How to Manage Your Google Chrome Bookmarks

By James T. Cains

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:

  1. In the upper-right corner of the browser, click the Chrome button.

  2. Hover over Bookmarks, and then click Bookmarks Manager from the submenu. The Bookmark Manager dialogue box appears (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1: Looks a little like Windows Explorer, right?

    Figure 1: Looks a little like Windows Explorer, right?

Source: Google

As you can see, 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 — just depends on how organized you want to be. Here’s how to create a new bookmarks folder:

  1. Right-click either on the folder in the left navigation pane or in the viewing pane to the right and choose Add Folder.

  2. Alternatively, above the viewing pane, click the Organize drop-down menu and choose Add Folder.

  3. A new folder appears, aptly titled New Folder. The folder name is already highlighted, so go ahead and type in a new name for the folder.

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

When you have all 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. 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 right-click in the viewing pane and choose Add Page. A new bookmark with a blank name and URL field appears, so that you can type in or copy and paste to create your new bookmark.