Browser bookmarks can become chaos over time. Do you need bookmarks for hundreds of websites you never visit? To save your bookmarks, delete them efficiently, and run a better-organized browser, follow these steps.
Back up your bookmarks first
Deleting a large number of bookmarks can be tricky. What if you need an obscure website that you bookmarked three years ago?
To avoid this stress, you should back up your bookmarks first. Your browser can export your bookmarks to an HTML file. If you need bookmarks that you have deleted, you can view or even import the HTML file in your browser and retrieve all deleted bookmarks.
Deleting a large number of bookmarks is easy when they are backed up. You can find them anytime you need them ̵
How to secure your bookmarks in all major browsers:
- Google Chrome : Click Menu> Bookmarks> Bookmark Manager. Click the menu button in the upper-right corner of the Bookmark Manager page and select "Export Bookmarks."
- Mozilla Firefox : Click menu> Library> Bookmarks> Show All Bookmarks. In the Library window, click Import and Save> Export Bookmarks to HTML.
- Apple Safari : Click File> Export Bookmarks. Give your file a name and choose a location.
- Microsoft Edge : Click Menu> Settings> General> Import or Export. Select "Favorites" and click the "Export to file" button.
- Internet Explorer : Click the Favorites icon (star) on the toolbar, click the down arrow to the right of Add to Favorites, and select Import and Export. "Select" Export to file ", click" Next ", choose" Favorites ", click" Next ", select the main folder" Favorites ", click" Next ", choose a location for the file and click "Export.
Save your bookmarks in a safe location, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive folders.
When you're done, double-click the .html file to view the contents You can open the file and use Ctrl + F to search for bookmarks, or use your browser's bookmark import feature to restore the bookmarks in your browser.
Delete these bookmarks
Now you can You're about to start Bookmarking, which may be easier in the bookmark manager on your web browser, for example, to open it in Chrome, click Menu> Bookmarks> Bookmark Manager.
You can right-click a bookmark or Click on a folder and select "Delete" to delete it, or left-click on a bookmark and press the "Delete" key on your keyboard Press the Ctrl key while holding down the left mouse button. To select a bookmark area, click one, hold down the Shift key, and then click another. You can hold down the Ctrl key and click on the selected bookmarks to deselect them. For a Mac, press the Command key instead of the Ctrl key.
Syncing your browser data will also erase your unreadable bookmarks on your phone. Of course, you can also manage bookmarks on your phone or tablet. These changes will be synchronized with the browser on your PC or Mac.
Or just hide them for now
If this is too much for you, you may lose sight of them. Press Ctrl + A to select all visible bookmarks. Instead, press Cmd + A on a Mac. You can then drag it to another folder. For example, you can drag it to the Other Bookmarks folder in Chrome or even create another folder for it. Then you can place the ones you want to use in the top level, and all the clutter will be hidden behind that folder.
This is a good compromise if you delete these bookmarks right away and have them all day long. Place these bookmarks in a hidden folder. If you use a bookmark, move it out of the folder. If you are sure that you do not need the bookmarks in the folder, you can delete the entire folder. Finally, you still have this backup file for the bookmark.
Make your bookmarks toolbar more compact
If you want to save a set of bookmarks for easy access in the toolbar, the names will appear a lot of space. You can remove the name of a bookmark and it will appear as an icon in the toolbar. This gives you much more space to work. To rename a bookmark in Chrome, right-click it, choose Edit, and change the name. Other browsers work similarly.
Of course, you do not have to completely remove the name. You could shorten it. For example, you can rename the Google Calendar bookmark to Calendar to make it smaller in the toolbar. Your bookmarks can be much more compact and easier to see at a glance.
Archive web pages instead of bookmarks
If you remember that you are bookmarking the bookmarks, you should bookmark all of these items in a specific folder – a kind of "Inbox" for bookmarks. Go through this folder every few weeks and delete any bookmarks that you do not care about.
If you want to archive web pages for later use, you should use an app like OneNote or Evernote instead. These apps archive the full text of a web page and can later be searched in your OneNote or Evernote app. They even keep the text of the website so that you can view it if it goes down. Finding information is much more convenient than browsing your bookmarks, which only includes the title of the website.
Are your bookmarks really useful?
The key to deciphering is to be honest, how useful something is. As Marie Kondo would say, do these bookmarks bring you joy?
A bookmark that results in a work tool that you use on a daily basis, or a particular recipe you love, could certainly be useful. However, if you have hundreds of bookmarks, it is likely that many of them are not really useful to you, but are close by just in case.
Be honest with yourself. This is the web, and you can find most things with a quick google search. If you ever need to search, you're probably going to contact Google instead of your messy bookmarks.