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How to manage your Safari bookmarks on your Mac

Are your Mac's Safari bookmarks a long, sprawling mess? You need to get organised...

MainBookmarks are essential tools for any browser and Safari is no different. By going to Bookmarks in the menubar and clicking Add Bookmark or by using Command+D, you can quickly save any URL for later reference. When you add a bookmark, you are given the chance to say where you want it to appear, but so many people ignore this and just click Add.

Bookmarks then clutter the Bookmarks menu, making it more difficult to find what you want. The best thing to do is place them within carefully managed and identifiable folders. You can view the folders you already have (some are there by default) by clicking the Bookmarks Editor icon to the far-left of the Bookmarks bar. With a small amount of effort, you’ll soon be mega-organised.


Step 1

1 Add folders

The easiest way to manage and organise your bookmarks in Safari is to place them into folders. Click Bookmarks in the Safari toolbar and then select Add Bookmark Folder.

Step 2

2 Create a name

At the bottom of the sidebar that appears to the left will be a new Untitled Folder. Give it a name and press Enter when you are done. You are ready to populate it.

Step 3

3 Drag and drop

Click on a bookmark that you would like to place into the folder you have just created and drag it down the screen until it appears over the top of it. Then simply let go.

Step 4

4 Keep filling

Here our brand new folder is starting to fill up nicely. You can move the folder you have created towards the top of the Bookmarks list by dragging and dropping.

Step 5

5 Edit bookmarks

One of the issues when creating bookmarks is that the titles can be poorly descriptive. Go to Bookmarks>Edit Bookmarks, right-click and select Rename. Give it a better, shorter title.

Step 6

6 Deleting bookmarks

You can also rename bookmarks, create new folders, edit addresses, copy or delete by right- clicking in the left-hand side menu and using the options in the menu that appears.

Step 7

7 Better navigation

Continue placing bookmarks into folders so that when you click on Bookmarks in the Safari toolbar, you can simply hover over a folder and see the carefully organised bookmarks within.

Step 8

8 Bookmarks bar

You will also see a series of bookmarks across the top of the browser window. This is the bookmarks bar and you can drag bookmarks here so that they are more easily accessible.

Step 9

9 Rename bookmarks

When you place bookmarks in the Bookmarks bar, you can rename them. The shorter you name them, the more you can fit. Drag them around the bar to rearrange them if you wish.

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