Friday, 9 July 2021

Searching within bookmarks

I had an interesting problem recently, where I knew I had a site bookmarked, but was unable to find it amongst my bookmarks. A manual scan through all my bookmarks and bookmark folders came up empty.

Chrome is usually reasonably user friendly, so I thought it would be a simple matter of simply searching within Chrome to find the bookmark I was after. But - although I was able to search the history of previous sites I had visited, and may or may not have bookmarked - this particular bookmark did not appear. 

I turned to Google to find out how to search bookmarks. A search there returned many entries patiently explaining how to create and enter a bookmark, but nothing about searching for a bookmark. Surely, I thought, this can't be that uncommon a thing that users want to do?

Then I found an old entry which told me to go to settings | Manage search engines | enter your search term | Enter. Chrome was supposed to open a new tab with Bookmark Manager results (Elliot, 2015). This must have been from an old edition, as it only searched history. Right. 

Although that was completely useless, it did put me on the path to finding how to search for bookmarks. Simply enter:


...and then search in the search field at the top of the page.

So easy when we know how.


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