Make Your Own ActiveRain Toolbar

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OK, so admit it... ActiveRain is where you spend a good portion of your online time! In this post, I'm going to share a tip that I use to help me navigate very quickly to all the different pages on AR that I frequent the most. I'm going to show you how to set up your browser's bookmarks bar (a.k.a. favorites bar) with links to your favorite AR pages.

Your favorite pages might be a little different, but mine are "My Home" (ah) stats and dashboard, "Statistics" (as) where you can see hits on your articles as well as who has subscribed to you. "My Comments" (ac) page where you can jump directly back to the comments that you had left to check on if the author continued the conversation with you. "Social Blog" (ab) the best way to catch up with all those that you subscribe to and see what they have just posted. I moderate two groups "Gold Stars" (ag) and "VBloggers" (av) so I have links to each of these.

My favorite browser is Google Chrome. Bookmarks are extremely easy to add -- when you are on the page that you want you simply click the star on the address bar. Next you name it. Important tip: use abbreviations! The bookmarks bar is for you and you will know what the abbreviations mean. When you use abbreviations you will get many more links in the same amount of screen space than if you used full names. I start all my ActiveRain links with "a" (you can see my abbreviations noted in parentheses above). Use whatever codes you want that make sense in your head! :)

In Firefox and Internet Explorer the concept is the same but the procedures vary slightly in each browser. In Firefox, you can also click on the star in the address bar. However, after you click to add the star, you need to click the star icon a second time (quickly double-clicking also works) to pop up the properties box. Here is where you can put in the abbreviated name and also tell it to move it to the Bookmarks bar.

In Internet Explorer, you can click the add to favorites bar button. Next you need to right-click on the button that you newly created and choose rename. This is where you can put in the abbreviated code.

Now that you know about the bookmarks/favorites bar, you'll be jumping around in the rain much easier than ever before! (some of you may say, wait isn't there a AR toolbar that I can download and install? True, there is. However it is missing some of the favorite pages that I have showed you here... plus it may have buttons for pages that you may not really use. So customizing your own toolbar lets you create one just tailored perfectly to fit! now you have a choice if you want AR tools easily accessible)

My next article, I'll be telling you what my gb and my gb+ buttons are all about, stay tuned! :)

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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Bill - glad to be appreciated! :)

Patricia - always glad to see your visit

Kate - another vote for chrome, glad you got the toolbar tip

Dawn - chrome is worth looking at, but in any case whatever browser you use the bookmarks toolbar is the way to go

Janet - very cool, thanks for commenting

DeeDee - enjoy!

Scott - me too! :)

Apr 11, 2011 03:47 AM #69
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Craig, you always have such excellent information for folks here in the rain!  And this is no exception.  I do have the AR toolbar and use it regularly (you can customize it a bit too to get rid of the links you don't really use) My Firefox bookmarks are very well defined too.  I create and use folders to help keep things a tad bit easier to maneuver and find!



Apr 11, 2011 04:51 AM #70
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

THanks for the info.  I have that bookmarked.  I have the tool bar, just not customized.

Apr 11, 2011 06:25 AM #71
Jim Courtney
OklaHomes Realty, Claremore Oklahoma - Claremore, OK

Craig, another useful tip once again! Our local MLS uses IE so it doesn't benefit us to use another browser. I have already set up my favorites bar in the manner you described. I can assure others it is most helpful! :)

Apr 11, 2011 08:36 AM #72
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Pamela - folders/groups of links are a good idea when you start to max out the bar, I like it

Gene - when you get to it, you'll appreciate how simple it makes browsing 

Jim - thanks for the success report! :)

Apr 11, 2011 11:08 AM #73
Mike Kazi - San Bernardino, CA

Nice work Craig.

Thanks for sharing it.

Mike kazi

Apr 12, 2011 09:09 AM #75
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV

And several days later, I'm loving those short-cuts Craig!

Apr 13, 2011 07:23 PM #76
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Craig, You always manage to explain things in a way that makes it all so easy.  Put it to use already!  Thanks for another great class!

Apr 14, 2011 03:17 PM #77
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Thanks for this interesting tip, Craig. i'm going to try it out. Have a great weekend.

Apr 15, 2011 01:42 AM #78
Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

Just started using google chrome and I am liking it so far.  The only thing I miss is all of my favorites on the sidebar because my monitor is pretty wide it just leaves so much dead space without it.  You have some great tips.  Really appreciate them.

Apr 15, 2011 01:57 PM #79
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Mike - glad you liked

Michele - thanks for checking back in with followup report

Leah - glad it all makes sense - I work hard to make it clear for everyone

Toni - happy you found interersting - hope you can put it to use

Jeremy - google chrome is great - take advantage of how it learns your favorite sites... you'll see that you only have to type in just a few characters and it knows where you want to go, then just press Enter! :)

Apr 15, 2011 03:57 PM #80
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Had the Tool Bar for quite awhile.  Thanks for giving me tips on how to make it more useful for me.

Apr 19, 2011 07:26 PM #81
Andre R. Aragon
Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Photographer

Wow Craig - I'm doing some late night reading here - trying to get Google-izized since I read your 21 Google Tools Post. This tip Rocks!

19 more Google Tools to go...I just did iGoogle - Thanks again!

Apr 21, 2011 06:01 PM #82
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Craig, YOU ROCK! You have made my life sooo much easier - and it was really simple to do. I'm a Firefox girl (use IE when I have to). I LOVE this tip and I subscribed by email to your blog - don't want to miss even ONE of them!


Apr 24, 2011 04:06 PM #83
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Thanks, Craig, your posts are always very helpful.

Looking forward to your new blog post.


May 24, 2011 01:08 AM #84
Suzanne Martin
Suzanne Martin, Broker - Laguna Niguel, CA
Your South Orange County/North San Diego Broker

Thanks, Craig, your postings are very informative and easy to follow for me.  I'm learning a lot from your blogs. 

Jun 20, 2011 11:34 AM #85
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Craig, thanks just completed adding my faves to the toolbar!

Oct 11, 2011 05:48 PM #86
Jason Jordan
eXp Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Jason Jordan, Northern Virginia REALTOR®
Sounds great. Any idea of how to do this on an Ipad?
Mar 14, 2012 08:31 AM #87
Kevin O'Rourke - Keller Williams Miami Beach Realtor
Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty - Miami Beach, FL
CDPE Miami Short Sale Agent 305-520-9436

Thanks for the detailed instructions Craig!  I have been using AR more and more and now feel the need to have my favorite pages just a click away.

May 19, 2012 05:55 AM #88
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Hi Craig, I've been going through your blogs after reading some for while.  YOu are awesome.  Thanks for all the great tips.  I will continue to read them.

Jun 09, 2012 09:50 AM #89
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