Making a Favorites List in Google Chrome

by Kevin Lee
Chrome makes bookmarking simple for everyone.

Chrome makes bookmarking simple for everyone.

Some people call them favorites and others call them bookmarks, but they all serve the same purpose: enabling people to quickly save links to and information about important Web pages. Google Chrome, like other Web browsers, helps you store such bookmarks as you run across them. Whenever you save a favorite page, Google Chrome stores that information within its program files for easy access later on.

Add Bookmarks

1

Launch Google Chrome and navigate to a website you'd like to save.

2

Move to the browser's address bar and click the star icon. Chrome displays a small Bookmark menu that allows you to choose a name for the bookmark (unless you prefer to keep the default name as it appears in the text box) and select a folder in which to save the bookmark.

3

If you want to save your bookmark in the folder displayed in the "Folder" text box, proceed to step 4. Otherwise, click the "Folder" drop-down menu to view a list of folders. Click "Choose another Folder" and then click one of the folders that appears in the Edit Bookmark window (or click the "New Folder" button to create a new folder) to save the bookmark in one of those folders. If you do not click the "Folder" drop-down menu, Chrome saves the bookmark in the most recent folder you selected. If you have never selected a folder, Chrome saves the bookmark in the Bookmarks Bar folder.

4

Click "Done" to close the bookmark menu. You can also click any empty area on your Web page to close that menu.

View Bookmarks

1

Click the Chrome menu icon (three horizontal bars) in the top right portion of the window, select “Bookmarks” and then select “Bookmark manager.” Doing so opens the Bookmark Manager page in your Chrome browser window so you can view all of your folders and bookmarks.

2

Click a folder to view the bookmarks that the folder contains. If the folder contains many bookmarks, use the scrollbar to scroll through the list.

3

Double-click a bookmark to visit the associated Web page.

Tips

  • check To create a list of bookmarks that you can use outside of Chrome, click the Chrome menu icon, select "Bookmarks" and then select "Bookmark manager." On the Bookmark Manager page click "Organize," select "Export bookmarks to HTML file" from the drop-down menu, browse to find a location where you want to save the file and click the "OK" button. You can now double-click the file to open it and view the bookmarks saved there whenever you like. Note that this list will not change when you add more bookmarks to Chrome; it is just a list of your bookmarks that exist at the time you create the file.
  • check One of the keys to managing large amounts of bookmarks successfully is placing them in organized folders and subfolders. Click the Chrome menu icon, select "Bookmarks" and then select "Bookmark manager." On the Bookmark Manager page you can explore bookmark folders as you would explore files in Windows Explorer. To create a new folder, right-click an existing folder, select "Add folder" and provide a name for the folder. To delete a folder or a favorite, right-click it and select "Delete."
  • check Some people like to conserve browser space by removing extraneous toolbars they do not need. If you'd like to keep your Bookmarks bar handy, click the Chrome menu icon, click "Bookmarks" and select "Show Bookmarks Bar" to place a check mark next to that menu item. This Bookmark bar displays the names of bookmarks that you have saved. When you click one of bookmarks, your browser takes you to the site saved in the bookmark.

Warning

  • close When you are organizing bookmarks on the "Bookmarks Manager" page, it is possible that you might accidentally delete a bookmark or folder you actually want to keep. If this happens, Chrome does not warn you, it simply deletes the item entirely. There is a remedy, however. Immediately after you notice this has happened press "Ctrl-Z." This is a standard "undo" key combination in Windows that works in the Chrome browser.

About the Author

After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.

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