Favorites, or bookmarks as they’re sometimes referred to as are a dead simple way of accessing all your favorite websites at one location. From Google Chrome to Apple’s Safari browser there are embedded options and functions for importing, exporting, saving, editing or removing these links. We’ll cover these settings present in the top five browsers for quick reference.
When visiting a website you’d like to save as a bookmark, click the star next to the settings icon on the top right.
Click the star once more to be presented with options as to where the page should be saved for later access. Accepting the default will place the link on the bookmarks bar, right below the star.
Choose “Edit…” to see more options. Here, we can even change the URL or Name of the bookmark as well as it’s location.
To open Chrome’s main manager for all the links use either the shortcut key “Ctrl + Shif t+ O” or navigate through the menu. To use the menu, choose the settings icon on the top right, beneath the Exit, choose “Bookmarks” then “Bookmark manager.”
Search through all the saved bookmarks from the top search box. To add a new page or folder, use the corresponding selections under “Organize.”
Importing and exporting bookmarks is very simple. Again, under “Organize,” choose “Import bookmarks from HTML file…” to bring in older saved bookmarks or use the “Export bookmarks to HTML file…” to make a backup or save all the pages.
There are two main options to saving a new bookmark in Firefox. Enter “Ctrl + D” to bring up a window similar to that in Chrome or select “Bookmarks” from the menu and select “Bookmark This Page.”
Either way, a window like below will be presented where you can save to a specific folder and change the name.
Enter “Ctrl + Shift + B” to bring up the bookmarks library. It’s here we can search or edit all these different saved bookmarks. We also have the option to import or backup via the “Import and Backup” menu item.
Choose the bottom option of “Import Data from Another Browser…” and we are given the ability to use another browser’s favorites.
Internet Explorer favorites
Internet Explorer’s favorites are actually called Favorites. Choose “Favorites” from the menu bar and select “Add to favorites…” to add the present page to your favorites.
A similar window will prompt as in the previous browsers we’ve just covered.
Keep the default favorites folder or choose another by selecting it from the drop-down menu next to “Create in:” or enter a new folder name by selecting “New folder.”
To very quickly add a new favorite to the favorites bar without prompting for a name change or new location, choose “Favorites > Add to Favorites bar.”
Internet Explorer also has a favorites manager. Though it doesn’t include a search feature like Firefox or Chrome and is a bit less user-friendly, we can still access it for organizing all the saved favorites. Choose “Favorites > Organize favorites…” from the menu bar and notice the “Organize Favorites” window prompt.
The option to edit a page’s URL is not present in Internet Explorer’s Favorites Organizer but we can delete, rename or move via the bottom options.
Similar to Firefox and Chrome, choose the star to the right of the URL you’d like to save as a bookmark and select “Add to Bookmarks.”
Select the arrow to the right to specify a different folder.
To create a new folder for new bookmarks we’ll have to open the bookmarks manager window. Enter “Ctrl + Shift + B” or navigate to the Opera button on the top left and chose “Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks….”
Click the arrow next to the “Add” button to the left and select “New Folder.”
Enter any name for this new folder and click away to save it.
We can now go back and save a new page as a bookmark and have the option to save under the newly created folder.
Editing bookmarks in the manager window couldn’t be easier. Select the bookmark and choose the “Properties” button to left or enter “Alt + Enter.”
We can now edit everything about this bookmark right from this window – from the title and location to a nickname and description.
Still, within the manager window, we have the ability to export or import other bookmark files from a saved export or from another browser.
Just like in Firefox, Safari lets us add new bookmarks via the “Ctrl + D” shortcut key combination. The other option is to choose “Bookmarks” item from the menu bar and select “Add Bookmark….”
Select the appropriate folder for storage.
Then choose a name for reference and click “Add.”
To manage bookmarks in Safari, simply click the book icon on the left of the bookmarks menu.
We also can navigate to “Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks” or enter the key combo “Ctrl + Alt + B”.
Safari gives a nice cover flow style to our bookmarks in this window. We are able to scroll through history or saved pages this way. As it would seem, we can also edit these bookmarks from this same window. Right-click the desired page and choose to edit the name or address from the context menu.
Importing and exporting favorites in Safari is done from the File menu. Navigate to “File > Import Bookmarks…” to import or “Export Bookmarks” to export Safari’s favorites.
Though these five browsers are different in many ways – from their basic interface to their inter-workings, the way we manage their bookmarks/favorites isn’t all that unique. We can import and export favorites between all of them and edit the pages and folders to our heart’s desire. If find Opera and Chrome to be very user-friendly and contain a simple interface. Which browser is your favorite to use? Which seems to be easiest?