Bookmarks Bar on Your Browser

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If you stop and think about the places you go to frequently on the web, you could probably think of about a dozen sites that you spend most of your time at. Further, on some of those sites there are secondary pages that are frequent destinations. ActiveRain is a great example of a site with all sorts of secondary pages that are great landing pages. In this post, let’s look at creating a custom list on our browser bookmarks (favorites bar) that will be a menu of our favorite pages.

Turning on the Bookmarks Bar (Favorites Bar)

Different browsers have different names for the bookmarks bar – Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome all call it the Bookmarks Bar and Internet Explorer calls it the Favorites Bar. Whatever name you give it, it is the same function. This is a place to drop shortcuts to web pages that you visit often. The fastest way to show (or hide) your bookmarks bar is with the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+B(on Mac Command+Shift+B). Note this works in all cases except Firefox. Another way to turn on/off the bookmarks bar in Firefox (and Internet Explorer) is to right-click just to the right of your last open tab to get a pop-up menu. There you will see the bookmarks bar toggle option.

Bookmarks Bar in Browser

Adding Items to the Bookmarks Bar

The best way to add items to your bookmarks bar is a simple thing. Find the address bar at the top of the browser and note the icon just to the left of the address text. Drag that icon down and drop it off on the bookmarks bar. You will notice right away that the descriptive text for your shortcut is the title to the web page. In all cases, you will find that this is too long and you want a shorter version. Right-click on your new shortcut and choose Rename… (in Google Chrome, choose Edit…, in Firefox, choose Properties…). In the pop-up box, type a new short name that is better for your bookmarks bar. My strategy is that short names, even abbreviations are most useful. The shorter the name, the more shortcuts I can fit on my Bookmarks Bar. So for a 10 Day Weather forecast, You could abbreviate Weather10 or even just W10 or WF (for weather forecast). Once you start building your bookmarks bar, you can drag the icons around into whatever order you like.

Adding an item to the bookmarks bar

Creating Subfolders / Menus of Items

Once you start accumulating bookmarks, you realize that it is sometimes good to group them together. The bookmarks bar allows you to do this by creating folders. A folder on the bookmarks bar expands like a pull down menu once you click on it. To create a folder, simply right click on any of your bookmarks and choose “Add folder” on the options menu. Again, the short name strategy works well here. A shorter folder name will take up less horizontal space on your bookmarks bar allowing you more items across the bar. So for me, my ActiveRain folder is titled simply AR. Can you think of the favorite pages that you like to see on ActiveRain? Here are my top 10 pages and I have a shortcut for each on my bookmark folder (custom pull down menu):

  1. AR Home – home page to see the latest featured items
  2. My Home – landing page for latest comments on my blog posts and to check some quick numbers like my current points and subscriber count number
  3. Traffic (aka “Stats”) – is where you can check how many clicks you are getting on each of your blog posts
  4. Points – see where your most recent points are coming from
  5. Drafts – is a list of all posts that you have started but haven’t published yet
  6. My Comments – is a great place to go to see the blog posts that you have commented on. What is useful about this page is so you can go back to see if the author replied back to your comment. The links from the comments page are specially formatted to jump to the specific point in the page where your comment was so it saves you scrolling through a long comments list.
  7. My Subscriptions – shows a list of most recent posts from those that you have subscribed to – it is like your blog reading list “inbox”
  8. Social Blog – is a unique view of those that you have subscribed to… all the posts are opened in full view so it saves you from clicking each one (see my post, “You’ve Subscribed – NOW WHAT?” for more thoughts on the social blog view)
  9. Tags – shows your own tag cloud of your posts – this is how you can go back and find articles that you have written (assuming you are good at tagging your posts – for ideas on tagging, see my article “Tagging Your Blog Posts Will Create Virtual Folders”)
  10. New Post – jumps right to a blank blog post screen so you can start typing your next post

Bookmark Folders

This is just a sample list and yours  may be similar. You also could add menu items for your favorite group pages on ActiveRain.  When you know that you will be dropping bookmarks into a folder, you can keep the item names a bit longer since they are not taking up horizontal space from your total bookmarks bar length. You will see that the folder pops up, it will be whatever width is required to show the descriptive text that you used.

Working with your bookmarks bar is just one of the many tips that I demonstrate in my latest video called “Browsing the Internet Power User Style”. You can follow that link to see the video if you want to see me demonstrate how to create a bookmarks bar and see many other useful internet tips!

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

More uses and quicker navigating...thank you for the lesson !

Aug 18, 2013 07:33 PM #25
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
WOW! Thanks for sharing. This will really be a great way to save all my I do. Awesome!
Aug 18, 2013 08:30 PM #26
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. I will bookmark this and read it again.

Aug 18, 2013 09:48 PM #27
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Craig,  I live by my bookmarks.  And I customize and sub group them.

Aug 18, 2013 10:04 PM #28
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Craig, I definitely use the Bookmarks in my browser. It saves lots of time. I was not aware of the folder option, so thank you for the tip!

Aug 18, 2013 10:45 PM #29
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Great info Craig...i will definitely start being better about bookmarks now!

Aug 18, 2013 11:13 PM #30
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its like being in college this post...good and beneficial data here...thank you

Aug 18, 2013 11:28 PM #31
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Craig-  thank you sharing and helping us all out! 

Aug 19, 2013 12:37 AM #32
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

craig. here you go again with great tips. I am going to bookmark this blog for further study. Thanks

Aug 19, 2013 01:11 AM #33
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Craig, I never thought about putting bookmarks on the bookmark bar. I thought it was just something Firefox put their for their use. Thanks for the tutorial.

Aug 19, 2013 01:34 AM #34
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Craig, you write the best posts!  I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge.  I have a bookmark bar on my Chrome, but not on my explorer (I didn't know I could do that).  I like the drag and drop feature.

Aug 19, 2013 01:41 AM #35
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

It's interesting to see how other people use their computers. You can tell a lot, or at least, make some assumptions, by the number of icons on their desktops and the way their browser bookmarks bar looks!

Aug 19, 2013 02:22 AM #36
Rosie Moore
Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City - Sugar Land, TX

Very useful info!  Thanks for sharing.

Aug 19, 2013 05:25 AM #38
Matt Kombrink
RE/MAX All Pro - Saint Charles, IL
Your #1 Source For Real Estate

Craig, excellent post here and thanks for sharing this information.  I have relied on the bookmark toolbar for years.  I especially love using Chrome since my toolbar follows me no matter what machine I'm on.

Aug 19, 2013 07:04 AM #39
Pam Jank
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro

Craig, thanks for another great tip.  I learned that one quite some time ago on my own.  Wish I had your easy quick tutorial back then.

Aug 20, 2013 01:10 AM #40
Emmary Simpson
Las Cruces Homes and Land - Las Cruces, NM
Serving Las Cruces, NM

One thing I did MANY years ago was create an actual homepage for myself - an HTML page (Hello Frontpage!) that is my browser's homepage-instead of it being Yahoo or Google or whatever. I have all of my frequent links on it.

Aug 21, 2013 04:03 AM #41
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


This was excellent!   I have my bookmarks set up but didn't know about the folders.  Good to know!!!

Thanks so much,


Aug 21, 2013 02:03 PM #42
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

I have plenty of boookmarks, however never thought of organizing them into folders. Great idea, thank you!

Feb 24, 2014 05:04 PM #43
Bahman Davani, CM at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055
Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas - Frisco, TX
Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX

Craig, great article with great step-by-step instructions. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 24, 2014 08:48 PM #44
Christie Moore
ERA First Advantage Realty, Homes and Real Estate - Henderson, KY
Your Real Estate Lady,ERA First Henderson

Always learning something new when I read your blog.  Keep up the great ideas

Mar 07, 2014 09:19 AM #45
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