Saturday, March 3, 2012

Customize your Bookmarks Bar

Don't know what a bookmark bar is? Well, you're in the right place. In this post I'll explain what it is, how to enable it, and how to customize it in your Google Chrome browser. (If you're a Firefox user, click HERE for information.)

What is a Bookmark Bar?
Basically, it is a bar below your URL toolbar which stores your favorite sites. One click takes you to the sites you've saved. You can also drag and drop a site onto the bookmark bar.

What First?
First, you need to enable it, by clicking on your 'Customize and Control Google Chrome' icon in the top right corner of your browser. Click Bookmarks then choose Show Bookmarks Bar.

You may be given the opportunity to import bookmarks from another browser. You can do that if you choose, or start from scratch by simply going to your favorite sites, clicking their favicon (little picture beside their web address), and dragging it down to your bookmark bar.


Editing Titles: You might notice that when you first enable your bookmark bar, it shows the favicon as well as the title of the website. This takes up a lot of space, and is generally not needed. Here's how to fix it so that only the icons or specified text shows up. Just right click on the favicon on your bookmark bar. Click Edit. Now you can delete the name, or give it a few letters so it won't take up so much space on your bar. Repeat as necessary. 

Rearranging Favicons: Favicons can be rearranged by dragging and dropping them into place. You can even separate them into groups by renaming the last favicon in the group with a period or slash mark. 

If you'd like to add a favicon to your own blog, please see Cara's post at Teaching My Calling.


  1. Thanks! This was very helpful.


    Fun in Room 4B

  2. Great blog! I've only been blogging for a couple of months and you've got a lot of great ideas! Please stop by my and check it out! I'd love to share ideas with you!

  3. Thank you both so much for the feedback. I love to hear from people reading my blog!

    Elizabeth, I follow your blog and use it regularly. You're amazing!

    BJ,I'm so glad you posted because somehow I had not stumbled onto your blog yet. What a great find! I'm your newest member.



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