For anyone who surfs the web even semi-regularly, learning to use Internet bookmarks (also known simply as bookmarks, favorites or shortcuts) is absolutely essential. Just like a regular bookmark saves the location of a page in a book, Internet Bookmarks allow you to save the location of a page on the Internet. Web addresses are sometimes hard to remember (e.g. even a relatively easy one like http://seniorsinternethelp.com/non-technical-hobbies-and-interests-vs-the-internet could catch you out in a number of ways), and even the addresses of websites that you visit frequently may become annoying if you must continually type in their address. Bookmarks make this problem a thing of the past by saving addresses for you in a list so that you can go to that page at a later date simply by clicking on its name. A bookmark can point to the main “home page” of a website or it can point to any sub-page of a site. There are no limit to the number of bookmarks that can be created, so you can bookmark multiple sites and/or bookmark multiple pages within the same site if you like.
How Do I Add a Bookmark?
To add a new bookmark, first navigate to the page you want to save within your Internet browser, then depending on which browser you’re using, do one of the following:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: Click on the “Favourites” menu or button (looks like a star), then click on “Add to Favorites”. When prompted, type in a new name for the page, then click Add;
- Google Chrome: Simply click on the star icon in the address bar;
- Mozilla Firefox: Again, simply click on the star icon in the Location bar (the star will turn yellow-blue and a bookmark for the page you’re on will be created in the “Unsorted Bookmarks” folder);
- Opera: Click the star icon in the address field and choose “Add to bookmarks”;
- Apple Safari: Navigate to the “Bookmarks” menu, select “Bookmark this page”, change the name, then click “Add”.
(note: most browsers also accept the Ctrl-D key combination).
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How Do I Use a Bookmark?
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: Click on the “Favourites” menu or button (looks like a star), then click on the bookmark;
- Google Chrome: Click on the bookmark within the “Bookmarks” bar (directly under the address bar) or “Bookmarks” menu;
- Mozilla Firefox: Click on the bookmark within the “Bookmarks” menu or start typing the name of the bookmark into the address bar until it appears in the list displayed (and then select it);
- Opera: Open the “Panels” sidebar, click on the “Bookmarks” icon, then click on the bookmark;
- Apple Safari: Navigate to the “Bookmarks” menu, then click on the bookmark or (if visible) select it from the most commonly used bookmarks in the Bookmark bar (directly under the Address bar).
How Do I Remove a Bookmark?
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: Navigate to the “Favourites” menu, select “Organize favourites”, select the bookmark you want to remove, then click on “Delete”. Alternatively, right click on the bookmark from the “Favourites” menu, then click “Delete”;
- Google Chrome: Click on the wrench icon in the browser toolbar, select “Bookmarks”, optionally select “Bookmark manager”, right click the bookmark, then click on “Delete”;
- Mozilla Firefox: Navigate to the page in your bookmarks that you want to remove, click on the star icon in the Location bar, then click “Remove Bookmark”;
- Opera: Open the “Panels” sidebar, click on the “Bookmarks” icon, find the bookmark you want deleted and either right click it and choose delete, or drag it to the trash. Alternatively, navigate to the “Bookmarks” menu, select “Manage Bookmarks”, then right click the one which you want to delete, and click “Delete”;
- Apple Safari: Click the open-book icon to view your bookmarks list, select the bookmark, and click on ”Delete”.
What Else Can I Do with Bookmarks?
Depending on the Internet browser you’re using there are various numbers of additional functions you can perform with or on Bookmarks. Some of these are quite simple, e.g. editing and organising your bookmarks into folders, while some are quite complicated, e.g. sharing your bookmarks with other devices like your mobile phone. For further reading click on one of the following links: