For heavy Chrome-users, it’s not uncommon to search long and hard for a bookmark you added a while ago. If you’re anything like the average Chrome-user, dozens of bookmarks can pile up quick. So many great websites, so little time. Managing them can take more than a bit of skill.

Trying to find lost bookmarks ranks up there as one of the most annoying online hassles ever. The time wasted searching for bookmarks, sometimes through multiple bookmark bars, can drive a user mad, and Holmes is the extension for this very issue. This elegant extension is a high-powered search engine for your bookmarks, taking the headache out of manually searching for them ever again.

Our guide will outline how to use the Holmes extension in Chrome.

Easily Find Bookmarks in Chrome

Install Holmes

To use Holmes, you will need to install in onto your Chrome browser. To procure a copy, visit the download page for Holmes at the Chrome Web Store and click the blue “Add to Chrome button.”


After you click, follow the prompts to complete the installation. Once it’s installed, an icon for Holmes – a black “H” – will now be visible in the top-right toolbar of Chrome.


Search Bookmarks Using Holmes

Now that Holmes has been installed, getting comfortable with it is your next step. To begin using Holmes, click the “H” icon in the toolbar, and a pop-up window will appear. This is the main search box for Holmes. Click where it says “Holmes at your service” to begin searching your bookmarks.


As you type letters in the search field, Holmes will automatically bring up any bookmarks that contain those letters, in a way quite similar to Google’s search engine.


When you find the bookmark you’re looking for, there will be a small “Ctrl + 1” black icon to the right of the bookmark result. This keyboard shortcut means you can switch to the first tab currently open in your browser with that shortcut, which some people prefer to do before opening the bookmark.


To view the bookmark, all you need to do is hit the “Enter” key and the bookmark will open straight away in a new tab.


You can also access Holmes another way using Omnibox integration, a feature many users loved about Neat Bookmarks, an extension no longer available.

This lets you search your bookmarks right in your address bar by typing an asterisk “*,” then hitting the “Tab” key. When you type these, Holmes will appear in your address bar, where you can then conduct a search.



Holmes is a definite time-saver. It could be improved upon in some areas such as letting users know which folder the bookmark resides, which would be useful for future uses. It also tends to get bogged down if you have a huge collection of bookmarks.

With that said, the extension works fast for the average bookmark collections and is a quicker alternative that hitting hit “Ctrl + shift + O” to search in the Bookmarks Manager. For Chrome-users who want better bookmark control, this is the app to get.

If you need to access your Chrome bookmarks in Firefox, another situation users may need a work around for, you might want to give Fess extension a try. Alternatively, Xmarks is another option to sync bookmarks across browsers.

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