Creating a bookmark button in Google Chrome

By | February 2, 2010

This is for Google Chrome users out there. One of the advantages of Google Chrome is it has very few toolbars, which enables you to have more space on your screen. If you want increase that space a little more, you may opt to disable the bookmark toolbar as well.

However, if you have quite a few bookmarked websites that you use often, then disabling the bookmark toolbar will not work. In this case, you can choose to reduce your bookmark toolbar to a single button. While there is an extension that does this for now, it doesn’t work on all builds of Chrome. A simple tweak can create this button in seconds, and here’s how:

This is how your normal Google Chrome Bookmarks toolbar looks like.

Screenshot of Chrome bookmark menu

Let’s change this.

Note: This works for Google Chrome versions 2.x – 4.x installed on Windows.

First, disable the existing bookmark toolbar. Click the tools icon and then clear the check mark for the “Always show bookmark bar” command.

Chrome disable bookmark menu

  • Close Google Chrome.
  • Next, locate the shortcut for Google Chrome on your Desktop or Start menu. Right-click on this shortcut and then select “Properties.” This will display the Google Chrome Properties dialog box with the Shortcut tab open.

Chrome properties dialog box

  • In the Target box, you will see the path to similar to “C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”. Or in other cases, the path may be something like “C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”. Now add a space followed by “-bookmark-menu” to this path. Your final path in the Target box should be similar to: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe  bookmark-menu

NB: Another pathway that would be accepted by Windows, if the above doesn’t work, is to add another quote mark to the end of the pathway, exactly like below:

“C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” -bookmark-menu”

  • Hit the “Apply” button and then click “OK” to save your changes. You should now be able to see your Bookmark button beside the address box.

Chrome new bookmark button

Now you’ll be able to bookmark to your hearts content in Chrome.

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