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Your computer screen is valuable real estate. You only have limited space, and no matter how big your screen is, you want to make the most of what you have. Toolbars, those strips at the top of your screen, take up space so you should use them wisely.
Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers have toolbars where you can add bookmarks to your favorite sites for handy access. Taking a few seconds to save a bookmark to your toolbar can save you valuable time each day as you navigate to your favorite sites in an instant.
Note: Many browsers allow you to add a bookmark by dragging and dropping the website address (also known as the URL) onto the toolbar. To drag and drop, put your cursor (that arrow or flashing bar) on the object you want to move, then click the left button of your mouse (or the button on your mouse for Macs), move the object to where you want it to go, and release the mouse button.
Internet Explorer calls bookmarks “Favorites” and designates them with a yellow star. To add a site to your Favorites toolbar, go to the site, then click on the yellow star on the left side of the toolbar.
The bookmark will then appear on your Favorites toolbar. To rearrange your bookmarks on your toolbar, drag and drop them to the desired location.
You can customize the look of your Internet Explorer toolbar by right clicking on the toolbar and then selecting “Customize”. There you can choose the size of the icons and whether you want to include text as a reminder of what the icon represents.
Saving a bookmark to the Google Chrome toolbar is as easy as dragging and dropping. Put your cursor on the globe to the left of the web address/URL of the site you are on. Click on the left button of the mouse and drag that globe to your toolbar. Let go of the mouse and your bookmark appears.
You can re-position your bookmarks on your Chrome Toolbar by dragging and dropping them.
If you have a lot of bookmarks you want to keep on your toolbar, it’s best to keep them organized. You can create folders of bookmarks by right-clicking the toolbar and selecting Add Folder. You can name your folder with a title such as “Social” and then it will appear on your toolbar. Keep your titles short so you can fit more of them on your toolbar.
You can add a bookmark into a folder by dragging and dropping the bookmark from your toolbar or the web address/URL into the folder. You can rearrange the bookmarks within the folders by dragging and dropping them.
To delete a bookmark, right click on it and select “Delete.”
You can also manage your bookmarks in Chrome by clicking on the wrench icon on the right side of your toolbar and selecting “Bookmarks”. From there you can add, rearrange and rename your bookmarks and folders. You can also hide your bookmarks toolbar if you need to increase the viewing space on your screen.
Firefox allows you to add bookmarks to your toolbar by dragging and dropping. Put your cursor on the icon on the left side of the web address/URL and click the left mouse button. Drag the icon to the desired position on your toolbar. You can rearrange the icons by dragging and dropping them.
You can create folders for toolbar bookmarks by right-clicking the toolbar and choosing Add Folder. Name your folder and you can also add a description. Keep your folder title short to maximize the number of bookmarks you can fit in your toolbar.
You can also manage your toolbar bookmarks in Firefox from the Bookmarks button on your toolbar. From this button you can add bookmarks and folders. You can also manage your bookmark toolbar by adding separators.
To hide the bookmarks toolbar, right click on an empty space at the top of the screen and un-check Bookmarks Toolbar.
To add a bookmark to the Safari bookmark toolbar, drag and drop the icon on the left of the web address/URL onto the toolbar. You can drag and drop to rearrange your bookmarks.
You can also customize the look of your bookmark toolbar in Safari. Click on the settings icon (the icon on the upper right corner of the screen that looks like a gear) and select Customize Toolbar. From there you will open a small window that gives you choices such as adding bookmarks for New Tab, Home, and Top Sites.
From Settings, you can also hide the bookmarks toolbar.
Make sure to hide or delete any toolbars you aren’t using. You want as much screen space as you can get so if you’re not using a toolbar, get rid of it.
Do you use a bookmark toolbar in your browser? Do you find the bookmark toolbar handy to navigate between your favorite sites? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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