Getting Started With Google’s New Bookmark Manager
Google’s bookmarking service, Google Stars, which had long been rumored, has officially been launched now.
We had been hearing since months about how Google was working on an update of its bookmarking service. In May, a developer who had been looking into the service leaked a copy of the “Google Stars” extension, as it was called at the time, while it was still in its testing phase. And now, Google has quietly launched the Stars interface for the “Chrome Bookmark Manager” extension on the Chrome Web store.
So what new does this extension bring for us? For one, it will completely replace Chrome’s old bookmarks interface.
Chrome users can now save bookmarks with a click, organize them and use Google’s search facility to find bookmarks that get buried in their extensive collections. Moreover, it automatically organizes bookmarks based on categories generated regarding your collection:
Saving a link:
The process of saving the link is still the same, but has a new feature. After you are done with setting the title, description, URL and folder, you get to pick a picture from the site to represent the bookmark and help you remember the content at a glance. Plus, if Google thinks a particular folder is a good place for the link, it will be suggested to you.
The new search technology incorporated in the bookmarks allows to search even the content of the actual site, not just the title, description and URL you had saved. Why, thank you, Google!
Bookmarks can now be organized by topic automatically as mentioned before. However, you can also organize them manually if you’re too used to the old bookmark manager’s settings.
If you have a folder of your favorite bookmarks that you want to show off to the world, you have the option to make the folder public or private. Particularly useful for teachers who want to share relevant links with their students regarding a topic.
Existing bookmarks get a face-lift with images and the information card style entry in the form of tiled interface.
In case you find the new interface too much to take (though we see no reason why that would happen), you can easily revert to your old settings in two steps:
- Menu > More tools > Extensions
- Click the trash icon next to Bookmark Manager
Syncing across devices:
And finally, bookmarks will sync across all your devices.
Excited to set up the extension? Of course, you are. Here’s what you have to do:
- Make sure you are using Chrome version 38 or later by going to Menu > About. If not, perform the required update.
- Check that Chrome sync is enabled to access the new features.
- Install the new Bookmark Manager extension from the Chrome Web Store. (Note: This will replace your current bookmark manager)
Once installed, you can access the new Bookmark Manager by either of the following steps:
- Chrome menu > Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager
Some reviewers and other users have reported trouble with the new extension, which may require a more recent version of Google Chrome. It may be possible that this Bookmark Manager is meant to be a public beta given that Google has yet to make an official announcement about its arrival.