bookmarking a new website in Safari

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chrisman9, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. chrisman9 macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2016
    Hi MacApp Folks. Im wondering how I built my list of Bookmarks, if that's what the column beneath the 'book' image is called, because when I have a new website open and I click 'add Bookmark' the web address gets saved to the list beneath the 'eyeglasses' image (which I presume is what Safari calls "reading list" and likewise, in the toolbar-dropdown called "Bookmarks" offers the selection 'add to reading list'
    In summary, how do I add a new webaddress to 'beneath the 'book image' ? Thanks. Chrisman9
  2. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Aalborg, Denmark
    In order to bookmark a page and have it appear on the Bookmarks Bar that is right below the Web URL-field you have to either use the Bookmarks menu in Safari of use Command+D on your keyboard to actually bookmark. In the Bookmarks menu in Safari there's an Add Bookmark entry.

    You can also hold your right mouse button on the URL you're on an drag the url over to the "open book list" on the left.

    Also if you like to have a list of bookmarks beneath the URL field then go to the Safari menu called View -> select the Show Favorites Bar entry. Or use Shift+CMD+B

    Safari is the worst bookmarking and bookmark managing browser I have ever encountered over the course of many years.
  3. Starfia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2011
    Ha. I'd thought it was the best – it's the first one I ever started really using and maintaining.
  4. chrisman9 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2016
    Dear allan.nyholm, thanks for your ideas. Ive tried and to no avail. It is suprprising and annoyingly comical, that I have a list under the 'book icon' and I dont recall how Ive made it up. Your suggestions have not, thus far, worked for me. I will keep trying. Thank you, C9

    Hey, 'Starfia, since you like Safari, and if you have a 'list' of
    'Favorites' under your 'open book' column, how about sharing with me how YOU add a website to your list. Thanks. Chrisman9
  5. Alrescha, Mar 26, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2017

    Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    If I go to File/Bookmarks/Add Bookmark, I get a prompt asking me where to put the bookmark.

    If you hover your mouse in the URL bar, the little plus (+) sign defaults to Add to Reading List. If you would like to use that to add a bookmark, either right-click on it to get a drop-down list of bookmarks and then click on the destination OR click and hold it until you get the drop-down, then drag to the appropriate spot.

  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Use Command-D
    Choose where to put the bookmark from the dropdown menu
    I always edit the name to what I like. The default name is always too long for me.
    Click the Add button.
    I then sometimes go to the Bookmarks menu/Edit Bookmark, where you can move the bookmark to another location, if you need to.
    I don't usually use the sidebar for bookmarks, but that is likely a little simpler.

    @chrisman9 - I think you have been clicking the (+) in the URL window, which places any bookmark in the Reading List. Sounds like you shouldn't use that (+), use Command-D instead. That will give you some control over how and where you place a bookmark.
  7. chrisman9 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2016
    Dear Alrescha, Hey, thanks, your recommendation has worked for me. For the record, Im an unskilled and uninspired (sometimes frustrated) user of these tools, and find, sometimes, that it is satisfying to learn there is a way, however, often not intuitive, to organize. your suggestion has helped me do just that. Thanks again, Chrisman9

    AND, thanks, too, to you DeltaMac. More ways than one to do these things; I shouldnt be surprised!
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I seem to have lost the ability to create a new bookmark in the Bookmarks Menu (not bookmarks bar) that is not placed within a folder of bookmarks that I've created. The drop down only offers folders or Favorites. Can someone tell me how you do this in Sierra (Safari)?
  9. bluespark macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    The way I do it is to click in the menu bar, at which point the plus-sign changes to the website's icon. I then drag that icon to the sidebar folder of my choice.
  10. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Aalborg, Denmark
    The thing with Safari and bookmarking is that when you've used Firefox or Google Chrome to bookmark and maintain your ever expanding bookmark library you'll soon see why Safari is lacking in that department. Both browsers(Firefox has always done this) has a star that shows a bookmark is present in your collection. "You don't need to bookmark this Mashable article more than once, it's not that exiting" "Oh, a The Chive article - let's double bookmark that" NO!

    My biggest gripe with Safari and its bookmarking system is not how it bookmarks but how it's not telling me if I already have a certain website in my collection. The way that Safari tells you is by giving you a (in your) "Bookmarks and History" dropdown when you type in an address in the URL bar. Well, thanks Safari. I would rather if you told me if I have this thing bookmarked without giving me a suggestion the I have visited the site before. I might have forgot to bookmark.
    I'm not one to juggle around locating urls because Safari can't give me any real indication if I have it bookmarked or not.
    Is it bookmarked or just in my history. Should I guess? Let me open the Bookmarks Manager to search for it. No, I don't have it. I'l bookmark it. Next URL I visit... do I have it bookmarked or is just in my history? Let me search with the Bookmarks Manager. No, I don't have that bookmarked either.

    Please, Apple. Can you try just including a subtle grey star in the URL bar that clearly shows me bookmark status.
    And yes, I have too many bookmarks. They are all categorised too - but that doesn't help me personally when Safari is being under the weather in the bookmarking department.

    I don't know - maybe it's just me.
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Just highlight the address and drag it to the bar. Simple as that
  12. Starfia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2011
    allan.nyholm – that makes sense considering your use case; something I've just never thought of doing, so it's hard for me to consider it an expected feature of a bookmarks list.

    Usually the things I want to bookmark are root-level sites I visit occasionally on a small variety of topics. For things like articles and blog posts that I pass and might just want to read once, I just throw into Reading List and leave out of bookmarks. And if it's only in my history and didn't make it to Reading List, then it's still accessible through history for that single future read and I don't have any loose threads to clean up afterward. And I don't think I've ever had trouble remember whether or not I'd previously bookmarked something. So for me it's about the right level of complexity, I guess.
  13. chrisman9 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2016

    Dear Starfia, Thanks for your detailed story of Safari/Bookmarking shortcomings. Id long heard that Apple products-use are more 'self evident' (AKA easier to learn) I havent found them to be and aside from the excellent resolution, Im not impressed with the few, basic-use programs I use (such as Mail) And, as youve alluded, I KNOW it's not just me ! Thanks again. Chrisman9

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