Top 10 tools to organize browser bookmarks on Windows PCs
What’s the first thing you do in your browser when you fresh-install Windows? That’s right, you re-create your list of bookmarks.
We all have our favorite sites pinned to the bookmarks bar in a browser. Or, if we want to visit something later, we just create a bookmark of it.
Every browser has the ability to manage bookmarks. However, these options are mostly limited, as you usually have the ability just to add, and name your bookmarks, and that’s it.
Well, if you want to have a better management of your saved sites, it’s a good idea to use some of the tools for managing browser bookmarks.
In this article, we gathered what we thing are the best bookmark managers compatible with Windows-based browsers, so you can carefully consider each option, and choose the best one for you.
Before we dive right into the list, it is worth mentioning that there’s a new browser out there that virtually eliminates the need for bookmarks.
UR Browser comes with a very interesting feature that lets you access your favorite websites right from the homescreen.
You can group your favorite websites in so-called “Moods”. In other words, you can create different moods for various activities.
For example, you can create a UR Work mood and list all the work-related websites in there. Or you can set up a UR Shopping mood where you can save the websites that you usually go to if you need to buy something online.
So, by grouping your favorite websites in this manner, you basically no longer need bookmark manager solutions.
However, if you’re not interested in trying out UR Browser, then read on to learn what are some of the best bookmark managers to install on your current browser.
What are the best browser bookmark managers for Windows?
1. Dewey Bookmarks (Chrome Extension)
Dewey Bookmarks is an extension for Google Chrome that brings better visualization to bookmark management in this browser.
The extension shows all your previously-saved bookmarks as cards, with additional transparency, so you can easily access and edit them. You can even add tags to your bookmarks, to easily access them later.
With Dewey Bookmarks you can sort bookmarks by date, name, or web address. It also features a powerful search engine, allowing you to search for bookmarks by entering a title, or even the URL.
To manage a bookmark, simply hover over it with a mouse pointer, and it will show a pencil that allows you to re-name the bookmark, add a tag to it, and more.
It also allows you to import bookmarks from other browsers into Chrome, so you can have all your saved pages in once place. The only thing you can’t do with Dewey Bookmarks is to change bookmarks‘ default folder.
The extension is available on Chrome only, but there’s a similar extension for Firefox called ViewMarks, that features similar options.
You can download Dewey Bookmarks from the Chrome Webstore for free.
2. Save to Pocket
Pocket is probably the most famous name on our list. Some people consider Pocket to be the best bookmarks manager, regardless of platform. With Pocket you can bookmark almost anything from your browser, including various major web browser extensions, Mobile apps, web based interface and much more.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of Pocket is its cross-platform compatibility. Since it’s available on basically every major platform (except Windows 10 Mobile), it allows you to save bookmarks on one platform, and access them on another.
When you want to save something from internet, you save it directly to your Pocket account. The service also allows you to easily manage your bookmarks, by editing title, adding tags, and more.
It even allows you to sort your bookmarks by categories, like Favorites, Articles, Images, etc. You can even add bookmarks to your Pocket account by sending an email to email@example.com, with Subject as the title and the link in the body content.
Pocket is available on all major web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. You can also download the official Pocket app for Android, iOS, and Windows 10.
Dragdis is an innovative bookmarks managing tool, that offers a new concept of saving bookmarks, that can’t be found in other extensions/services.
It works on a simple drag-and-drop principle, as it allows you to store anything from your web browser, simply by dragging it.
So, you download the extension, set up your account, and start creating your bookmark collection. When you need to save something, you simply drag and drop it to the Dragdis bar. Very simple, and straightforward.
Dragdis allows you to save anything, from images, texts, to whole webpages. You just select what you need to save, and drag it to the bar.
Dragdis bar isn’t shown all the time, of course, it only appears when you drag something. You can manage the bar, by adding your own sections, and placing appropriate content in them.
To access your stored bookmarks, simply open the Dragdis extension, and it will show you all your saved stuff.
In our opinion, saving online content simply can’t be easier than this.
Dragdis is available for free, and you can download it from the Chrome Webstore.
Evernote is another extremely popular tool, that you probably didn’t even know can be used for bookmarks management. Actually, Evernote is one of the most powerful bookmarks managers out there.
But, increased number of options also mean increased complexity, as this tool is not suitable for accessing your every day bookmarks.
So for example, if you store your favorite news website that you visit every day, you’ll have to open the separate app, just to access the bookmark, which isn’t practical. What Evernote is good for using ‘research bookmarks’.
You can store an enormous number of bookmarks into Evernote, and access them any time you want.
For example, if you’re looking for a new smartphone, you can save all sites with offers to Evernote, and access them all at once, when you decide to order a smartphone. Evernote’s Web clipper extension allows you to save whole pages, or just a few parts to the note-taking app.
Speaking of saving entire pages, you can also save them as PDF, with this extension, so it can be used as some sort of bookmarking tool.
5. Chrome Bookmarks Manager
As you probably know, Google is present in almost every branch of the IT industry. Therefore, it’s completely logical for Google to have its own bookmark manager for its own web browser.
That’s exactly what Chrome Bookmarks Manager is. Chrome Bookmarks Manager is a tool similar to Dewey, that allows you to easily manage your bookmarks in an appealing interface.
This tool also uses cards-based layout to show all your saved bookmarks. The interface is divided into two sections: the left-pane, and the the bookmarks space. From the right-pane, you can access and mange all your bookmark folders.
It allows you to sort your bookmarks by categories, for easier management.
When it comes to the bookmarks area, it lists all stored bookmarks from the selected folder. You can further edit them, by changing name, adding notes, changing URL, or moving them to another category.
When you download and install Google Chrome Bookmarks Manager, you can access it from chrome://bookmarks.
Google Chrome Bookmarks Manager is available in the Chrome Webstore, and you can grab it for free.
6. Delicious Bookmarks
Delicious Bookmarks is one of the oldest bookmarking tools still compatible with Windows 10. But despite its age, Delicious is still a very reliable option for managing your saved sites.
This is a social bookmarking tool, that is compatible with all major browsers. It comes as an extension, as well as a web interface. It allows you to store, share, up vote the links shared to the network.
Delicious requires registration, which will probably drive some users away, but its features still make it worth mentioning. Once you register, you’ll be able to to easily manage your saved bookmarks the their web interface.
You can name your bookmarks, add tags, add description, make it public/private or even share them directly on social networks.
This service is a bookmarking manager with elements of social network, because it allows you to follow other users, and access their shared links and sites.
It even has the Trending section, where the most popular links are featured.
You can download Delicious Bookmarks from this link, it is available for free.
Diigo is another feature-rich bookmarking manager for your browser. Truth be told, it doesn’t have as attractive user interface as some other tools from this list, but it’s still worth considering because of its features.
It is available as a browser extension, as well as a web interface. Diigo is compatible with the majority of browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
When you download the extension, you can easily add links to your profile through it. Just like Pocket, it also allows you to save bookmarks by email, using a custom email address.
Diigo can also be considered a social media tool, just like Delicious, so you can use it for discovering what others have shared.
It allows you to sort bookmarks by assigned tags, so you can use this method to better organize your saved stuff.
Another great option of Diigo is the ability to add annotations to pages, so if you save a page just for a specific part of it, you’ll easily find what you’re looking for.
Diigo’s extension is available for free, but you can also download its app for iOS, Android and Mac.
Pinterest arguably the most popular photo sharing service in the world. You probably already heard of, or even use it, but we must place it on our list, since its browser extension allows you to easily save any image you find online to your Pinterest profile.
In case you don’t know how this service works, we’ll quickly explain you. You go to Pinterest website, create, and set up your account. After that, download the Pinterest extension for your browser, integrate it with your account, and you’re good to go.
Every time you place your mouse cursor over an image on any site, the Pin It button will appear, and you’ll be able to save that image simply by clicking on that button.
It will ask you to give your newly-saved image bookmark a name, and some additional info, and it will be stored in your library.
As Pinterest is widely-used all over the world, you can also browse through it, to discover amazing images and photos other people have shared.
The Pin It extension is available for free, and you can get it on any major browser.
9. Google Bookmarks
Google Bookmarks is the second bookmarks manager developed by Google on our list. But it works differently than Chrome Bookmarks Manager.
Google Bookmarks stores all your saved bookmarks in the cloud, so you can easily access them even if you fresh-install your system. All bookmarks are entirely store on Google Cloud services.
You can easily add any webpage to your Google Bookmarks account, and it will be stored securely. After that, you’ll be able to open your bookmarks, edit them, add notes, and more.
It allows you to add a name to your bookmark, change URL, add Labels, and additional notes. The tool is also very useful for cross-browser, or cross-platform bookmark syncing.
All you need to have to be able to use Google Bookmarks is a Google account, and you’re good to go. It is managed and used entirely in a web interface.
Google’s Bookmarking tool concludes our list of the best bookmark managers for Windows browsers you can find. As you can see, all these tools offer something unique, and each one of them is worth trying.
10. Xmarks Bookmark Sync
Xmarks is a great tool if you want to sync your bookmarks across multiple web browsers. It is compatible with most of major browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Since Xmarks is owned by LastPass, you don’t have to worry about its reliability.
All you need to do is to install the Xmars extension for your browser, store your bookmarks, and you’ll be able to access them from every browser.
Besides regular bookmarks, the tool will also sync all your saved passwords to your Xmarks account.
All synced bookmarks can be accessed from the web-based interface, which you can open by visiting my.xmarks.com. Just enter your account credentials, and you’re in. Besides just overviewing and managing your synced bookmarks, you can also share them to other users.
Since this tool is owned by LastPass, it has its own LastPass extension that allows password-syncing. Some more options available in Xmarks Bookmark Sync are duplicating bookmarks, exporting bookmarks, restoring bookmarks, and more.
Xmarks is available of Windows PCs for free, and you can download it from this link. It also has a premium version, which allows you to use it as an Android/iOS/Windows Phone app.
Update: Xmarks is no longer supported.
So, if you’re looking for a new bookmark manager, we’re sure you’ll like our choices. Depending on your needs, of course.
What do you think about our picks? Is there any tool we missed? And how do you manage your bookmarks? Tell us in the comments.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.
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