Bookmark man­agers for Google Chrome

Tidy Book­marks and Popup My Book­marks among the bookmark man­agers on of­fer.

Tech Advisor - - Contents - Howard Wen

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.

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