Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and organizing bookmarks, part of Up and Running with the Firefox Browser.
- In this movie, we're going to talk about Bookmarks. If you visit a webpage often and you don't want to type in the address every time you visit it, you might want to set that page as a Bookmark. Or if you want to 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 want to activate the Bookmarks Toolbar. To do that, I'm going to go up into the Toolbar and find this button that looks like a clipboard.
When I click on that, I get a bunch of options for Bookmarks that we're going to talk about as we go through the rest of this movie. But I'm going to skip ahead a little bit here and go to where it says Bookmarks Toolbar, and I want to hit View Bookmarks Toolbar, and that gives me a new Toolbar underneath the address bar. Now, ultimately you may decide that you don't want to use the Bookmarks Toolbar, so you can turn it off later, but for now I want to keep it here, so that we can get a full picture of our options as we go through Bookmarks. So first, you want to go to a webpage that you want to Bookmark.
And I'll just use the page that I'm looking at now. Let's say I was surfing the web, I landed on this page, I wanted to keep a record of it, so I want to Bookmark this page. One really easy way to Bookmark a page is to just go to this button in the Toolbar that looks like a star. I can click on that, and now that page is bookmarked, and I know it's bookmarked because now the star is lit up in blue. But then that brings us to the next question. As I'm surfing the web, if I want to get back to this page using my Bookmark, how do I do it? Well, first let's just go to some other page.
So I'll go to Wikipedia, and let's say it's several hours or several days later, and I want to go back to that page that I bookmarked. Well, one way to do that would be to go to the Bookmark button up here in the Toolbar, click on that, and then go to View Bookmarks Sidebar. That opens up this Sidebar over here on the left, and I can see a list of all of the Bookmarks that I've created. I want to look here under this category that says Unsorted Bookmarks. This is where Bookmarks go when you hit the little star button in the Toolbar.
So you can see there are three pages that I've bookmarked before starting this movie and then there's the page that I just bookmarked a moment ago. So I could load any of these pages just by clicking on them here, and it'll load that page. So that's basically how the Bookmarks work. I could click on any of these other Bookmarks, and it'll load that page. Now, there is an easier way to work with Bookmarks, but first we should spend a little more time with the Bookmarks Sidebar. As you collect more Bookmarks, you can get them organized into different Folders.
Organization is great, but this will also make it easier and faster for you to access your Bookmarks. Now, I just have these Bookmarks here under Unsorted Bookmarks, so let's start to get them organized. If you right-click anywhere on the Sidebar, you get this menu, and I want to choose the option for a New Folder. I'll just call this Folder Clients. I could add a Description if I want, but I don't really want to. I'll hit add. So now I have this New Folder called Clients, and I can drag any of my Bookmarks into that Folder.
You can also change the order of your Bookmarks on the list, so if I drag this down, you see how it places this blue line in between the other Bookmarks? So I could just change the order. So you want to be careful and make sure you do the thing that you intend to do. I don't want to change the order, I want to drag it on top of this Folder and drop it there, and then I'll drag this one here as well. So now I can open or close this Folder, and then I can click on any of the Bookmarks inside of it to load those Bookmarks. Now that I've sorted these Bookmarks into a Clients Folder, I don't think they really belong under Unsorted Bookmarks, so I can take this entire Folder, and I could drag it to the Bookmarks Menu or the Bookmarks Toolbar.
So let's do that. Let's drag it to the Bookmarks Menu. So now let's say I close the Bookmarks Sidebar, and I want to access my Bookmarks, I can go into this button here, which is the Bookmarks Menu, and I could go to my Clients Folder, and I could open any of these pages from here. Now, another thing I could do is go back to the Sidebar, and I could drag Bookmarks into the Bookmarks Toolbar. I could drag individual Bookmarks. So maybe I want to drag this Explore California Bookmark into the Toolbar, or I could drag an entire Folder.
So I'm going to put my Clients Folder into the Bookmarks Toolbar. And now you should see up here in the Toolbar that we opened up a moment ago, I see those Bookmarks and that Folder here. So the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder that we see over here in the Sidebar is the same as the actual Bookmarks Toolbar up here. So I can click on a Bookmark directly in the Toolbar to access a Bookmark there as well. So now we understand the organization and you can see how this can get a lot easier, using the Bookmarks Toolbar.
In fact, now I'm going to close this. And let's go to another page. Let's go back to Wikipedia. And now let's say I want to Bookmark this. Now, we could hit the star button and then go back and sort it and put it in the Folder that we want, but I said there's an easier way to do it, and here it is. I can grab this little icon that's right next to the address in the address bar, and I can drag that down to the Bookmarks Toolbar, and I've got the Bookmark right there. I can even change the order of these Bookmarks by dragging them left or right on the Bookmarks Toolbar.
So going into all of the Folders that you can access under the Sidebar will allow you to organize lots and lots of Bookmarks, but for those Bookmarks that you're going to use every day, you probably want to put them on the Bookmarks Bar, because they're a lot quicker to access. And, of course, if you ever want to remove any of these Bookmarks, you can just right-click on them here in the Bookmarks Toolbar and you can hit Delete, or you can go into the Bookmarks Sidebar, locate the Bookmark that you want to get rid of, and you can right-click on it there and hit Delete.
Now, let's finish up by talking about synchronizing. Earlier in the course, we talked about how you can log in to your Firefox Sync account inside of Firefox, so that your Bookmarks and other data can be synchronized across multiple computers. So now if I click on the menu, down here in the Firefox Sync area I see my email address, because I'm currently logged in. If I click on that, of course, we can see that Bookmarks is one of the items that's been checked. So if I go to Firefox on another computer where I've logged in to my Firefox Sync account, I'll have the same Bookmarks, in the Toolbar or in the Folders in the Sidebar.
And that's it for Bookmarks. Bookmarks are pretty essential, and now you should have no problem getting them all set up. And if you have a Firefox Sync account, you can keep them synchronized on all of your computers.
- Using tabs and bookmarks
- Downloading files
- Disabling the pop-up blocker
- Installing extensions, themes, and add-ons
- Managing the cache and cookies
- Saving passwords