The Internet For Dummies
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So you’ve been using Google Chrome for a while and you’ve accumulated a ton of bookmarks. Or perhaps you’ve imported a slew (or is that a gaggle?) of bookmarks into Chrome from another browser. Regardless, it’s time to organize them, because you’re the ever-efficient worker bee who is super-productive to the hive. Right?

Seriously, if you spend much of your work life on the web, you probably have online resources that you check regularly. Organizing them is the best way to get to those resources more quickly. Thankfully, Chrome has a Bookmark Manager that can help you out.

Accessing the Bookmark Manager

To use the Bookmark Manager, first you have to find it. Here’s how:
    Three dots icon in browser upper right corner
    The upper-right corner of the browser window Source: Google Chrome
  1. In the upper-right corner of the browser, click the three little dots (see figure above).
  2. Hover over Bookmarks (see figure below), and then click Bookmarks Manager from the submenu that pops up.

Chrome bookmarks menu Source: Google Chrome

You will see that the Bookmark Manager acts very much like a file manager, with the ability to create folders into which you can file your bookmarks. You can also edit your bookmarks here.

Creating new bookmark folders

When you organize your bookmarks, it’s best to create folders to put them in. Just like with folders on your computer, you can nest folders within folders for categories, subcategories, and so on — it just depends on how organized you want to be. Here’s how to create a new bookmarks folder:
  1. Click the three dots icon in the upper-right corner of the Bookmark Manager window, and then select Add new folder.

  2. A box opens up where you can type in a name for the new folder.

  3. Repeat as necessary to have as many folders as you need.

When you have all of your folders set up, you can easily drag and drop bookmarks (and even additional folders) into the folders.

Creating folders in the Bookmarks Bar folder represents the epitome of organization. If you always have your Bookmarks Bar visible (and you do, don’t you?), then the folders act as drop-down menus in the Bookmarks Bar. Clicking the folder enables you to see all the bookmarks in the folder, any of which you can click to visit that web site.

Editing a bookmark

When you save a bookmark, Chrome likely uses the web page title (that is, what appears in the title bar of the browser) as the descriptive name of the bookmark. Sometimes that name is just too long and clogs up your Bookmarks Bar. You can edit the bookmark name and URL of the bookmark easily. Here’s how:
  1. In the Bookmark Manager window, right-click on any bookmark and choose Edit.

  2. The name and URL become editable text boxes. Make your changes, as needed, and by all means, shorten that bookmark name!

If you want to manually create a bookmark, simply click the three dots icon in the upper-right corner of the Bookmark Manager window and select Add new bookmark. A box opens up where you can type in the name of the bookmark and copy and paste the URL to create your new bookmark.

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John R. Levine is a recognized technology expert and consumer advocate who works against online fraud and email spam. Levine is the president of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and worked to bring the internet to underserved parts of the world as a trustee of The Internet Society.

Alison Barrows is the author or coauthor of several books about Access, Windows, and the Internet. Joseph Stockman is an 18-year software designer who has authored or coauthored five Access programming books. Allen Taylor is a 30-year veteran of the computer industry and the author of over 20 books.

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