We visit hundreds of websites every day, be it for business, side projects or personal interests. Most websites don’t really have to be remembered. A few websites, however, we visit over and over again. It would be great to set shortcuts for them so we can avoid re-typing URLs or searching Google. Sometimes we come across links that we would like to return to in the future – keeping them for later would significantly help our experience of browsing the Internet.
The good news is that all modern search engines support saving links – called bookmarks – for later use. This is one of the best ways to remember the best of what you have found on the internet, and it is very easy to do. Let’s see how we can set bookmarks on a Mac using browsers like Safari and Google Chrome.
What is a bookmark on Mac?
Simply put, a Mac bookmark is a shortcut to access the information you need. There are many reasons to create new labels on Mac. People use them to store recipes, interesting articles, frequently updated websites (e.g. news or task managers) or reference links for use in a future project.
You can also use markers to organize your workspace. If you use the same web tools every day, it would be good to save them all as bookmarks, maybe even add a bookmark folder to Safari for them, so that when you get to the office in the morning, you can easily open them all once and for work.
So here’s how to save an open tab as a bookmark in Safari and Chrome.
How to create bookmarks in Safari
Safari is the default browser on macOS and the second most popular browser after Chrome. It’s fast, private, efficient and boasts native Mac integration. Safari also offers several options for adding new bookmarks to any page you visit.
If you want to add an active card as a bookmark, simply go to Bookmarks in the menu bar and select Add bookmark … (or ⌘ + D). Customize the URL in the pop-up window or write a short description, if necessary. Then specify in which folder you want to save the bookmark using the drop-down menu. By default, you can save bookmarks to the general list or Favorites, which will display them in the Favorites bar, just below the URL. When you’re done, click Add.
To manage pre-installed bookmarks or delete bookmarks you just saved, you can open Sidebar by going to View ➙ Show Sidebar (Shift + ⌘ + L) or Bookmarks ➙ Edit Bookmarks (Option + ⌘ + B).
In the sidebar, you can scroll through folders and right-click on anything you want to rename, edit, or delete. Right-click on any empty space to create a new folder as well. Manage items by dragging only.
In the bookmark editor, you can click to select items, use the Delete key to get rid of them, move them, and create folders by clicking New Folder at the top.
Everything you save in Favorites will be displayed on your Favorites bar, which you can enable by going to View ➙ Show Favorites Bar (Shift + ⌘ + B).
How to manage bookmarks in Chrome
Adding bookmarks to Google Chrome is just as easy. Simply visit the page you want to bookmark, then click Bookmarks ➙ Bookmark this tab (⌘ + D) in the menu bar. You get the option to immediately rename the bookmark and save it to a specific folder.
To manage bookmarks, go to Bookmark Manager, which you can find on the Bookmarks tab in the menu bar, or use the shortcut Option + ⌘ + B. In Manager, feel free to drag links around, either prioritize them or move them to different folders. Click the three-point menu for more editing and deleting options.
Search engine tags, however, are only a small part of what you might need to keep track of. What about notes, copied items, snippets of text, scribbles, and more? To effectively manage all types of content, you need Paste.
Paste is a handy utility to which you can copy anything you come across. Just click ⌘ + C and it will be saved. This app is great for extending the capabilities of your clipboard beyond just one item and presenting them visually. You can copy text, screenshots, images, links, etc. Over time, Paste turns from a useful clipboard manager into a reliable record of everything that happens on your Mac.
How to bookmark a folder on a Mac
Search engines are not the only place where bookmarks and shortcuts can be used. You probably have thousands of files and folders on your Mac, but generally use only a few on a daily basis. Instead of going through the structure of folders to find them every time, you can also create shortcuts in Finder, Dock and Desktop for easier access.
To create a shortcut on the Finder sidebar:
- Open the Finder from the Dock
- Navigate to the folder you want to mark
- Drag the folder to any position on the sidebar
Note: You can only mark folders on the Finder sidebar.
Another option for creating shortcuts for folders but also files is to save them in the Dock:
- Find any folder or file on your Mac
- Drag them to the Dock and drop them between the vertical line and the Scrap. Be careful not to delete them!
You can now access your files and folders from the Dock at any time.
Finally, some people find it convenient to move files and folders to their desktop so they can open them quickly when needed. This, however, removes those files from their proper folder structure on your Mac. A better option is to create an alias, a literal shortcut, that can be placed on the desktop or any other folder and that would open the file from the original location instead.
To create a Mac alias:
- Find the file or folder for which you want to create a shortcut
- Right-click and select Create Alias
- Drag an alias to any folder on your Mac, including the desktop or even the Dock. Opening an alias will open its folder or file from the original location.
What if you’re looking for an easy way to organize and run apps on your Mac? You can’t put everything in the Dock. How do you access apps on the go? The answer is Start.
Start is a super useful utility that lives in the menu bar and allows you to organize all the applications on your Mac the way you want, with just one click. You can add tags, comments and colors. Assign shortcuts. Use a quick search. Even drop items directly into apps to open them.
As you can see, it’s easy to add new bookmarks to any page you visit in Safari and Chrome. Additionally, you can create new bookmarks on Mac, Finder, Dock, and Desktop. Even better, you can keep track of everything else that happens in your life with Paste and organize your apps so they can be accessed instantly using Start.
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