Bookmark managers for Google Chrome
Tidy Bookmarks and Popup My Bookmarks among the bookmark managers on offer.
Recently, while going through our bookmarks in Chrome to determine which ones we wanted to keep, this reviewer accidentally deleted all of them. Rather than panic, we felt an odd sense of relief after realising we had collected several hundred of bookmarks over the years, and that managing them was difficult.
So we thought it was a good opportunity to discover which alternatives are available beyond Chrome’s default bookmark manager, and Google’s optional extension for Chrome, Bookmark Extension.
Both options open a tab and present you with a user interface inside it for you to manage your bookmarks. But we wanted a manager that works without having to open up a tab.
There are several, and they generally work like this: you, click an icon on the extensions toolbar (located to the right of the URL box), which pops open a panel that lists your bookmarks and bookmark folders. Right-clicking on a bookmark’s name opens a small menu, which lists choices to edit the bookmark’s name or URL, or to delete it. So which one of the seven that we tested is the best overall?
Despite some misgivings about the smoothness of their user interfaces, our favourite is Tidy Bookmarks, with Popup my Bookmarks coming in second. Both utilise a panel that expands to the left to list your bookmarks inside a folder, which we found necessary in order to effectively drag-anddrop bookmarks among folders.
Popup my Bookmarks has a few more features, but its UI felt more unstable while running on either the 32- or 64-bit versions of Chrome on two different Windows 10 notebooks. According to its listing in the Chrome Web Store, though, it’s far more popular than Tidy Bookmarks, so maybe your experience will be better.