How many browser bookmarks can you see at once on Google Chrome? Hands up if it’s more than 10. What about 20? And how many hands are still up if you can fit 30? I don’t have that many but if I did, my hand would still be up. That’s because I have 16 bookmarks showing in Google Chrome only taking up half of my browser width.
No, I haven’t done this with any experimental flag or setting in Google Chrome or Chrome OS. And although I do have the Chrome Side Panel enabled on my Chromebook, I’m not using that either. At least not in this scenario. I’m simply using a handy trick to minimize the space taken by each of my browser bookmarks.
Here’s a screenshot of my current bookmarks, which will clue you in to my secret tip:
You’ll see that the first 12 bookmarks don’t have names at all.
Instead, they’re just an icon, called the favicon, that represents the bookmarked site or service. I think of them similar to the app icons on my phone, because they’re all easily recognizable to me.
Towards the end of my bookmarks, I do have both an icon and a name for some saved sites.
I purposely made these short names because the icon either wasn’t recognizable or there simply is one. And finally, I have two folders that have a fair number of browser bookmarks. So, I have a little bit of everything here and I can easily see all of my bookmarks at once. Plus I have room for more.
So here’s how to replicate this approach, which is very simple. I’ll illustrate the process by adding a Google News bookmark to my browser.
First, navigate to the site you want to bookmark. Then click the small star icon in the browser bar, which brings up the following form to create the bookmark:
See how the Name field shows “Google News”? You can modify that to something shorter, such as “News”. And if you need to do that for a particular bookmark where the icon isn’t recognizable, do that. But if you can associate the site’s favicon with the site, just remove the name and click Done.
Here’s what it looks like after I did this with Google News:
All I’ve added to my Google Chrome bookmark bar is a small icon that represents Google News. Boom!
Obviously, it’s very likely you already have a few (or a few hundred) bookmarks. So you would only follow the above process when adding new ones.
However, you can delete or shorten the names of any existing bookmarks by right-clicking on them and choosing to edit them. Or you can delete names in the Bookmark manager tool of Google Chrome as well.
So get to it! Pick your most important bookmarks and hack away those names when you can. You’ll likely have a lot more space to add even more important ones that didn’t fit before.