Bookmarks on Your HTC One

By Bill Hughes

As convenient as it is to type URLs or search terms with the keyboard on your HTC One, you’ll find it’s usually faster to bookmark a web address that you visit frequently. Making bookmarks is a handy way to create a list of favorite sites that you want to access over and over again.

A bookmark is roughly the equivalent of a Favorite on a Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.

Adding bookmarks

When you want to add a site to your bookmark list, simply visit the website. From there, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Menu button.

    A menu opens. Chances are that your carrier already put a number of bookmarks on your phone. Some are for popular sites; others help you manage your account. The point is that you can add your own sites.

  2. Tap the grayed-out star icon.

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    • Name is what you want to call it. In this case, the default is Local and National Weather Conditions & Forecast – Weatherbug.com. You can choose to shorten it to just WeatherBug, or anything you want to call it.

    • URL is the web address. You probably want to leave this one alone.

    • Folder here says mobile bookmarks.

  3. Tap the Save button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

    A thumbnail of the website is put in your Bookmark file.

Bookmark housekeeping

Now that you have added a bookmark, it would be nice to be able to find it. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the bookmarks from your browser were to magically appear on your phone? If you use Google’s Chrome browser on your PC and signed in with a Gmail account, these bookmarks are already on your phone.

This screen shows three folders: Desktop Bookmarks, Other Bookmarks, and Mobile Bookmarks.

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You can find your all bookmarks from the Chrome browser on your PC in the Desktop Bookmarks folder. Just open this file folder and there they are.

If you find a site you like while browsing on your cellphone, you can use it on your desktop, too. The following figure shows the options to saving a bookmark on the Mobile Bookmarks file. Simply change the filing location to Desktop Bookmarks and tap Save. This bookmark you found on your mobile browser will appear on your desktop PC!

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If you open your Mobile Bookmark browser file, you’ll see the bookmarks that you have saved. Similarly, the Other Bookmarks file is for bookmarks that you want to save, but don’t want to see every time you open your Mobile Bookmarks file.

How do you get to bookmarks? Simple! Bring up the menu that you saw and tap the Bookmarks link. The default is to take you to your Mobile Bookmarks folder. The bookmarks you have saved on your phone will be there.

You can get to websites from this screen three ways:

  • View Recently Closed Web Site: When you click this icon (six rectangles), you see thumbnails (little bitty pictures) of websites that you recently closed.

  • Bookmark Files: Tap the star icon. This is the active option seen. To get to the top file, tap the link that says Bookmark. This is an active hyperlink that takes you back to the root of the filing system.

  • View What Is Currently Open on Your PC: Are you ready to be blown away? Tap this icon (file folder with up and down arrows) to see the tabs that are currently open on your PC.

Bookmarks are cool and convenient, but you don’t always want to save them forever. When a bookmark has served its purpose, rather than have it take up prime real estate on your Bookmarks screen, you can move it or delete it:

  1. Press and hold the website thumbnail.

  2. Tap Delete Bookmark.

    Your phone confirms that this is indeed what you want to do.

  3. Tap Yes and the bookmark is gone.

    On the other hand, if you’re unsure, you can just move it to the Other Bookmark file. Tap the Edit Bookmark option, and select the Other Bookmark file to spare its digital existence for another day.