Firefox 3 Tip: How To Search Bookmarks

Bookmark management in all web browsers is terrible. All of them. You would think that something as simple as searching for a bookmark would be simple and easy to do but it usually isn’t.

In Firefox 3 you can at least search your bookmarks easily if you know how to do it. Fortunately this is quite easy. All you have to do is use your address bar. Just type in a word or two and your bookmarks are auto-searched along with browser history.

Most of the time your bookmarks are listed first, and that’s good. You will know if a search result is a bookmark because there will be a gold star next to the listing.

Below is a screenshot of what this looks like.

While this may not be perfect (sometimes the search is a bit too "picky"), at least you have some ability to search bookmarks.

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  • Ragnar

    “Bookmark management in all web browsers is terrible. All of them. You would think that something as simple as searching for a bookmark would be simple and easy to do but it usually isn’t.”

    Then you haven’t tried Opera. The “quick search” in the bookmarks panel (F4) is great and works in real time as well.

  • Jerry

    Dave,
    Thats cool. But, how in the world do you get rid of the stuff that is left in there? I have done delete, gone into tools and deleted the address history. But, the bookmarks don’t seem to delete from the address bar. FF3 and their help sections says nothing about it. Any help or ideas?
    Jerry

  • Don

    Dave,
    If you’re searching for a bookmark, it’s much simpler to just type in the search box at the top of the bookmarks sidebar.

    • http://twitter.com/NASkies Larry

      Don, GREAT! Now how come I never saw that before?

  • Philip Rhoades

    As well as the start indicating that a site has an existing bookmark, it would be nice to know what folder the bookmark is in! When there are a hundred bookmark folders and thousands of bookmarks, it is sometimes hard to remember what the logical location would have been . .

    Phil.

  • Sysyphus Jones

    doesn’t seem to be a way to search bookmark annotations (description field) in ff3 though…

    in ff2 there were add-ons for this but none seem to be compatible

    A feature I really miss…

  • Phillip

    I dont get the address name on the address bar when I open a new window. I only get ‘Search Bookmarks and History’. How do I get rid of this?