How do I get back here? A guide to bookmarking websites

A guide to bookmarking websites

 

By Nicole Sharkey

Do you find that you often find a great website that you think is amazing but then you can never find your way back to it? In the first of our computer classes for seniors series, here we cover how to get your Internet or browser to remember how to get back to your favourite page. The way to find a favourite page easily is to “bookmark” it.

A bookmark in your web browser works exactly like a book mark in a book, except you can have multiple book marks and the computer or rather the browser will remember for you.

It is always best to book mark the homepage of a particular website, so the starting page of whatever you are looking at. This is because websites will often update articles they have written, potentially making your bookmark redundant.

People will be using different browser to access the Internet, this often just a matter of preference or more commonly, whatever was installed on the computer when you got it. If you follow the steps below for your browser but when you open it to have a look and see if your site have been bookmarked and it has not , then it may be that you have one or more browsers available on your computer and you may have opened up the other browsers.

Because there are a lot of different web browsers that people use to access the internet. We have tried to summarise how to make bookmarks in the most common ones.

Google Chrome

Making a bookmark in Google Chrome

1. Open up your browser and find your favourite site, if you are already at this site, you do not need to do this step.

2. Have a look next to the address of the page you are on. The address in located in the long white bar at the top of your page.

3. At the end of the address bar you will see the outline of a star. Click on the star to add a bookmark for this page.
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4. You will see a box appear that has a space for a name, label this name something that you will remember.


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5. Notice how the star has now changed to a yellow star. Now even if you close your browser and open it again your star will still be yellow indicating that you have bookmarked this website.


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Viewing your bookmarks in Google Chrome

Well now that you have saved your site as a favourite site, the next thing to learn is to find your favourite site, especially if you have multiple bookmarks, and this is where you will reap the reward of naming your bookmark something memorable. You will see we have used Google as the home screen, but this screen may differ depending on your settings.

1. Open your browser, in this case Google Chrome. In our example, we have many bookmarks saved in our bookmark section, the first few can be seen as words, with a small icon underneath the address bar. If your desired website appears underneath your address bar you can simply click on it and it will take you to that website. As you can see our book mark is not there. To view the lists please look to the small double arrows at the end of these icon and words. Select the double arrows.


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2. You will see a pop up appear, your bookmarks will appear, The sites that you added in the past will appear first, and the most recent last , you are able to scroll down the list until you find the desired bookmark and select the website you wish to visit. It will take you straight to your bookmarked website.

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Mozilla Firefox

Making a bookmark in Mozilla Firefox

1. Open up your browser and find your favorite site, if you are already at this site, you do not need to do this step.

2. Have a look next to the address of the page you are on. The address in located in the long white bar at the top of the page.


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3. At the end of the address bar you will see the outline of a star, select this star

4. If you would like you can also select to  bookmark using  the dropdown menu above the grey area. Simply select the word Bookmark and a dropdown menu will appear, you can click on the word bookmark this page and you will also be sent to the next step.   


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5. Once you select this star, or word you will see a  box will appear, you can label this box, in a manner that you will remember in the future. When you have completed this, simply press done.


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Viewing your bookmarks in Mozilla Firefox

1. Open your browser; you will see that in this browser bookmarks do not appear automatically. To find your bookmark, simply select the word book mark from the menu above the grey box.

2. A drop-down menu will appear

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3. From the dropdown menu select show all Bookmarks

4. This will take you to a new screen

5. You will see a menu list, select the green icon with the word all bookmarks

6. The arrow next to the word will dropdown, you can then find your saved site and click on it to be taken to it.

Internet Explorer

Making a bookmark in Internet Explorer

 

1. Open up your browser and find your favorite site, if you are already at this site, you do not need to do this step.

2. Have a look next to the address of the page you are on. The address in located in the long black bar at the bottom of the page.


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3. You will see at the end of the area for typing that there are a few symbols that are in circle, select the Pin.

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4. Once you select the pin, you will a box will appear, select “Add to favourites”

Safari

Making a bookmark in Safari

1. Open up your browser and find your favorite site, if you are already at this site, you do not need to do this step.

2. Have a look next to the address of the page you are on. The address in located in the long white bar at the top of the page. 


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3. You will see a page with an arrow pointing toward the address bar in the top left hand corner, select this.

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4. Once you select this a pop up appears, underneath the word bookmark, you will see a text box, that you are able to type into. Simply type in a name or title that will help you remember in days or weeks to come, what it was you bookmarked.

5. Depending on how many book marks you have you may see your bookmark appear underneath the address box at the top of your screen

Viewing your bookmarks in Safari

1. Open your Safari, In our example, we have many bookmarks saved in our bookmark section, the first few can be seen as words, underneath the address bar. If your desired website appears underneath your address bar you can simply click on it and it will take you to that website. If you cannot see your bookmark it may be because you have many bookmarks saved. To view the lists please look to the small double arrows at the end of these icon and words. Select the double arrows.

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2. You will see a pop up appear, your bookmarks will appear,the bookmarks you added most recently first, you are able to scroll down the list until you find the desired bookmark and select the website you wish to visit. You will notice it is a small list, this because, all other bookmarks that fit in the area are represent as the words underneath the address bar. It will take you straight to your bookmarked website.


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That’s all for now

Well if you enjoyed this guide. We encourage you to bookmark our site now that you know how, wink wink! Another secret hint is that if you hold the CTRL key on Windows or MAC KEY (The MAC key is you command key, either side of the space bar) on a mac and press D at the same time, it will also allow you to add a bookmark very quickly. That tips is only for readers who made it this far!