How to create bookmarks/favourites in your browser

What is a bookmark/favourite?

A bookmark is a Web browser feature used to save a web site's URL address for future reference. Bookmarks save user and browser time, which is especially useful for Web pages with long URLs or accessing a specific part of the site that might not be the homepage for the site. For instance a specific Moodle page instead of the Moodle homepage.

Internet browsers also have a 'home page' which is opened whenever your Internet browser is opened for the first time, this is set at the University to Moodle.chi.ac.uk for Students and will soon be set to StaffNet.chi.ac.uk for Staff. This may override your personal choice for your custom homepage, therefore we can use bookmarks or Favourites to remember Internet addresses/URLs that you would like to access frequently. A bookmark will mean that you won't need to type out the address and can instead, click an easily accessible link found in the menu of your browser.

 

How to Create Bookmarks in Google Chrome

Displaying the Bookmarks bar

By default, Google Chrome will not show the bookmarks bar and will only be accessible through the (...) Menu. Once in the menu, select 'Bookmarks' and 'Show bookmarks bar':  Illustrative image

Once enabled, the bookmarks bar will be displayed below the address bar of Google Chrome, if you have saved any bookmarks these will be displayed in this bar:  Illustrative image

Creating a bookmark

There are two ways to create a bookmark in Google Chrome:

1. Click and drag from the Address bar icon to the bookmarks bar:  Illustrative image

2. Or, click the menu button, select 'bookmarks' and then select 'Bookmark this page':  Illustrative image

Creating Folders for filing bookmarks

To make the organisation simpler, we can create a folder for filing the bookmarks into their respective groupings.

To create a folder we can right-click the bookmarks bar or the bookmarks menu and select 'Add folder...':  Illustrative image

To file a bookmark into a folder you can click and drag the bookmark on top of the folder:  Illustrative image

Moving bookmarks between computers

The University is currently investigating bookmarks being able to move between University machines for you automatically until this feature is available you may wish to export your bookmarks for use with another computer. 

The fastest way to do this is to finish creating your complete list of bookmarks, once you are happy you can access the 'bookmark manager' page via the menu:  Illustrative image

Once in the bookmark manager, you will see another (...) menu found on the upper right side, in this menu, you can select 'Export bookmarks'. You will then be asked where you wish to save this file. It's recommended that you save this to your desktop, for easy access if you log onto another computer:  Illustrative image

You can then use the 'Import' button found in the same menu on the new computer.

How to create Favourites in Microsoft Edge

creating a bookmark

To create a bookmark or favourite link in Edge you must visit the website you wish to save. Once at the website you will see a hollow star symbol at the end of the address bar: Illustrative image

When the star symbol is clicked, you will see a menu that allows you to choose a folder to save the bookmark in:  Illustrative image

You can choose a folder to save the favourite in or create a new folder entirely. If you wish for your favourite to be displayed on the 'bookmarks bar' then save it into the folder listed as 'Favourites bar'.

Displaying the favourites bar

The Favourites bar will display likes you have saved on a bar below the address bar. This means you can access them faster than entering a favourites page and is useful for links you access frequently.

In order for this to be displayed, you must enable it from the "..." menu found on the top right of the browser. Select 'Settings' then 'View favourite settings', you can then enable the 'Show favourites bar' button.

 

Firefox

Creating a bookmark

To create a bookmark or favourite link in the Firefox browser, you must first visit the website you wish to save. Once at the website you will see a hollow star symbol at the end of the address bar:  Illustrative image

When the star symbol is clicked, you will see a menu that allows you to:  Illustrative image

  1. You can also choose a name for that bookmark,
  2. Choose a folder to save the bookmark in.
  3.  You can also add tags that you can use to search for the bookmark in the future

Displaying the Bookmarks bar

To show the bookmarks bar below the address bar you can click the 'book icons' found at the end of the address bar:  Illustrative image

Once in this menu, select 'bookmarks', then 'bookmarking tools' and finally 'show bookmarks bar':  Illustrative image

 

 

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