For the last six months, I have been saving websites to my bookmarks and to my favorites to the point that it is out of control. I pride myself on organization and clarity, but my list of the sites I have saved begs to differ. Here is how you can get control of your bookmarks and favorites in Safari.
Going forward, this is the time to think about how you will organize your favorites. For example, for all my sites that I like to watch movies and TV programs, I put them in a folder titled: “Streaming.” Some folders are more obvious, such as “Banking” and “Computer Articles,” but there are some that only have one site saved and it didn’t make sense to create a folder for just one site.
This is also a good time to clean out the saved websites you no longer use or need by right-clicking an entry and selecting Delete. You can also highlight the website entry, select Edit at the top and then select Delete and it will be moved to your Trash.
Go ahead and open Safari. If you don’t have the latest Safari, be sure to install all the latest updates. They not only come with new versions of Safari, but the updates also come with the security updates needed to keep your surfing safe.
Once Safari is open, select Bookmarks at the top and then select Edit Bookmarks. At the top, you’ll see the Favorites category. Click the arrow to the left to expand it. These favorites are the sites that appear in your favorites bar just below the menu bar and search box of Safari. They are convenient because they are always visible (except when you have too many in the favorites bar) and they open with one click.
First, look for similar sites that you can group together into the same folder. Highlight one of the sites near the top in Favorites, any one will do, and then go over and select the New Folder button. You’ll see the name of the folder highlighted prompting you to create a name. For example, if you have several news websites, you can name it “News.” Name your new folder and hit enter.
Next, select, hold and drag your folder to the top and position it just under “Favorites.” Make sure you hold the new folder to the left far enough so it doesn’t get put into a website area. Once you have your folder in place, select, hold and drag your news websites, or whatever you decided, to this folder. Just hold it onto the folder itself for a moment and then release. It will move it to your folder. The folder will expand automatically, showing all the sites you move to this folder. Once you are done, you can collapse the folder by clicking the arrow to the left of the folder to save space on your screen. Create new folders for all the sites you can group together and don’t worry about websites that are by themselves.
You can also do this for the Bookmarks area, but keep in mind, to access them you will need to select Bookmarks from the menu bar and then you will select the folder to access your desired website. A few clicks are needed to access these, so put those sites that you don’t visit quite as often as you do the websites located in your favorites bar.
Once you are done, close all Safari windows. Reopen Safari and take a look at your work to see how they are actually displayed. If you need to move anything around, just go back to Edit Bookmarks and drag them to where it suits you best.
For 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped tens of thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 400 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.