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Dec 16, 2008 9:54 PM– I have customized Google Chrome to make it simple to send the current page to:
- Blogger (create a post about the page)
- Google Bookmarks (bookmark the page)
- Gmail a.k.a. Google Mail (create an e-mail containing the page)
- Wayback (show the page’s revision history)
- Google Translate (show the page in English translation)
The result of this customization is the “Send to” menu. This is very easy to set up and requires no special technical knowledge. This customization is not original with me but it has worked very well for me. Harry McCracken gets the credit.
- If the Google Chrome bookmarks bar is hidden, bring it into view with
Ctrl-B. [Google changed this keyboard shortcut in 2010 to avoid a conflict with the standard use of Ctrl+B to bold text.]
- Right button click on in the bookmarks bar (but not on an existing folder), then click Add folder…
- Name: Send to
- click OK
- NOTE: If the new folder does not appear on the bookmarks bar, then look in existing folders and in the » folder to see if you accidentally created it there. Then simply drag it with the mouse to the location you desire.
Now you have an empty Send to menu.
To add the Blogger option to the menu, drag the text BlogThis! with the mouse from this page at blogger.com and drop on top of Send to. (So that the name makes more sense with the words Send to, you can change the name from BlogThis! to Blogger by clicking Send to, right button clicking on BlogThis!, choosing Edit, and following the directions.)
To add the Bookmarks option to the menu, drag the text Google Bookmark with the mouse from this page at google.com and drop on top of Send to. (I changed the name to Bookmarks.)1
To add the Mail option to the menu, drag the text GmailThis! with the mouse from this page at contrapants.org and drop on top of Send to. (I changed the name to Mail.)
To add the Wayback option to the menu, drag the text WayBack with the mouse from this page at gyford.com and drop on top of Send to.
To add the English option to the menu, drag the text English with the mouse from this page at google.com and drop on top of Send to.
A Google search for bookmarklets will turn up many similar options that you can consider adding to the Chrome bookmarks menu, for example at bookmarklets.com.
- There is a related Chrome customization to make your Google Bookmarks searchable from the address bar (which as far as I know is original with me). The combination of Send to Bookmarks and searchable bookmarks makes Google Bookmarks simple to use in Chrome.
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!
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