Introducing a hidden feature: our free bookmarklet

Introducing a hidden feature: our free bookmarklet

A hidden feature in your beloved bookmark manager? Why is that? How? And more specifically, what is a bookmarklet anyway? Also: why should you want to use a bookmarklet, when there is a superfast extension you can install? These are the questions we will answer in this article. We’ll help you set up this nifty piece of code. And finally, we’ll point you to some other useful bookmarklets.

Who knows, you’ll even wonder how you’ve ever managed without.

What is a bookmark, really?

Another fine example of a bookmark
Another excellent example of a bookmark

First things first: the word ‘Bookmarklet’ itself. As you might have guessed, it has a real connection to a bookmark. So let’s explore the bookmark first, then we’ll get to the bookmarklet.

A bookmark is nothing more than a hyperlink you’ve saved for later use. The hyperlink is customarily dressed up with a little icon (favicon) and a name. You can store the information a bookmark contains in the bookmark folder of your browser, or even more conveniently directly above your browser window, in the bookmarks bar. This is the most basic version of the bookmark, you’ll find in any browser, on any device.

More than just a bookmark

A bookmarklet is a particular kind of bookmark. Just like with regular bookmarks, it carries its own name and icon, but instead of a hyperlink, it contains a little program, usually written in Javascript. When you click the bookmarklet, the program will run. That’s it. Instead of directing you to another website, it typically performs a function on the site you’re looking at.

Some bookmarklets may change the colors of your website to make them more legible. Others help marketers in discovering important information for SEO or other pieces of background information. It’s a surprisingly versatile tool, even though you can only click it once.

The bookmarklet

So, with this background information, it’s time to introduce the bookmarklet. We’ve called it a hidden feature, mostly because we don’t expect everyone to know it’s there. We haven’t kept it from our users, but we’re confident it’s still a surprise.

Only the most observant of our users could have discovered our bookmarklet.
Only the most observant of our users could have discovered our bookmarklet.

Another place where you might have discovered it is on the dedicated page in our support section. Feel free to check it out.

What about our extensions?

Yes, the best and most natural way to manage your bookmarks in your personal page is with one of our extensions. You can download one for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or for Firefox. This way we service no less than 70% of the browser market.

But what if you want to use one of the other browsers out there? Almost 12% still use trusty old Internet Explorer. Anyone using an iPhone or iPad will think twice before ditching the native Safari browser. And then there are Opera or one of the other alternative browsers we’ve partnered up with: Vivaldi, Pale Moon, Torch, Iron.

Of course, you can use on any of these browsers. As our start page is a website you can design yourself, you can access it from anywhere. But how do you quickly add new bookmarks? That’s where the bookmarklet comes in.

How to set it up

First, make sure the Bookmarks bar (Chrome terminology, also used in Vivaldi, Torch, Iron) is visible on top of the browser window.

This bar is also called the Bookmarks Toolbar (Firefox, Opera, Pale Moon) or the Favorites bar (Edge, Explorer).

Once this toolbar is activated, you open this page and click and drag the following link to the top of your window: Add to

Next time you visit a page you’d like to save to your page, just click the bookmarklet and off you go!

What about my iPhone, iPad, or Android?

The extensions (for Chrome or Firefox) or the bookmarklet are most useful on a desktop computer. But since no less than 60% of all online traffic seems to be flowing through handheld devices nowadays, we’ve considered that too.

For Apple or Google devices you can quickly discover and install a dedicated app. The iOS app is still under development. For Android devices, you go to the Google Play store.

Once you’ve installed these apps, you can add any page with the sharing button.

Mobile users can add the bookmarklet too. You’ll find more information in this support article: Install our bookmarklet on your mobile device.

Concluding thoughts

A bookmarklet is a lightweight, easy solution to the bookmark problem. Unlike with an extension, it doesn’t collect any data in the background. You don’t give anyone permission to view your browsing activity. It only works when you click it, and nothing more. It also sticks to the page in view. It’s worth considering trying this out, especially if you’re worried about online privacy.

But there’s more to it: bookmarklets are free and useful tools, available to anyone. They seem to have emerged from this generous, rebellious spirit that first animated the internet.

This is why we love to share some of the most exciting Bookmarklet sites we’ve come across, over the years. Who knows, they might just make your life online just a bit more enjoyable:

  • Github – where you’ll find great ways to look at the video and read comments at the same time;
  • Browser Power – where you can learn to write a bookmarklet yourself;
  • Lifehacker – 10 useful bookmarklets, with some background information.
  • – more bookmarklets than you can count, including our favorite ‘Word Count.’

Well, that’s it for now. If you’ve found this tutorial useful, please let us know in the comments. And if you’d like to share some of your Bookmarklet stories, feel free! We love to be inspired.

7 Replies to “Introducing a hidden feature: our free bookmarklet”

  1. I love this post. I appreciate the bookmarklet and the resulting popup window.

    Soon after I discovered the inbox/unsorted area through your blog post(s), I began to view it as a completely separate widget on a 4th free page. If I manage to create the guided tour, then I hope to portray it as such. It’s nice to be able to store the bookmark somewhere without requiring any pages, because we might want our 3 free pages to be visible, but not use any of the 3 pages to store our current bookmark.

    1. Hi Eugene, thanks for commenting and sharing your insights. It’s interesting that you’ve noticed the inbox/unsorted area as a kind of ‘completely separate widget’. We never thought about it that way, honestly. To us, it was intended as an additional feature for power users, where you can manage your bookmarks more easily. You’re absolutely correct in that it’s a home for all unsorted bookmarks, separate from your pages. We intend to improve upon this feature shortly, to make it even more useful and versatile. So stay tuned!

  2. The dialog that is opened by clicking the bookmarklet has been changed a while ago. Now it says “Auto-saved in unsorted bookmarks” and below the “select a widget” field is a link “Last used: …”
    That’s a great improvement, thank you. It could be even better with not only one “last used” link but a list of recently used widgets. Three to five links would easily fit into the dialog and I think it would be really great.

    1. Hi AP, thanks for your compliments! You’re right, we’ve improved the bookmarklet with a ‘Last used…’ option. It’s always a challenge to find the right balance between functionality and simplicity. I’ll pass on your wish to the Dev Team, but we can’t promise they’ll deliver. Stay tuned!

  3. Saving bookmarks is a feature that is already built into any browser. Personally I prefer to save space so never use the browsers Bookmark Toolbar (Bar) which takes up another row of additional horizontal space to be displayed at the top of the browser. All browsers provide a “Bookmark this page” icon (in my case a part of the address bar) that opens an interface to save your bookmark in any folder you might want it saved which does the job for me. So my approach significantly reduces the area used at the top of my browser to only two-rows consisting of the following:
    1) The first row contains a condensed menu functions button (something that in great detail Pale Moon and to a lesser extent Opera provide that also saves space) along with all of the remaining browser tabs.
    2) The second row consists of the address bar, search bar and browser icon functions and add-on icons.

    Both rows only take up a horizontal space of less than ½ inch leaving me with a maximum amount of browser web-page space (I also use CSS code to limit other functions, that I won’t go into, that provides additional web-page space for me as well). My goal is to limit the amount of functions down to just two narrow rows so that I have a maximum amount of web-page space available.

    1. Hi Mike, Thanks for responding to our blogpost! I understand you prefer as much space as possible on your browser. This is where an additional Bookmark bar could indeed be a problem. With our Chrome extension this shouldn’t be a problem, as you can display this icon without the bar. Have you tried this already?

    2. Hi, Mike.

      I see that this comment is really old. I used to think this way, until I realized that I needed to use the menu to access other features and/bookmarks. The overall goal is to save time.

      I have come to learn that our browsers should be customized according on the task at hand. If I am taking an online course at, then I will want a different experience than if I want if I were browsing YouTube. With reading intensive sites that have no special text formating, I’d prefer less reading space, but have access to links. It’s hard to say.

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