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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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                8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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                Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                1. Zoho Notebook
                  If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                2. Evernote
                  The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                3. Net Notes
                  If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                4. i-Lighter
                  You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                5. Clipmarks
                  For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                6. UberNote
                  If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                7. iLeonardo
                  iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
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                In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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