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Dec 10, 2008 6:00 AM–I prefer Google bookmarks to Chrome bookmarks because I can access them from anywhere. So I customized Google Chrome to use Google bookmarks. This is an easy customization that requires no special expertise or software add-ons.
First, read how Chrome works with the customization and take a look at the screenshots. Then, if you want the same customization, continue reading to see how it’s done.
To Google bookmark a page in Chrome
To bookmark the current page, I click my Bookmarks button. (You can see in the screenshot that I file it under Send to, but you can put it anywhere.) I optionally edit the title and add tags to make it easy to find later, and click Add bookmark.
At this point, my Google bookmark is saved and I can access it later from anywhere.
To return to a Google bookmarked page in Chrome
To find a Google bookmark page, I use search, naturally. In the address bar (a.k.a. the omnibox), I type gb (for Google Bookmark), press Tab or Space, type search word(s) that match the bookmark name or tags, and press Enter. On the results page, I click the bookmark I wanted.
To add these customizations to Google Chrome
To create the Bookmarks button, drag this bookmarklet to the Google Chrome bookmarks bar: Google Bookmark (or do the same thing from Google’s help page Bookmarks: Using Google Bookmarks, which is where I got it).
You can, of course, add the bookmarklet to a folder, as I did.
To add Google Bookmark search to the Chrome address bar, right-click in the address bar, choose Edit search engines…, click Add, fill out the form as follows, and click OK:
- Google Bookmarks
(In the Search Engines window there is also an option to make this the default search, if you wish.)
Comments on your experiences with this customization (and on the way it is presented above) would be most welcome!
December 12, 2008 8:47 PM–Thanks dude at least it help to solve my problem temporary. I doubt why google don't want to integrate Google Chrome with Google Bookmark. I like every thing about Google Chrome, just this issue annoying me.
December 14, 2008 4:37 AM–Thanks man for commenting on my post and suggesting this. It's easier than I expected and it works great.
Anyway I still think that integration with Google Bookmarks should be an out-of-the-box features considering we're talking of one of their service!
Meanwhile with this workaround I'm going to use Chrome a bit more than Firefox ;)
December 15, 2008 10:44 AM–The “Send to” is an ordinary Chrome bookmark folder where I keep my bookmarklets. Besides “Send to” Google Bookmarks, I also have bookmarklets that let me send the current page to Blogger, GMail, Wayback, and Google Translate (to English). The two I use most frequently are Google Bookmarks and Wayback.
December 16, 2008 8:37 PM–What a great idea the "send to", where can I find the other bookmarklets code??P especially the dictionary and Gmail???
January 02, 2009 9:36 AM–The Wayback Machine gives you older versions of a page. This can be useful when a page has been changed or taken down.
My Wayback button sends the current page to the Wayback Machine, where I can choose the date and see the same page as of that date.
January 12, 2009 6:48 PM–While this isn't quite 'there' yet, the Chrome 2 pre-beta (as they call it, or Alpha as I call it) will support importing Google Bookmarks into Chrome's bookmarks. No syncing yet though.
by Scott W. Clark
January 14, 2009 8:22 PM–Okay, you've just made my day. I jumped right on to the Chrome bandwagon when it was first released, but gave up on it, partly because of this bookmark issue.
Your solution is elegant and simple. Thanks for your help.
March 19, 2009 6:14 AM–Thanks for this!
One minor improvement - if you add www to google.com (in the custom search engine URL), you won't have to wait for a redirect, so the bookmark search will be slightly faster.
by Sean Ervin
May 31, 2009 8:48 AM–Great solution! Thanks. However, one tidbit that is needed - the ability to open that bookmark search in a New Tab or Window. I prefer a new Tab. Perhaps this has been addressed elsewhere, but I have been unable to locate that fix. Anyone?
Again, thanks for this!
August 05, 2009 4:09 PM–Thank you very very much!!!
August 16, 2009 2:43 AM–I prefer to automatically sync from chrome bookmarks to google bookmarks, I didn't like the gb, button, search, tab blahh. I prefer both bookmarks be the same! I feel frustrated
by Thomas Costick
October 08, 2009 4:10 AM–Thanks for this Chrome tip. I've been putting off trying Chrome and only installed it today... like it. Coming from Firefox (3.5.3) which I like a lot, Chrome has great minimalist appeal and it's so _fast_! But I missed the FF plug-in for Google Bookmarks. Like many other comments here, I just can't understand why Google don't make an option in the setup to integrate _live_ Google Bookmarks in the Chrome UI. Anyway, your tip is a good workaround until then. Thanks. :-)
October 13, 2009 5:52 AM–Thanks you helped me too. The only thing missing here is the auto-complete of the tags, I really gave use to that in the Firefox extension "Gmarks", without it I might re-enter tags wrongly.. But that's a problem of google's "add bookmarks page"
November 04, 2009 5:20 PM–For anyone interested I made a clone of Gmarks for Chrome. It allows you to use Google Bookmarks to store your bookmarks and has type-ahead autocompletion for finding them. Super easy Mac and PC way to sync bookmarks and find them fast.
Just preass Home-Home (home twice) to pull up the search box.
November 17, 2009 2:17 PM–Very helpful post. I've been avoiding using Chrome just because I like to use Google Bookmarks to save locations I want to revisit.
I wonder why the comments in your blog only list the time and not the date? The time is useless but the date tells me if this post is still being commented on.
January 14, 2010 9:25 AM–I have been following the Chrome Bookmark Sync feature with interest. Google Toolbar synchs to Google Bookmarks, but Chrome synchs to Google Docs. This means that your bookmarks saved in Chrome do not show up in Google Toolbar, and vice versa. This is too bad for anyone who expected the new Chrome feature to let them see the same set of bookmarks from Chrome that they do from Firefox or Internet Explorer.
January 18, 2010 10:06 AM–This is great but it still seems to be a work around. I like this feature a lot and think it should come standard with Chrome but I would also hope that my toolbar would have integration with the web as well. Regardless, awesome on your part!
January 26, 2010 4:14 AM–Bookmarklet is no longer working - opens whole Google Bookmarks window.
January 27, 2010 5:16 PM–Thank you for pointing that out.
The button still works. Scroll to the right in the popup window and you can complete your bookmark. It is very inconvenient, though.
Brian Rose of Google responded today at 4:36 PM on the Google Toolbar forum: "Thanks everyone, we made changes to the Bookmarks homepage that switched the bookmarklet's landing page. You should still be able to add bookmarks through the bookmarklet, and we're working to fix this."
January 28, 2010 10:35 AM–Thank you for your recommendations. However, my issue is that oftentimes I will not know/remember that what I'm searching for while typing in the omnibox was something that I bookmarked in the past. Like, if I'm going to google "dogs and cats in the US", I won't necessarily remember that I have a few bookmarks on this topic from when I did this exact same search two months ago. When the bookmarks I made relating to this search were specifically Chrome bookmarks, I'd see the sites I bookmarked 2 months prior in the drop-down box from the omnibox, with the star next to the results, signifying that I've bookmarked specific sites about this. By having to first type in "gb", it's like you have to remember that you made a Google Bookmark on this topic, as opposed to being able to just start typing and have your memory refreshed by what appears in the omnibox.
I hope what I've written is not confusing! I also hope Google fully syncs compatibility and lets you search both google bookmarks and chrome bookmarks from the omnibox ASAP. I'm not even sure why they bothered to make chrome bookmarks. Couldn't they have just given chrome the google bookmarks feature instead?
by Oytun Tez
February 10, 2010 11:40 AM–You can use "Add This" extension for Google Chrome. It has "Google" option as well and when you click it loads a new page with Google Bookmarks adding screen. It's useful, but less than automatic sync of chrome and google bookmarks.
March 02, 2010 1:48 AM–Many thanks for the work around. Google must make a better job at integrating google bookmarks and chrome.
July 16, 2010 2:19 PM–cool. thxs
August 07, 2010 8:41 PM–whooaaa I'm in a groovy old style font
December 06, 2010 1:05 AM–You are a god. Thanks man!
December 17, 2010 1:15 PM–One suggestion I have is that in the latest Chrome with all the auto complete stuff, the search shortcuts can get lost, so I use the # sign to distinguish them. '#gb' goes right into search where as 'gb' was giving me lots of other options.
Also, http://www.uniformedopinion.com/GoogleBookmarks is another Chrome extension claiming to sync between Google Bookmarks and Chrome Bookmarks but I have not tried it yet as I have too many bookmarks in both places and I don't want to mess them up.
February 01, 2011 6:07 AM–Sweeeeet!
If only we could do this without the bookmark toolbar, which takes up too much space in small screens, but instead hitting the now-unused star in the omnibar... that would be awesome :)
March 27, 2011 6:40 PM–Thank you!
July 10, 2011 12:21 PM–This was great thanks! I also agree with others that this is a VERY annoying oversight (or purposeful ignorance) on the part of Google. Hopefully they'll figure out something better soon.
Appreciate your work!
September 17, 2011 11:22 AM–Bookmarks are very imp for Knowledge management as I blogged here http://sidsavenue.blogspot.com/2011/06/knowledge-management-bookmarks-manager.html and your tip helped to do that better. Thanks a ton
January 04, 2012 9:13 AM–I appreciate the clear instructions but reiterate what others are saying... It's confusing to users that Chrome has two bookmarking features that are disparate. I previously expected Chrome to be saving and syncing my Chrome bookmarks across computers, but learned the hard way - after a computer rebuild - that was not the case.
April 16, 2012 9:06 AM–Thanks VERY much. I've been struggling with how to use Google Bookmarks in Chrome and now you solved it. Thank you!!
by Jatin Rupapara
August 21, 2012 5:51 AM–And you can import your existing bookmarks by options>Bookmarks>Import bookmarks & settings>by selecting google toolbar - actually google toolbar bookmarks are google bookmarks only, but the thing is you have to reimport to update after adding each new bookmark
May 16, 2013 8:43 AM–It's 2013. Did google implement automatic sync between Chrome and Google Bookmarks or are we still stuck with manual sync like this workarround?
September 03, 2013 7:55 PM–good trick!
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