Create shortcuts to your favorite sites and save new sites to check out later on
by Emily Price
Letters to Mom
aims to help beginners get started with the tech basics of computers, web services, and gadgets. Print out our tips for your mom — she’ll love you for it.
Just like a bookmark you might place in a book, a browser bookmark (or Favorite in Internet Explorer) marks your
place on the web so you can quickly find it again later on. Bookmarks can be a great way to create shortcuts to websites you frequent as well
as remember the address of sites that you stumble upon that you know you would like to visit in the future.
The bookmarks you create on your computer will go one of two main places: the toolbar directly below the address bar on your browser, or the bookmarks menu.
The bookmarks toolbar is a toolbar that displays along the top of your browser window. You don’t want to overload this bar with bookmarks, but
it can be a great place to put shortcuts to sites that you know you’re going to want to access every day such as your email, work home page, or
Facebook. Once you’ve added the site you want to keep track of to the toolbar, you will be able to just press the name of the bookmark in order to launch the website.
To add a website to the toolbar, drag and drop the web address for the site from the address bar on your web browser and then drop it on the toolbar. You can grab the website by right-clicking on the icon on the far left of the address and then holding down the mouse button as you move it to your toolbar, releasing the button when you have positioned it where you want on the bar.
Traditional bookmarks are stored within the bookmark menu at the top of your browser. Clicking the menu at the top of your browser marked “Bookmarks” will launch a drop-down menu including all of the sites you have bookmarked using the browser. Bookmarks in the this menu can also be organized into folders; if you plan on bookmarking a lot of sites, this is definitely a good idea. Bookmark folders can be for things such as “Games,” where you might place bookmarks for your favorite online games, or “Work,” where you keep all your work-related websites.
Adding a bookmark to the bookmark menu can be done by clicking the Bookmarks menu at the top of your browser while you are visiting the website, then selecting “Bookmark this page” from the options that appear (it should be the first one). You can also press the Ctrl button plus the D button at the same time to get the same effect.
Your browser will then launch a small pop-up window asking where you would like to save the website. You can choose the toolbar on your browser from this window, as well as any bookmark folder you would like to use. Bookmark folders can also be created from this window, so if you’re marking the first of many related sites, you can create a folder for it and all similar future websites.
One thing to keep in mind while you’re bookmarking: A bookmark can only be in one place at one time. So if you have your work email bookmarked on your browser toolbar, you can’t also add it to a “Work” folder. You can always change where you’ve put a particular bookmark by pressing the Bookmarks tab at the top of the screen, followed by “Organize Bookmarks.”
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