Bookmark Bar Organization


This is more of a ‘show me yours’ type of post. Course first then, I should show you mine.

While and and other similar social bookmarking services become more and more integrated into our browsers, I continue to keep certain bookmarks locally, in a GTD-esque style. I replicate (I know, there are numerous ways to keep these things sync’d, I don’t. So sue me) this setup on each computer and each browser I use. So here it is.

At the left of the Bookmark Bar (that which is right between the tabs and the navigation tool bars) is a folder I’ve come to name, ‘svcs’. This folder holds bookmarklets that I use frequently. Think posts, GmailThis!, and so on.

Next I have a folder called ‘inspire’. This is where I drag sites that have some element or colors I really like and inspire me in one way or another.

Down the line further is a ‘REVIEW’ folder. Here are articles or products or what-have-you that I’d like to refer to for further consideration in the near future, while whatever they are, may still be relevant. (Another solution to this same idea is emailing notes or urls to a private blogger blog that I’ve named, ‘remind’. I then keep this RSS feed as a folder in my Bookmark Bar.)

The last full-time folder in the row is ‘READ’, in which are more lengthy articles and such I wish to come back to when I have more time to digest them. The REVIEW and READ folders require regular maintenance, as I don’t like them filling up too much as each week passes.

The remainder of the Bookmark Bar sports up to the moment urls that I want quick reference to very temporarily – maybe something that I want to keep at the ready while I restart Firefox or Safari, or whatever and don’t want to lose for lack of a ‘session saver’ or the like. Expanding on this idea, I may bookmark several tabs in a temp folder just for the moment…

So that’s pretty much it. It works for me and helps me keep my bookmarks under control and still easily accessible. I know it’s not quite the Apple-specific post, but I’m sure the readership here has plenty of good input for other ideas and solutions for similar setups. So, how about it? Do you know of an app I shouldn’t be missing that may be better for doing this similar thing? Or maybe just a better process?


james braselton

hi there how do i local book mark becuase my book marks delets affter 24 hours

Give Vote

You’re really thankful for this post, I’ve been really enjoying checking up your posts from time to time. Looking forward to see your future posts

c. wess daniels

I use safari and I love that the bookmarks are tied to numbers in the toolbar. So I have all my favorite java-scripts in there like the one for Pukka and shorty – and others like them. But I’ve also put a number beside them so I can easily get it right the first time.

See a picture here

I keep an RSS folder just for stuff I need to check often like Macappaday! :)
An Account folder for all my bills, cpanel, google, etc.
And a freq.sites which would be like bulletin boards, and sites i want to go back and check pretty often.

I haven’t figured out how to use delicious well with quicksilver yet – any tips?


I’ve switched to using for everything because of the new Firefox extension. The new extension completely replaces the bookmark manager in Firefox. It adds a button to the toolbar which will open a pop-up window to tag and save the current pag to your bookmarks.

The part I really like is that it turbocharges the bookmarks toolbar. You can view bookmarks on the toolbar by tag or by site. I have mine set to show “most visited” bookmarks on the bar which corresponds to sitesa I visit and bookmarklets I use every day. When I need to, I can switch to show bookmarks with the “firefox:toolbar” tag which has some critical sites and bookmarklets, but so far they haven’t dropped off the “most visited” list yet.

Searching for bookmarks is also replaced in Firefox so you are actually searching your account for tags, descriptions, titles, etc. to find bookmarks.

I get everything done on my main computer very easily using the extension and I can still get to all my bookmarks when I’m using a computer in a lab or another room in the school where I work.


I use Webnote Happy. It’s a wonderful bookmark manager which is browser agnostic and allows you to order in both folders and smartfolders. It also allows tagging, and browsing by your tags, as well as Delicious integration.
I use it in conjunction with Quicksilver. I mark the bookmarks I want to be able to access as save to Del.ic.ious, and then use the Quicksilver Del.ic.ious plugin so I can access them all.
It works wonderfully, and keeps all my bookmarks organized and easily accessible.
Adding bookmarks is as easy as CMD-Shift-D, or using a bookmarklet I pulled in at the top of OmniWeb, Safari and Camino.


I pretty much live by Quicksilver now – being able to call up not only URLs locally bookmarked but also those on my account is great

Chuck Cheeze

I use Safari only- first is a menu I call go, in there is gm (gmail), dl (delicious), p2dl (post to del), nb (newzbin), wp (wikip), mefi, mwl (metawishlist), p2mwl, and some other frequent personal sites. Next on the bar is gm (gmail), gThis, gc (gCal), rtm (Remember the Milk), 2read – which you should check out. Sign up for an account and register an email account, then put the bookmarklet on your bar, and when you are viewing a page, click 2read, and it grabs a copy of the page and emails it to you. I have a 2read folder in gmail and a filter that pushes those emails into the folder- so every few days in spare time I visit that folder to read the pages – maybe a good sub for your READ folder-, then some work bookmarks after that basically.


Interesting post. I never thought about having a folder of bookmarks on the bar that ‘I didn’t have time to read’. I will implement this immediately :-)

I use to keep my stuff synced between home and work, and though I have to use FireFox at work (PC), I use Safari at home, so syncing bookmarks properly needs a little thought as the structure is quite different.

In fact this leads me to be tempted to switch to FF at home, but I love being able to CMD-1 to instantly load the first bookmark on my toolbar, CMD-2 for the second, etc…

Comments are closed.