > symbol and scroll up or down the list until you find a new home for your bookmark.

  • To create a new folder for your bookmarks, tap Edit and then tap New Folder. Enter the name of the new folder, and choose where to put it.

  • To move a bookmark up or down in a list, tap Edit and then drag the three bars to the right of the bookmark’s name to its new resting place.

If you take advantage of iCloud, the web pages you’ve bookmarked on your Mac and on your other iOS devices will be available on the iPad, and vice versa.

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