July 6th, 2010
I love to have quick links available to sites I visit often. That’s why I love the Google Chrome “New Tab Page”, with links to my 8 most visited sites, and also links to recently closed tabs. I also love auto-complete in the Chrome address bar – I can start typing in the address of sites that I visit often, and it fills in the rest.
But there are some sites that I don’t visit every day, perhaps just 3-4 times a week, but I still want 1-click access to them. I don’t want to memorise the URLs, because they are long, or similar to other URLs that I visit more frequently. A perfect example of this is some of Google’s other services – Analytics and Adsense. The URL for both of them begins with http://www.google.com/ so auto-complete isn’t of such great help, and I don’t go there often enough to make the New Tab Page.
This is exactly what I use the Bookmark Bar for! The Bookmark Bar sits just below the address bar, and gives a thin strip containing links and folders of links – providing quick access to your bookmarks and favourite sites. To add a site to your bookmark bar, simply click and drag the star next to the address bar (the Bookmark button) down to the Bookmark Bar. A right click in the Bookmark bar also give options for adding new pages and folders. Folders are fantastic, because with 2 clicks (Right click > Open all Bookmarks) you can open all of those pages in separate tabs (even in a new window). Perfect for opening a group of related sites very quickly (at lunch break for example).
So, I was horrified and lost when I got to work this morning and saw that my Bookmarks Bar was no where to be found. I thought perhaps an over night update to Chrome had disabled or changed it. Fortunately, this was not the case. The Bookmark Bar can be instantly shown/hidden with the key combination ‘Ctrl + B’. Nice and simple. So for those of you who like the extra bit of room for the web page, hiding and showing the Bookmark Bar is quick and simple, allowing efficiency and convenience. And who knows – you may even like it enough to leave it there all the time!