The Internet has several useful and exciting pages to save for future reference. Most of these bookmarks are temporary. However, we never get around to deleting these bookmarks on our Mac devices.
Over time, these bookmarks pile up and become increasingly cluttered to navigate. This is a real problem.
There is no limit to how many bookmarks we can keep. You could end up with thousands of pages and overwhelm yourselves, the same way we let the promotional mails pile up in our email client.
As we continue saving new blogs, videos, documents, the old bookmarks lose their relevance. And not everyone knows how to delete them.
No matter which browser you use, it’s a good practice to regularly visit Bookmark Manager to manage them. But first let’s learn what bookmarks are and why they are important for average users.
What are Bookmarks and Why are they Important?
Bookmarks save a website’s address for quick access in the future. It creates a shortcut to a specific part of a site without typing down the address.
Google search finds the exact information you’re looking for at an unbelievable speed. Bookmarking tools only add to that power of search in your browser by collecting all your favorite sources.
Browsers have simplified adding bookmarks. They even have a shortcut – Cmd + D to directly save the visited page.
The menu button on every bookmark can help you edit and delete bookmarks. With its drag feature, you could also change the order of bookmarks and the bookmark folders.
In addition to that, the Bookmark Menu allows you to have a separate Bookmark bar just below the address bar. This makes accessing your favorite bookmarks a cakewalk.
Bookmarks help us in a variety of ways. Here are some of the reasons how bookmarks help us.
- Streamlining workflow and helps us function more efficiently on our browsers.
- Keeping track of important stuff on the web for the future.
- Improves the search result by moving the saved sources at the top of the search list.
- Helps with syncing sources between different devices and platforms including smartphones.
- Facilitate easy export and import of resources between apps and browsers.
We need to understand that bookmarks are specific to web browsers. Since all the major browsers sync their bookmarks between the devices, it’s enough to delete them on one device. However, the steps to delete bookmarks are different for all the browsers.
Let’s learn how to delete bookmarks from the three major browsers on Mac devices – Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
How to Delete Bookmarks in Safari
You’ll find Safari set as default on all the Mac devices. Since it’s specifically designed for Apple devices, it is considered the fastest for the platform, while also being greatly battery efficient. It easily syncs the bookmarks, passwords, tabs, and history across all your Apple devices.
Here is how you can delete bookmarks on Safari.
Step 1: Launch the Safari browser on your Mac device.
Step 2: Go to the bookmark manager by clicking on ‘Bookmarks’ on its sidebar menu. You could also use the shortcut – ⌘ + B. This will take you to your bookmark list.
Step 3: You can delete the bookmarks from the list by right clicking on them and selecting delete.
Step 4: To delete multiple bookmarks at a time, press Shift or ⌘ to select bookmarks and then hit the delete key on the keyboard.
Similarly, you could also delete the saved pages and links from Safari. Simply go to the ‘Favorite’ section on the start page or to the bookmark navigation bar, select the individual pages or folders that you want to delete, and hit the delete option.
How to Delete Bookmarks in Chrome
Chrome is a customizable web browser that efficiently ties you to the Google ecosystem. This browser makes the most sense if your workflow is dependent on Google tools. It allows you to sync the bookmarks and settings between different devices. Even the bookmark toolbar could be switched between show and hide.
Here is how you can delete bookmarks on Chrome.
Step 1: Launch the Chrome browser on your Mac device.
Step 2: Open the Bookmark Manager by clicking ‘Bookmarks’ from the top menu. Expect a new tab pop up. You could also use the shortcut – ⌘ + Shift + B.
Step 3: Click on the three-dot icon of the bookmarks or a bookmark folder you want to delete and hit the Delete key.
Step 4: Hold the ⌘ Key to select bookmarks or folders and hit Delete to delete multiple bookmarks at once.
How to Delete Bookmarks in Firefox
Firefox is popular for its performance and privacy features. On Mac Devices, it is a faster and safer alternative to Safari. The browser features smart suggestions through which you could search between bookmarks, history, and open tabs. As long as you have a Firefox account, the browser syncs your Bookmarks, history, and tabs between your Mac Devices.
Here is how you can delete bookmarks on Firefox.
Step 1: Launch the Firefox browser on your Mac device.
Step 2: Select ‘Bookmarks’ from the top menu and click on ‘Show all Bookmarks.’ You could also use the shortcut – ⌘ + Shift + B. Expect a Library window pop up on the left side of your device’s screen.
Step 3: Select the ‘Bookmarks’ from the bookmark menu and select ‘Delete.’
Step 4: To delete multiple bookmarks, hold the ⌘ Key, select bookmarks or bookmark folders, and hit Delete.
How to delete all the bookmarks on your device?
At times you may want to start afresh or you may just want to keep your browser private and clean.
If you have too many bookmarks on your list, deleting them one at a time could be exhausting.
There are three ways to delete all the bookmarks at once on your mac devices.
1. Manually Deleting Bookmarks – We can manually delete all bookmarks by selecting all bookmarks and bookmark folders and hitting the ‘Delete’ key.
Let’s go through how to manually delete all our bookmarks at once:
Step 1: Launch the browser on your Mac device.
Step 2: Go to Bookmark Manager from the top menu or use the shortcut – ⌘ + B.
Step 3: Click the first bookmark or bookmark folder on the list.
Step 4: Now while holding the shift key click the last bookmark or bookmark folder and hit the ‘Delete’ button.
2. Use a cleaning tool: Cleaning tools help users clear the browsing history, download history, cookies, tabs, junk and much more on your browser. There are several cleaning tools available online. You could make your choice depending on your requirements.
3. Set the browser to ‘Auto-clean at Exit’: All modern browsers provide an option to set your browser to auto-clean at exit. This forces the browser to keep local data only until you quit the browser. This setting could be found in different places depending on the browser. Here is an article from How to Geek on the subject.
Bookmarks, like the tasks in our lives, may accumulate unless you manage them. Regularly filtering them is essential for smooth operations and to keep things organized.
Whether you are on Safari, Chrome, or Firefox, It is not very difficult to delete your bookmarks. However, one should be aware that bookmarks on different browsers don’t sync with each other and should be deleted separately as guided in this article.
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