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5 New Improvements Chrome Just Made To Its Bookmarks Manager

Chrome updates are not regularly covered on AddictiveTips but everyone once in a while, Chrome rolls out something that is awesome and we can’t help but talk about it. Today, Chrome’s new bookmarks manager is in the limelight. Not only does it have a new look but it’s also made saving bookmarks, editing bookmark thumbnails, deleting bookmarks, and selecting which folder to save a bookmark to easier. The icing on this cake is a new ‘notes’ feature that lets you add a note to the page you are bookmarking so the next time you look at it, you know why you saved it.

UI Improvements

Save a new bookmark and this is what the popup menu looks like. You can see the last folder you saved a bookmark to and you can also read the first few lines of text on the page from the thumbnail.


Selecting Thumbnails When You Save A Bookmark

You can see what thumbnail the link will be saved with when you bookmark it. If Chrome didn’t select the right thumbnail, use the left and right arrow button on the thumbnail to cycle through images on the page and select a different thumbnail image. The great thing is, the thumbnail supports GIFs.


Deleting A Bookmark

You’ll notice that when you click the bookmark button, the pop-up features a delete button on the thumbnail. The older version had a ‘remove’ button so this is more a cosmetic change than a new feature but it highlights the delete function better.

Search And Create Folders

Creating a new folder to save bookmark links is easier; if you want to add a new folder to the bookmarks bar, just type the name of the folder and click Create. You don’t have to go through the tree-structure layout of folders that already exist. If a folder with the same name already exists, it will move to the top of the list and you can select it. The create field also acts as a search bar for your folders.


Add Notes

Last but not least, the notes feature. You can add a note to a link when you save it or, you can add one later.


The update effectively puts a lot of extensions out of business though I’m curious if it will block any of the existing ones, or if it opens the door for potentially great new extensions.


  1. I don’t share your view that the new Chrome Bookmarks are easier and better than the old.

    Let me start with the method of saving a bookmark. Under the old method I click the star and it offers to save to the last place used. If that isn’t what I want, I click to open the drop-down, and it gives me a choice of the last five used, “bookmarks bar”, “other bookmarks”, and “choose another folder”. Clicking on “choose another folder” opens the tree. I have bookmarks organized in folders arranged alphabetically, which are subdivided as needed into subfolders and (in some cases) sub-subfolders, also arranged alphabetically. I can navigate from one end of the tree to the other in three swipes of the scroll wheel, so it never takes long to get to the folder I want. One more click and the bookmark is saved. That’s four clicks and three swipes of the scroll wheel at most. Compare the new method: Click on the star. If the suggestion isn’t the one I want, click on “add to folder”. That takes me to “bookmarks bar”. If that isn’t what I want (and it never is, because I keep very few bookmarks on the bar), another click takes me to “favorites”. A click there takes me to the folders. It shows the first three to start with, then five at a time, so now I probably have to scroll some. It jumps down four places with each swipe of the scroll wheel, which speeds it up but can cause overshoots if I’m not careful. Once I find the primary folder I want, a click takes me to the subfolders within. Navigating through them involves scrolling as before. Having found the subfolder I want, I have to go through this again to get to the sub-subfolder I want. This is six or seven clicks (plus one to close the bookmark dropdown) and up to eight swipes of the scroll wheel. Informal testing suggests that it takes me almost twice as long to save a bookmark the new way. In addition, I can see 14 items at a time in the old tree view, making it easy to see all the choices and select the correct one. The new method only allows me to see five at a time, so it’s easy to forget that I have a better place for this new bookmark than the one I’m looking at.

    The new Bookmarks are based around tiles. As far as I’m concerned, this is pretty much useless. It might be helpful if I only had a few bookmarks, but not when I have 3000+. I have a speed dial extension which I use for the sites I most use. It has tiles which are helpful, in fact much better than the Chrome Bookmark ones because I can have logos and/or the site name on them instead of a “screenshot”, so they are actually meaningful and distinctive, but more importantly there are limited numbers of them so I don’t get overwhelmed with clutter. Most of the bookmarks I have are for pages within sites, so in most cases a picture tells me nothing. What it does mean is that if I get into the tile view to look for a bookmark my screen is cluttered with unnecessary and unhelpful junk. Clicking on “Bookmarks” on the bookmarks bar is followed by a pause of several seconds while it loads up the page, and it then brings the bookmarks up in “most recent” order, making it useless for finding anything saved a while ago. I then click on “favorites”, which pulls up my primary folders as tiles. I then click on the one I want and see my subfolders as tiles. Having found the subfolder I want I repeat this procedure to see tiles for sub-subfolders, and then I can see the tiles for actual bookmarks. Every step involves scrolling down the page looking for what I want, and a brief pause while it loads. Many tiles have some sort of image on them, but none of them are very helpful, and in a few instances are downright misleading (a bookmark about using OneDrive with Ubuntu has a Google image on it!), while in many instances the images on folder tiles make the white text of the folder names hard to read. Also, I can only see 15 tiles per page, instead of about 30 bookmarks at a time in tree view, which makes it harder to find what I want. Added to this, the bookmark names are usually limited to about six words, while in tree view you can see about ten, depending on the length of the words. This can make it harder to know what the bookmark is about. In both the old and new versions you can mouse-over a bookmark to see more, but it’s quicker and easier if you don’t need to. Compare this with the old way: Clicking on “favorites” on the bookmark bar brings up the tree instantly, with no ten second delay while the page loads. I can see almost all the tree at once (25 folders out of the 33 I have can be viewed at once), so little, if any, scrolling is required. Mousing over a folder opens the sub-folders within. Mousing over the sub-folder brings up the sub-subfolders, and mousing over the sub-subfolder brings up the bookmarks. Much quicker and easier. Informal testing suggests it takes me an average of 60% longer to find a particular bookmark via the tile method than by going to the tree view.

    I don’t think creating a new folder is easier. Yes, it gives you the option up front to create a folder without navigating the tree, but if I create a new folder that way it doesn’t become part of my existing folder system. If I want to create a new folder where it should go in the existing folder system I still have to navigate there first before creating it, and as I outlined above it takes much longer to do that with the new system than the old. Also, I edit my folder system from time to time as folders get too big to be searched quickly. I create new folders/subfolders etc. and relocate bookmarks into them, or promote a subfolder to folder and divide it into new subfolders, or whatever I think will work best. The old Bookmark Manager enables me to essentially have the tree open twice, so I can drag and drop bookmarks, or complete folders, from one to the other to move stuff around. I can also copy and paste if I want to put the same bookmark in two folders (e.g. if I have an article which tells me how to do something in Windows and Linux I might want to file it under both “Windows” and “Linux” in order to find it easily for whichever system I need it for). If I simply want to move an item from one subfolder to another within the same folder I can do it without even opening the bookmark manager. In order to move a bookmark, the new Manager requires you to navigate a similar system to the one you go through to save a bookmark in the first place, involving multiple clicks to navigate to the folder you want to move the bookmark to. There doesn’t seem to be a good way to just drag and drop from one place to another. I haven’t tried large scale editing yet, but I suspect that if I want to split one folder into three it will be a time consuming nuisance. Also, I haven’t been able to find a way to copy a bookmark to a second folder. Being able to pull up a folder by typing the name might be helpful for some, but I can find folders on the tree faster than I can type most of the names.

    Deleting: not easier in any way, just different.

    The Note feature is OK, and some people may find it useful, but it’s not something that I’m terribly excited about. In most cases I can’t see the need to add notes. I probably know why I saved something, and it would be a waste of time to write notes that I will never look at, a waste of time to look for a note later if I didn’t write one, and if I’m going to go to the trouble of clicking on something to see if I made a note, and read it, I might as well click on the bookmark itself and see what it is.

    All in all, I consider it to be greatly inferior to the old system. Thankfully it can be disabled, at least for the moment.

  2. It’s still not possible to find WHICH folder you’ve saved a particular bookmark to. So even if you can find it by searching, you still have to search for it again in the future every time you want to use it. Really a major omission when they renovated their bookmarks.

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