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Getting started with Bookmark Manager for Chrome

Remember Google Stars? This is Google's new bookmark manager that brings Material design to your desktop browser.

Google's new Bookmark Manager interface. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Update, June 24, 2015: Google recently reverted to the original bookmark manager by default. If you'd like to try out the enhanced one described in this post, you'll need to visitchrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment to enable it.

Back in May, Google was testing a new bookmark feature it called Stars. Unfortunately, the feature didn't go public, except for one -- probably unintentional -- day on the Chrome Web Store.

Now Google is offering a similar feature to Stars, called Bookmark Manager. Here are some things you might want to know about the new interface, including how to disable it, if you choose:

Accessing your Bookmark Manager

In order to open your bookmark manager, simply head to Chrome menu > Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager or hit Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+O on your keyboard.

Saving a link

Save a link. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

This process is still the same, but with one new cool feature. After you adjust the title, description, URL, and folder, you also pick a picture from the site to represent your bookmark. Additionally, if Google thinks a particular folder is a good place for the link, it will be suggested to you.

Searching your stash

The new search ability can look at the content of the actual page, not just the title, description, and URL that you have saved. That will definitely make finding bookmarks easier!


Bookmarks can be organized by topic automatically, but you can also organize them yourself (as seen in the top image above) just like like the old bookmark manager allowed.

Sharing folders

Pick Private or Public for new bookmark folders. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

When creating a new folder in your bookmarks, you can choose to make it Private or Public. This way you can share a collection of bookmarks with friends, family, or even students.


Existing bookmarks will get a facelift with images and the information card style entry. Should you decide that this enhanced interface isn't for you, reverting is easy.

  • Head to chrome://flags and look for Enable Enhanced Bookmarks (available at this link, for now).
  • Toggle the drop-down box to Disabled.
  • Relaunch Chrome.

What do you think of the look and features of the enhanced Bookmark Manager? Share your thoughts in the comments below.