Monthly Archives: October 2014

Export Bookmarks In Chrome OS

By default, if you are signed into Chrome the browser backs up your bookmarks to your Google account. This makes manually backing up your bookmarks unnecessary. However, there are several different scenarios where you might want to manually export your bookmarks. For instance, you might wish to export your bookmarks to a different browser running on a Windows PC or a Mac OS X system, or you might want to import your bookmarks into a Chrome browser running on a different computer.

To export your bookmarks, first go to the Chrome browser’s Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, go to the Bookmarks submenu, and then click on the item for Bookmarks Manager, which will then open in a new tab. Once you are in Bookmarks Manager, click on the Organize drop-down menu, and then click on the Export Bookmarks To HTML File item.

A dialog box will appear offering locations to store your exported bookmarks. Navigate to a suitable location and click the Save button, and your bookmarks will be saved as an HTML file in that location.

-JM

Use The Bookmarks Bar In Chrome

When using the Chrome web browser, you might find it convenient to pin your most frequently access bookmarks to the Bookmarks Bar. The Bookmarks Bar is simply a toolbar that runs across the top of your Chrome browser window, just below the Omnibox. Any bookmarks saved to the Bookmarks Bar appear as buttons upon the bar, and you can browse to the bookmarks’ saved websites simply by clicking on the button in the bar.

There are two ways to turn on the Bookmarks Bar. The first way is by going to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, go to the Bookmarks submenu, and then click on the item for Show Bookmarks Bar. The Bookmarks Bar will immediately appear. The second way is by pressing the CTRL+SHIFT+B keys simultaneously, which will immediately summon the Bookmarks Bar. (Using either of these techniques when the Bookmarks Bar is visible will hide the bar.)

Adding a bookmark to the Bookmarks bar is easily done through Bookmarks Manager. To access Bookmarks Manager, go to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, go to the Bookmarks submenu, and then click on the item for Bookmarks Manager, which will then open in a new tab. Once you are in Bookmarks Manager, the Bookmarks Bar will be listed as a folder in the left-hand window. You can move bookmarks to the bar by dragging them to the Bookmarks Bar’s folder.

-JM

 

Create Bookmark Folders In Chrome OS

Bookmarks in the Chrome browser are convenient, but as you add more and more of them they can become rapidly less convenient. Fortunately, the Chrome browser offers a convenient way to organize and sort your bookmarks using folders. Bookmark folders work a lot like folders in the Chrome OS Files application. You can put bookmarks within individual folders, and then nest additional folders within the first folder.

The easiest way to create folders is through the Bookmarks Manager tab. To access the Chrome browser’s Bookmarks tab, go to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, go to the Bookmarks submenu, and then click on the item for Bookmarks Manager, which will then open in a new tab.

Bookmarks Manager has two columns. The smaller column on the left displays the folder structure of your bookmarks. The column on the right displays the contents of the currently selected folder in the left window. To create a new bookmark, right-click or ALT-click on the folder in the left hand window in which you wish to create a new bookmark and select New Folder from the menu that appears. A new folder will be created in the selected folder, and you can set the name for the folder by typing and hitting the ENTER key.

You can also create a folder by selecting a starting point in the left-hand column by left-clicking on it. The right column will then display the contents of the selected folder. Right-click or ALT-click somewhere in the right hand column, and select New Folder from the menu that appears. Type the name of the new folder and hit ENTER, and the new folder will be created.

-JM

 

Delete Bookmarks in Chrome

Bookmarks are a convenient way to keep track of websites you want to or need to visit frequently, but as your needs change you may no longer wish to visit those websites. Fortunately, the Chrome browser makes it easy to delete unwanted bookmarks. There are three main ways to do so.

The first way is to visit the bookmarked page and then to hit the CTRL+D keys simultaneously. This will bring up the dialog box for adding a bookmark. However, since the bookmark is already saved, you can hit the Remove button in the lower left-hand corner of the dialog box. This will immediately delete the bookmark.

The second way to delete a saved bookmark is to go to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, click on the Bookmarks menu, which shows all your saved bookmarks. Right-click or ALT-click on any of the saved bookmarks and select Delete, and the Chrome browser will delete the selected bookmark.

The third way to delete a bookmark is through the Bookmarks Manager. To open the Bookmarks Manager, go to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, click on the Bookmarks menu, which shows all your saved bookmarks, and then click on the Bookmarks Manager item. This will open Bookmarks Manager in a new tab, listing all your saved bookmarks and folders. Right-click or ALT-click on a bookmark, and select Delete from the menu.

-JM

Add A Bookmark In Chrome Browser

The Internet is vast, and many web addresses are long and complex. You might have a few web addresses memorized, perhaps the addresses of your bank, your employer, and your favorite ecommerce sites. Anything beyond that becomes difficult to remember, a problem further exacerbated by the complex length of many logon pages. This is where a “bookmark” comes into play. A bookmark is nothing more than a saved link to a website, given an easy-to-remember name. That way, rather than recalling and typing a long and complex address every time you need to visit a website, you can simply click on the bookmark. The Chrome browser offers several ways to create a bookmark.

To create a bookmark, go to the Settings menu by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. From the Settings menu, click on the Bookmarks menu, which shows all your saved bookmarks, and then click on the Bookmark This Page item. You will then see a dialog box with a text field that allows you to type a name for the bookmark (the Chrome browser uses the page’s title as the default), and a drop-down menu that allows you to choose the folder in which Chrome will create the bookmark. Once you are finished, click the Done button, and Chrome will create the new bookmark.

You can also access this dialog box by hitting the CTRL+D keys simultaneously on the keyboard. Hitting CTRL+SHIFT+D simultaneously saves every single open tab as a bookmark. This is convenient if you have a large number of bookmarks you want to create simultaneously, but be careful using this keystroke, as you might inadvertently create a large number of unwanted bookmarks.

-JM

Zoom In With The Chrome Browser

When browsing the Internet with Chrome, from time to time you might need to zoom in on a web page. Perhaps you wish to zoom in for a closer look at the text or a picture, or maybe the text is too small to read comfortably, and you want to make it larger. Fortunately, the Chrome browser makes it easy to zoom in and out of a web page.

To zoom into a page, first click on the Settings button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome window. When the Settings menu appears, the Zoom control is about halfway down the menu. By default, the current Zoom level is set at 100%. Clicking the plus button zooms in the view, making everything on the page larger. Clicking the minus button zooms out the view, making everything larger. When zoomed in, the text and images will be larger and easier to read, but only a smaller part of the web page will fit on the screen at any one time. When zoomed out, the text and images will be smaller and harder to read, but more of the web page will fit on the screen.

If you have a mouse with a scroll wheel plugged into your computer, you can use the mouse and the keyboard to quickly adjust the Zoom level. Hold down the CTRL key and roll the scroll wheel. Rolling the scroll wheel up while holding the CTRL key will zoom in, and holding the CTRL key while scrolling the wheel down will zoom out.

-JM