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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Using the Bookmarks Bar

Most people know how to create Bookmarks to save locations on the Internet for future use. Google Chrome, Firefox, and most "modern" browsers also allow you to create bookmark buttons in a "Bookmark Bar" just below the address bar. Your Bookmark Bar should include quick links to your daily "go to" sites like gMail, Drive, and Edu 2.0.

1) In Chrome, make your Bookmarks Bar visible by clicking on the menu (three horizontal lines in the upper right), then pointing to "Bookmarks" and clicking "Show Bookmarks Bar." The keyboard shortcut ctrl+shift+B will also toggle this on/off.

2) Once the bar is showing you can add one-click "buttons" by visiting a site you wish to bookmark and clicking the star on the right end of the address bar. (Alternate method: drag the icon to the left of the URL down into the Bookmark Bar.) Using the star method, make sure you are putting the bookmark in the Bookmarks Bar folder. You can also shorten the "Name" that appears in the bar so that it is clearer to you and/or takes up less space. Cool Trick: If you remove the name completely, you will have a small icon only, with no text! To edit the button text later, right-click on the button and choose "Edit."

3) To create your own drop-down lists of bookmarks, right-click an empty spot in the Bookmarks Bar and choose "Add Folder." Give the folder a name and then add bookmarks to that folder to create a list.

For complete control of your Bookmarks (Delete, sort & organize, move bookmarks from Other Bookmarks to Bookmarks Bar, etc.) open the Bookmark Manager from the Chrome menu.

And More: If you are using Chrome, sign in to Chrome (not just your Google Apps account) and your bookmarks, history, add-ons and Chrome Apps will be "synced" and available on any computer!

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