Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and organizing bookmarks, part of Learning the Chrome Browser.
- In this movie, we're gonna talk about bookmarks. If you visit a webpage often, and you don't want to type in the address every time, you might want to set that page as a bookmark. Or if you wanna keep a record of a webpage that you plan to come back to later, you can bookmark it. Bookmarks are just a way of saving a link to a webpage, and there are a few ways to create and access bookmarks. First I wanna activate the bookmarks toolbar. To do that, I'm gonna go into the Tools menu, Down here to the section labeled Bookmarks, And I'm gonna hit Show bookmarks bar.
Now we have a new toolbar directly underneath the address bar. This is the Bookmarks Bar, or the bookmarks toolbar. Ultimately you may decide that you don't wanna use the Bookmarks Bar, so you can turn it off later. But I wanna have it here now, so we can get a full picture of our options as we go through bookmarks. Now first, we're gonna want to bookmark a page. You're out surfing the web. You find a page that you wanna save. Let's just use the page that I have open now. I wanna bookmark this.
One way to do it is really easy. You can just look at the address bar and you'll see there's a star over on the right side. All you need to do is click on that button, and now that page has been bookmarked. And I know it's been bookmarked because the star is now lit up in yellow. Let's say a few days later, I've quit Chrome. Time has passed. Now I'm back in Chrome. I'm surfing the web, and I wanna go back to that page that I bookmarked. There's a few ways to do that. One way to do it, of course, would be to go to the menu, go to the section on Bookmarks, and then go to Bookmark manager.
The Bookmark Manager gives me a list of every page that I've bookmarked. Here's the page that I just bookmarked. And I have a few others that I bookmarked earlier. I also wanna point out that this Bookmark Manager opened up as a new separate tab. And this is a Chrome setting screen. This is not a normal webpage. Within the Bookmark Manager, if I wanna open any of my bookmarks I just click on them and it will load that page. Now it did load this as a separate tab. I still have the Bookmark Manager open over here. But that's one way of opening pages that you've bookmarked.
Now there is an easier way to work with bookmarks. But first, we should spend a little more time in the Bookmarks Manager so we understand the logic and organization. I'm just gonna close this tab, and we'll do just a little bit more here in the Bookmark Manager. As you collect more bookmarks, you can get them organized into different folders. Organization is great, of course, but this will also make it easier and faster to access your bookmarks. Now I want you to take a look over here on the left side. I'm currently in a section labeled All Items.
So it shows me every single page that I've bookmarked. I also have an option here for Folders. So let's make a new folder. I'm gonna hit the NEW button to make a new folder. And I'll hit this button here that says New folder. And I'm gonna call this folder Clients. And I could put in a Description, but that's not really important for now. I'll just hit Create folder. Now in the Folders section, I have a new folder labeled Clients. And all I need to do from my All Items is just drag any bookmark that I want and drop it onto the Clients folder.
Now if I go to my Clients folder, I can see those bookmarks that I've dropped in there. And if I go back to All Items, they're still there. That's because the All Items shows me everything, regardless of where they've been organized. Now there's also an item here on the left side labeled Bookmarks Bar. I'm gonna take that Explore California bookmark that we made a moment ago, and I'm gonna drag that to the Bookmarks Bar. And you may notice that up here, in the bookmarks toolbar, I now have a button for that shortcut.
That's because the Bookmarks Bar up here under the address bar is represented here with this Bookmarks Bar folder. So anything that I drag here will be up here. Having something in the Bookmarks Bar is really convenient. All you need to do is just click on this button in the Bookmarks Bar and it'll take you straight to that bookmark. As I'm browsing around, if I have something in the Bookmarks Bar, it's really quick and easy to access. But I can still access the other folders that I've created. Over here on the far right is a button that says Other bookmarks.
And if I click on that, I can see that Clients folder is here. I can also see that other bookmark that I did not sort into any other folder. So from here, I could go into the Clients folder. I could click on whichever one of these bookmarks I'm interested in, and of course, it will load that page. So that's much easier. And now that we know how these folders work, and how the Bookmarks Bar works, we can actually create new bookmarks even faster. Take a look at this. I'm gonna go to Wikipedia.
And let's say I wanna bookmark this. Instead of using the star button that we saw before, if I want this in my Bookmarks Bar, I can just grab the little icon next to the address, drag it, and drop it on the Bookmarks Bar. And now I've got a bookmark right there. Let's look at one more way of making a bookmark. I'm gonna go to a new page. And let's say I wanna bookmark this, but I don't want it in the Bookmarks Bar. I wanna put it in that Clients folder. To do that, I would hit the star button in the address bar.
Like we did before. And now that bookmark has been created, but it has not been sorted into any location. With this little floating window still open, I can go to where it says Add to folder, click on the little triangle, and from here I could create a new folder, or I could just put it in one of my existing folders. I'll select my Clients folder, and now it's been saved there. Now if I go to my Other bookmarks, to my Clients, I can see that new bookmark has been stored there. Now if you wanna remove any of your bookmarks, there's a few ways you can do that.
You could go to the Bookmarks Manager. So I'll go into the menu, to Bookmarks, to Bookmark manager. And on any of these bookmarks, you should see a little menu button. That's this button with three dots. I can click on that. And then I can hit Delete, and it removes that bookmark. Or, if you're currently viewing one of these pages that's been bookmarked, of course when you view a page that's currently in your bookmarks, the star will be lit up in yellow. And if you click on that star, you may see this circular arrow button, or you may see a trash can.
If you see the circular arrow button, just click on that and then you'll see the trash can option. Either way, once you get to the trash can, you can just click on that trash can and it'll remove that bookmark. Now let's finish up by talking just a little bit about synchronizing. Earlier in this course, we talked about how you can log into your Google account in Chrome, and I said that there were other benefits to logging into your Google account. Well, bookmark syncing is one of those benefits. If I go into my Tools menu and into Settings, we can see that I'm already logged in to my Google account.
And then if I go to my Advanced sync settings, there are a bunch of pieces of information here that you can synchronize, including Bookmarks. So I wanna make sure that the check mark next to Bookmarks is checked. That means if you log in to Chrome on more than one computer or mobile device, any bookmarks that you save, and any bookmarks folders that you use to organize them, will be synchronized to those other computers and devices. I can save a bookmark here on this computer, then when I use Chrome on my Android tablet, I'll see that page in my bookmarks.
If I sort that page into a folder on my tablet, when I come back to my computer, that bookmark will be in the folder. Assuming, of course, that I'm logged in and my bookmarks are set to sync on all of those devices. Bookmarks are pretty essential. And now you should have no problem getting them set up. And if you have a Google account, you can keep them synced on all of your computers.
- Using tabs
- Setting the homepage
- Downloading files
- Sharing links
- Creating and importing bookmarks
- Installing Chrome apps and extensions
- Saving passwords
- Managing history, cookies, and other website data
- Browsing privately
- Using Chrome on mobile devices