How to Use Google Chrome’s New Bookmark Manager Extension (Formerly Google Stars)

Google recently released Bookmark Manager, known before as Google Stars. It takes the traditional way of managing bookmarks and throws it on its head. Instead of treating bookmarks as items in a file hierarchy for users to manually navigate through, the new Chrome Bookmark Manager treats each page as a thumbnail and arranges them by tags. Here’s how you can make your way around the interface.

Before we get started, you need to download the new Bookmark Manager extension for Google Chrome.

If you haven’t done so already, the first thing you’re going to want to do is add a bookmark. Fortunately, the process for doing so should feel pretty familiar for anyone already adjusted to Chrome. You still head up to the navigation bar and click on the star icon in the far right.

Doing so will bring out a pop-up that shows your thumbnail and gives you the option to rename the site, alter its description, tweak the URL, or place it in a folder. At the bottom there’s a button that lets you open up the Bookmark Manager page with your new item added to the top of the list.

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Once on the Bookmark Manager page, you can also create bookmarks by tapping on the button at the top of the sidebar. But more on that later. Let’s dive in to see how things look.

You can still open the Bookmark Manager the same way as before, by going to “Menu -> Bookmarks -> Bookmark Manager”.

Once there, the page looks strikingly different. The websites you’ve saved are arranged into cards, with each having its own large thumbnails. Clicking on any of these cards will shoot you out to the relevant page.

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Initially, all of your websites are listed on a single page. There are multiple ways to get to the content that you want. You can scroll, but that’s the slow way to go about things and easy to overlook what you’re looking for.

The quickest approach would be to search for what you want.

Google’s search bar is present at the top of the page, right where you would expect it. When you type in a word, Bookmark Manager will pull up all of the sites you’ve saved with the relevant characters located in the title or description.

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If you type in the name of a folder, the results will also list every page it contains. So let’s move on to dealing with folders.

Your folders are listed along the left side of the Bookmark Manager page. You can create a new one at any time by hitting the “New” button at the top of the sidebar, the same one you can use to save bookmarks.

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When you click on any folder in the sidebar, it will fill the page with its contents. If your data isn’t encrypted, you can click on the “Share this folder” button in the top right to spread your taste in websites to others.

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You can move bookmarks into folders by clicking on the checkmark that appears in the upper-right corner of each card. A banner will drop down from the top asking you where you would like to send the currently selected item(s). You can also delete bookmarks from here.

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There you have it. Now you’re prepared to handle Chrome’s new approach to bookmarks. While it may look and feel different, the core fundamentals are still in place. Your webpages are where they always were, as are the folders they were stored in.

So how do you feel about the changes? Let us know in the comments below!