How To Make the Best Out of the Bookmarks Bar Of Any Browser

Okay guys, let me tell you this first, this is not a Chrome only feature. This can be done on any browser with a bookmarks toolbar, and many of you actually know how to do this and are using this trick.

But there are still many, who will be interested in this, hence a post for this cool trick.

Bookmarks toolbar is where we usually keep our favorite links. But for many of you, the space will be over by the time you put 4 or 5 links. Now, think about this – for some websites, do you really need the name on the bookmarks bar to identify them ? their favicon is enough right ? (the little icon that you see on the address bar for most websites.) Here, have a look how I have arranged them


Here is how to do this.

Let us take the example of When you add the link to the bookmarks bar, Now, right click on that link. Select Edit. From the Name field, delete the whole title of the page, and then click “Okay”,

…and you have the bookmark with the icon, and no title ! Do it for all your favorite links !

Enjoy !

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Alec Burgess 17/08/2010, 7:23 pm

    Yes – that works, but much better would be to have a chrome extension that that does the same thing as:
    Firefox Smart Bookmarks Bar 1.4.3
    see others requesting same:

  • Maldar 17/08/2010, 8:22 pm

    I indeed new this already, and it is soo nice.

    @Alec Burgess,

    Why is that extension better? It only gives you a rollover extra. And you need an extension to do the same as in chrome native 😀

    Only missing thing is a bookmark manager with an option to add an favicon (for websites without favicon)

  • Alec Burgess 17/08/2010, 8:39 pm

    @Maldar: On my Firefox bookmark bar I have 9 folders and 36 icons not all of which I immediately recognize just from the icon and some of which have no favicon and hence just a generic icon

    I find it faster to use the rollover (Firefox) rather than the tooltip (Chrome) which though it does display the underlying URL is not as useful as the short text string to which I’ve renamed my Firefox toolbar bookmarks.

    Note: I think there is some CSS way to give the “Smart Bookmarks” folders non-standard icons too (eg add a letter to icon face or change color) but have not yet figured how to do it.

  • Jim 16/09/2010, 3:39 am

    How about an extension that would allow the bookmark to operate similarly to the back/forward buttons? Click the bookmark to go to that site, click+hold for a folder. Example: You have a bookmark for local weather but a folder that has links directly to local weather for places visited frequently.
    I do this now by having only the fav icon for the main page and place a folder directly to the right. Wouldn’t be too bad if you could remove the folder icon and have only the text.

  • David 04/11/2010, 1:35 am

    This sounds good to me, but I wrap all my bookmarks in:
    javascript:(void(” some url “)))
    so that they will always open in a new tab. No remembering to do a Ctrl-click, or whatever the incantation is.

    With that setup the icon is a plain old dog-eared page, not the favicon. Is there a way I can get that with this? Or a better way to make sure my bookmarks always open in new tabs?

  • Paul Robinson-Dow 14/04/2011, 7:09 pm

    I have installed Google Chrome on another partition and want to import the bookmark bar. Is there a way to do it? Which folder holds these bookmarks?

  • danielle 25/10/2012, 4:33 am

    I just changed to chrome. I lost my Favorites list. The big yellow star at top right corner is empty and I cant get my old list and I need it. Please help me.


    • Dinu 25/10/2012, 9:49 am


      go to settings, and search for import .. import your favorites from Internet Explorer.. on Chrome they will be named Bookmarks

  • Ouiser 04/11/2012, 5:47 pm

    Thanks so much for your help!!!!! Works terrific!!!
    I am one of the oldies… just changed to Chrome this morning… 🙂

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