Bookmarks And More
Bookmark Keyboard Shortcuts
Everyone uses bookmarks nowadays.
They accelerate your web browsing for the sites you visit daily, and make remembering reference sites easier.
What everyone doesn't know is that Firefox has an incredibly powerful way of accessing your existing bookmarks.
And you can do it without taking your hands off the keyboard!
The best way to understand bookmark keyboard shortcuts is through an example.
Note that in this example, I have a bookmark to http://productivity.ben61a.com/ with its keyboard shortcut set to "p."
- Alt+D to bring you to the address bar
- Type "p"
Figure 1 - Enter p into the address bar
- Hit enter
The great thing about bookmark keyboard shortcuts is that you don't even need to have the bookmarks on your bookmark toolbar:
You can have them filed away in a subfolder that you manage using the Bookmarks menu (accessible through the Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut).
This saves precious space on your bookmark toolbar for ones that you like to have immediately visible.
Setting Up Bookmark Keyboard Shortcuts
It's not just easy to use bookmark keyboard shortcuts - it's easy to set them up too!
Right-click a bookmark and choose the Properties menu item:
Figure 2 - Right-click the bookmark
Fill in the Keyword section with the keyboard shortcut you want:
Figure 3 - Fill in the keyboard shortcut
And you're ready to rock!
What are Bookmarklets?
While we're on the topic of bookmarks, I figure I'd share something about bookmarklets.
You can do things like "Remove java, flash, background music, and third-party iframes" with the Zap Plugins bookmarklet.
Or even pause, unpause, and rewind Flash movies!
I recommend Jesse's Bookmarklet Site for a great selection.
It's easy to setup bookmarklets from most bookmarlet sites.
To add a bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar, just drag the bookmarklet link there.
To remove a bookmarklet, just right-click on it and select Delete.
As a side note, most bookmarklets are available for browsers other than just Firefox.