Safari Bookmarks vs Favorites: Confused

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bobinaustin, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Bobinaustin macrumors newbie


    Apr 9, 2016
    Ive had macs for decades and never had an issue with this, but WOW am I lost! I recently lost a harddrive. So I had it replaced, no problems. Im on the most recent OSX, I think its El Capitan, and Im on a 2012 Mac Air.

    The laptop is used for business. Therefore, I use what is called the "Favorites" bar up top, for rapid access to things I must use daily, hourly. It used to be that when I added a bookmark, it also showed up in my favorits bar up top of the browser. No more.

    For Example, on the top of my browser, would be my "Business" link. I click it and the drop down shows 12-14 more folders by such things a Vendors, Marketing, Frequently Used Links, etc... So lets say I add a vendor. It used to be, I would just: Bookmarks > Add Bookmark > Vendors and that bookmark would show up in my Favorites bar in the Vendors folder.

    Now what's happening is its showing up in the Bookmarks folder (which I can show to the left, but dont want that interface at all), but it does not show up in my Vendors folder up top, via my drop down Favorites. Ive tried, in Safari > Preferences > General setting it both ways (show favorites and show bookmarks), and nothing works. Ive dragged all my bookmarked folders to the Fav bar, which works but then when I add a site, it doesnt show up.

    ACK!! Please help.
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    You need to go Bookmarks>Add Bookmark...> and then navigate to the folder on the Bookmarks Bar to add it there.
  3. Bobinaustin thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 9, 2016
    I've tested that and what happens is, it ends up in the right bookmarks folder BUT it does not add it to the mirror folder located in my Favorites buttons at the top of my favorites browser
  4. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Same thing here. I found that after you add the bookmark to the correct folder, you then have to drag a copy of it to the Favorites bar folder. It used to work the way you said in older versions of Safari but it has since been changed. That's progress. :rolleyes:
  5. Roquefort macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2005
    U.S. west coast
    When you add a Safari bookmark, you get to pick the bookmark folder in which to save it.

    You can pick:
    • the folder named Favorites
    • a folder within the Favorites folder
    • the folder named Bookmarks Menu
    • a folder under the Bookmarks Menu folder
    • another bookmarks folder
    The bookmarks (and subfolders) in the folder named Favorites will appear on the Favorites Bar, which you can turn on and off from the View menu. You can display all bookmarks by turning on the bookmark sidebar display.

    When you save a bookmark, the default folder is the one you last saved to, so if you save one bookmark to Favorites, the rest will default to Favorites until you change your mind.
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Just save all bookmarks to the Favorites folder, it is that easy.
  7. inscrewtable macrumors 68000


    Oct 9, 2010

    Favourites is a special category of bookmarks. El Capitan has a much better way of accessing the favourite than the old bar across the top, although you can still have that by going to View>Show Favourites Bar, but the problem is that you get a massively cramped bar.

    In El Capitan when you click into the url bar of an empty tab, you get the favourites folder in the bookmarks as a drop down list of favicons and even better is that a single favicon can represent a whole folder of favicons. It's much easier to both access and see what you are doing. And you can drag them around easily.

    The way I add an open page to the favourites drop down is when I am on a page I just click into the url bar which both highlights the whole url and also brings up the drop down favourites favicons, then you simply drag the current favicon for the page you are on into the drop down that holds all the other favicons. You can drag it to anywhere you like. You can even drop it onto a favicon which is a folder and the folder of favicons will spring open.

    If you go to the menu and select Show Favourites then the entire page will show all the same favicons that drop down when you click into the url bar.
  8. es5694 macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2016
    Las Vegas
    In Bookmarks you will see the list of links you have bookmarked and in favorites safari store the links you visit more often.

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