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How to optimize Google Chrome’s bookmarks bar space

Are you running out of space in your Google Chrome bookmarks bar? If so, here is a good tip!

If you are like me, you have hundreds, if not thousands of links bookmarked that are hard to find and organize.

Always have the most important links in the bookmarks bar. Crate folders in your bookmarks bar to categorize your links, but use short names, like: “edu” instead of “education”, “F” for “favorites”, “N” for “News”; etc. this will open up room for more links. You could also create subfolders with different subcategories, like: inside the folder “edu” you can create a “Math” and “History” folder.

Chrome Bookmark bar clutter

Next, Google Chrome browser allows us to rename links text to nothing (or null value), this just leaves us with the website icon’s image (or favicon); nowadays you can recognize most of the icon’s images from your favorite websites, so this should not be a problem (You can think of the icon’s image as a button to get to your favorite website). If for any reason the icon’s image for a particular website’s link does not show up, rename the link to 2 or 3 letters, just enough for you to recognize it.

Google Chrome bookmark bar organized

To rename links or folders follow these steps:

1  Right click in the bookmarks bar link or folder and select edit.

Editing link in Chrome

2  Erase everything in the “Name:”field (Just leave it blank) and click OK to finish. It’s that simple!

Modifying link in Chrome bookmark bar

Or you can do this from the Bookmark manager.

1  Once you are in the Bookmark manager (refer to the image below), find the link that you want to change, right click it and select edit.

Getting to Chrome Bookmark Manager

Editing links from the bookmark manager

2  Erase the name and hit Enter.

3  Repeat this process for every link in the bookmarks bar folder.

To create a folder from the Bookmark manager, find and select the folder named Bookmarks bar and:

1  Click the menu Organize located at the up-left corner of Chrome’s Bookmark manager.

Creating a folder in the Bookmark manager of Google Chrome

2 Select Add Folder and type a short name and hit Enter.

If you do not like the location of the folder, you can drag the folder with your mouse to any where you like.

You can also create a folder by right clicking in an empty space in the Bookmarks bar and selecting Add folder.

Now you are able to consolidate your favorites, your bookmarks bar will look better, clean, uncluttered, and you’ll have a faster access to navigate all your links.

Tutorial

 

SEE ALSO: If you don’t have Google Chrome yet, you can download it here!

Update:

To find the bookmarks bar in Chrome version 6 and up, do the following:

1  Open Chrome and click Chrome menu icon

2  Select Tools and click Always show bookmarks bar.

or just do Ctrl+Shift+B

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  • Cody

    Brilliant!!

    • http://Pureinfotech.com Pureinfotech

      Thanks!

  • md nayeem

    Thanks (pureinfotech) for your valuable text/video tip about Google chrome bookmarks space. I was about to DUMP chrome as it was running out of bookmarks space on  bookmarks bar. I wish chrome could accommodate more in BookMarkBAR.

    Keep Up.

    • mhweb

      md nayeem thank you for your comment!

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  • Marianne Sandling

    This explained EXACTLY what I needed to know!! I was trying to save room on my bookmarks bar, and have the netflix logo, but using a /ref logo ending (not sure where it came from lol) I tried to copy it for netflix, but it didn’t work… I now have a bar full of logos and love it!! Thanks for the help!!

    • Mauro

      Thanks, I am glad it helped.