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6 Ways of Bookmarking Sites Without Adding Them to Your Favorites

6 Ways of Bookmarking Sites Without Adding Them to Your Favorites

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    Bookmarks are a time-honored tradition on the internet. It doesn’t matter if you are using desktop browsers or mobile browsers, you very likely have some bookmarks of your favorite sites. But did you know that there are other ways aside from bookmarks to access your favorite sites? In some cases, they can actually be faster than bookmarks. Let’s take a look at them.

    1. Mozilla Firefox Keyword

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    Firefox keyword bookmarking sites

      The Mozilla Firefox keyword is actually a little bit of a cheater on this list because it does involve bookmarks. Here’s how it works. You create a bookmark. Then you find it, right click on it, and click Properties. From there you can set a keyword for the website. In our screenshot above we used ‘lforg’ for Lifehack.org. Once that keyword is set, you simply type lforg into the address bar and the site will load on its own. This can be a great way to just type a few keystrokes and get to the sites you love faster.

      2. Google Chrome Search Engines hack

      Chrome Search Engine hack bookmarking sites

        Google Chrome can do something similar to Firefox’s keyword trick but it takes a little more set up. If you go into the address bar, right click, and click to Edit Search Engines, you’ll be taken to the screen you see in the screenshot above. Add any website with a name and a keyword. From that point forward you can type that keyword into the address bar and the site will automatically pop up just like the Firefox example.

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        3. Text Expansion

        Text Expansion bookmarking sites

          This one is a little obscure because not a lot of people use text expansion. Here’s how it works. You download an application like this one for Windows. Using this software you can set the application to replace a phrase you type with something else. For instance, if you set ‘lforg’ to be replaced with the web address for Lifehack, the app will automatically replace that keyword with the site address whenever you type it. You can do FB for Facebook, GPlus for Google+, or whatever takes your fancy!

          4. Use your own web history

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          Search History bookmarking sites

            Once you’ve done some web browsing, sites you frequently visit will pop up once you start typing them in the address bar. As you can see above, when I type the letter P, Google Plus, Google Play Store, and PayPal pop up. If I were to type F, then Facebook would pop right up. Based on the sites you visit, just typing a couple of letters can bring up prior pages that you have visited in the past. This a fun way to keep your bookmarks clean and set up is very easy. Simply browse the web like normal and the browser does the rest!

            5. On mobile, turn sites into icons

            Mobile add to homescreen bookmarking sites

              On iOS and Android, you can take any web page and turn it into an icon on your home screen. The process for both is pretty much the same. On iOS you click the action button and then click Add to Homescreen. That website will become an icon on your home screen that you can tap and get to at any time. On Android, it’s a matter of using the menu in your browser to do essentially the same thing. Bookmarks on mobile aren’t as rich or easy to organize as desktop bookmarks, so this is a great way to save your favorite sites on mobile.

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              6. Chrome pin tabs

              Chrome pin tabs bookmarking sites

                Google Chrome pin tabs is one of the most unique ways of saving sites. Instead of closing out of tabs, you right click them and click Pin Tab. As you can see in the screenshot the tab is minimized into a much smaller version of itself where all you can see is the website icon. These pinned tabs stick around when you close and re-open the browser, making them extremely useful if you’re on the same websites all the time.

                Wrap up

                We don’t anticipate bookmarks going anywhere anytime soon. With some proper management, they can still be a very efficient way of organizing your favorite sites. However, if you do want to try a new way, these solutions can offer similar efficiency and help you stay a little more organized.

                Featured photo credit: Of Zen and Computing via ofzenandcomputing.com

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                Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                1. 750words

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                750 words

                  750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                  750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                  750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                  2. Ohlife

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                  ohlife

                    Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                    Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                    3. Oneword

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                      OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                      Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                      4. Penzu

                        Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                        With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                        5. Evernote

                        Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                        Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                        For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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