How do you organize your Bookmarks?

  • How do you organize your bookmarks?

    I have collected more than 300 website links, but they are all stored casually without classification.
    As a result, I am facing a very difficult problem now, and I don't know how to proceed it.

    I threw all my bookmarks into the trash, and then re-created various types of folders, and restored the necessary links from the trash.


    1. How do you organize your bookmarks?

    2. What are the principles when you bookmark a webpage?

  • Ambassador

    @poto Three hundred is very few compared to many users. I don't keep a lot of bookmarks, but they are well organised into folders, which I have added over the years.

    When I started using Vivaldi, I imported my bookmarks from Opera Presto, which I had already been using for over a decade.

    Drag and drop in the Bookmarks Panel is the easiest method in my opinion.

    • Put those used daily on the Speed Dial start page
    • Put those used frequently in the Bookmarks Bar folder (right-click any folder to assign it as a bookmark bar folder).
    • Keep the rest in other folders named and organised in ways that make sense to you.
    • Use two or three levels if necessary to keep each folder short.
    • Rename each bookmark to use a concise to keep folders narrow. If a bookmark is worth keeping, then it is worth editing.
    • In Settings, Appearance, Menu Customisation, move the Add Active Tab item to the top. Now, you can quickly add new bookmarks to any folder just by opening the folders on your bookmark bar.

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  • I use up to 3 level bookmarks folders, the folders name respond to my own criteria.

    The idea is to classify the bookmarks according to your criteria so that it is easier for you to find'em. There's no fixed rule, the classification of the bookmarks will evolve over time.

    Someone who has been on the Internet since Windows 3.1/3.11.

  • My biggest folder has 695 bookmarks (if I don’t have a bigger one), & that’s only one of the many. 300 is nothing.

    I usually put a new bookmark into an existing folder, even if it doesn’t perfectly match. For finding & opening bookmarks, I usually use text search (nickname, title or address in the QC or (less frequently) bookmarks search / address field).

  • @poto I organize my bookmarks primarily on my bookmarks bar for easy access.



    The majority of my bookmarks are project based, with a folder for archived or back-burner projects being my first folder. This folder has sub folders for each of the projects with a few stray links that haven't been formed into a formal project yet. I also try to keep it somewhat alphabetized to make finding a project easier.

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    If I am currently working on a project, I will often put it on the root level of the bookmark bar (my personal website folder for example).

    There are also links involved in a project that I deem worth seeing in the root level to help remind me of their existence. This does however sometimes get disorganized leading to the More Bookmarks drop down. I need to periodically go through these and organize them or delete them.

    General Bookmarks

    Not everything I want to save is project based of course. I have a perhaps poorly named Random Sites folder that has sub folders for different areas that I don't need to access too often. This is often the most disorganized area with links I haven't looked at in years. It is mostly just stuff I don't want to forget about entirely, but not entirely useful.

    random sites.png

    Frequently Used Categories

    There are a few categories that I use often enough that I have dedicated folders for on the root level. These are things like a folder I have for stuff I am looking into purchasing, jobs I might be interested in, stuff for a desktop PC I want to build (sort of a project), or 3D-printing which I do as a hobby. These are all categories I access often enough to warrant their prime real estate. They too mostly contain sub folders for better organization. I don't bother as much with alphabetization of their contents, because their is less to go through.



    Sometimes I have a tab I want to get back to, but I don't want to leave it open, so I chuck it in a folder called reopen. I also sometimes put these on the speed dial if I want it to have more visibility to remind me.

    Speed Dial

    I use speed dial for my most used websites of course, but I also save collections of tabs I want to save as folders on my speed dial. If I research a project and have 20 tabs open that I don't want to lose, I will use my mod to save them all to a speed dial folder rather than a session. Then I can convert it to a project folder or reopen them all easily later. I save links on the speed dial from my phone that I want to look at on my pc later. This is normally job postings I get from emails on my phone.


    And that about sums up my methodology. It isn't perfect for everyone I am sure, but it is what my bookmarks have naturally evolved into.

    I really only try to bookmark something if I know I am going to go back to it. In the past, I used to bookmark too many things that I merely found interesting, which led to lots of useless bookmarks I never went back to. It can sometimes be beneficial to save some links like that just to remind myself of interesting topics or articles, but it most be done sparingly to avoid thousands of unorganized bookmarks sitting in buried folders.

  • The best advice I can give is organize them in a way that makes sense to you. You are the one that has to find them to use them, so whatever you think is best is best.

    I've got ~130k bookmarks right now. I have a lot of general subject folders in the root of my library: Food, Gardening, Government, History, Language, Legal, Mathematics, Office, Philosophy, Photography, Reading, Recycling, Religion & Mythology, Science & Engineering, Shopping, Sports & Athletics, Technology, Typography, Water, Writing, and many many more.

    Technology has 45 subfolders, things like AI & Machine Learning, Android, Audio, Chat, Cloud Solution, Cryptography, Equipment, Human Computer Interaction, Internet, Media PC, Microsoft, My Apps, My Devices, My Services, Networking, News, Privacy & Freedom, Programming & Development, Reference & Standards, Security, Smart Home, Social Media, Software, Systems, etc.

    Software has folder for major apps & suites; Systems has folders like Administration (which has Backups, File Management, Deployment, Live USB Tools & ISOs, Server Software, SSH, System Monitoring, VNC, Web Admin, Website Monitoring, etc), Benchmarking, Disk Format & Partition, EFI, Emulators, Linux, Other Operating Systems, Virtualization, Windows, etc. Windows has maybe another 45 subfolders. Linux has maybe 30, including a Distributions subfolder which has another dozen plus.

    If you rename a tab stack and then save that stack as bookmarks, they'll all be put into a folder with that name, making it easier to sort them into their proper location later. If you drag & drop a stack onto a folder in the Bookmarks Panel, it'll create bookmarks for every tab in that folder.

    I use an extension called "Bookmarks clean up" to deduplicate my bookmarks; I exclude some special folders from that extension's algorithm including my speed dials, bookmarks bar, trash and a few other special folders.

    I regularly export my bookmarks to HTML, which serves as a good backup. Like when I accidentally deleted a bunch of bookmarks last week, it was easy to import my most recent export and then deduplicate my library to recover the lost bookmarks.

    I try to put a few useful tools into the bookmarks bar, but the fact is that I don't find it increases my efficiency in accessing anything, and it takes up vital vertical screen real estate. I almost never have the bookmarks bar showing because of this and it's become something of a graveyard of previously useful links that I don't even use anymore.

    So, take a few ideas that you've seen which you like and adopt them into your bookmarks library management processes; while developing your own approach that suits your needs as you see fit. There is no right or best answer here, only what is right or best for you.

  • Ambassador

    I think that everyone can organize them, according to their preferences and needs in Vivaldi
    I have them in different folders and subfolders, according to content and importance, as most users probably have.
    Besides, I also use a Temp folder, where I have saved links and news that I can use later and which by their nature only have a limited time validity.

  • Well.

  • @Catweazle said in How do you organize your Bookmarks?:

    Besides, I also use a Temp folder, where I have saved links and news that I can use later and which by their nature only have a limited time validity.

    I used to do a similar thing, until I discovered the Advanced Panel Mod with Sessions Panel. What is now a fundamental function of my workflow was previously a very limited use feature. It's a little bit like having a second bookmarks panel, for all those pages I want to keep for future use, but not save permanently in my bookmarks library.

    When I have a bunch of tabs that I want to save for later which are either known to be only temporary, are for a project/task that I'm putting on hold for the moment, or I haven't processed them yet and only a few of them are anticipated to become bookmarks, I will move them all to a new window, create a session from that window and then close it. If I am going to exit Vivaldi to reboot or reclaim all the resources for another task, I'll create a session from all windows. I have the Autosave Sessions Mod installed as well, which is set to save my session every 20 minutes and keep the 10 most recent autosaved sessions.

    Having a panel to create, access & manage all of my sessions is a far superior experience to the native sessions dialog in my opinion. As a heavy user of panels, it fits into my preexisting workflows. It is also capable of displaying the entire title of sessions with long names, which allows me to use more detailed descriptions of the session's content. The native sessions dialog is very limited in the length of name it can display.

    I make use of lots of non-alphanumeric characters for naming my sessions, which makes it easy to spot various sessions and know what kinds of pages are in it -- I have given different characters different meanings, things like:

    • ╠════╬════╬════╬════╣Session Title Here╠════╬════╬════╬════╣
    • I have different styles of those bars:
      • ├──┼──┤
      • ╟──╫──╢
      • ╞══╪══╡
      • ╠══╬══╣
    • Different kinds of prepended pointers:
      • ⊳⊱⋙
      • ⊡⊳⋙⊱
      • ⊡⊳⋙
      • ⊡ ⊳ ⋙ ⊱
      • ⊡ ⊳ ⋙
      • ⊡⊳
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      • ⊡ ⊳
      • ⊡ ⋙
      • ⊳⋙ ⊱
      • ⊳ ⋙ ⊱
      • ⊳⋙
      • ⊳⊱
      • ⊳ ⊱
      • ⊳ ⋙
    • Different kinds of "bunting" bars, I often just use these without a title to denote my "current" session of a specific subject matter. For example: one can mean my complete, all windows session, another for photography work, another for tech work, another for brewing, another for personal. When I am getting back into that area of work, I'll open up the session, and when I save the updated, current session I'll delete the old one, or maybe keep just a few copies around as time-based snapshots/backups. A long bar design like the following are easy to spot, and I instantly know what that session is.
      • ▝▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▚▞▘
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      • ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙∙⋯∴∵⋰⋰⋰⋰⋰⋰⋰‥¨⋱ ⊙ Session Name ⊙ ⋰¨‥⋱⋱⋱⋱⋱⋱⋱∵∴⋯∙∙ ∙ ∙ ∙ ∙
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    • You can of course insert a session name in the middle of any of those bars if you want.
    • There are a lot of other characters I'll use in addition to what I've shown here. You can easily access special characters by creating a web panel from the copychar website. The math section is quite fruitful. I also have a text file with the above bars in it for easy copy & paste from my editor which is typically running.

    Well, that was quite a long tangent. Although not explicitly about managing bookmarks, it's directly related as pseudo-bookmarks -- I used to a limited fraction of this with bookmarks before I started using the sessions panel. Hopefully some find this helpful.

  • @poto

    I usually make categories/name folders based on purpose or use. With subfolders on repeating topics. That way when I search it up, I know what I kept it for when I see the name folder.

    Then I arrange the folders top to bottom = the most important to the least. The links inside are arranged alphabetically by domain or title.

    Speed dial has the daily and most frequently visited sites, sorted by type. Folders for "Social Media" or "Forums"...
    Bookmarks bar has the "Tools" and "Resources" that get used once in a blue moon.

    I have very few bookmarks though because whenever I find interesting stuff to note of, I just do exactly that. I make a note, and that acts like a bookmark in a way. I organize my notes folders the same way as bookmarks. I got used to this because of Opera's sidebar notes. Very neat :^D

    Off-topic but now I kinda wish Vivaldi and Opera could combine in this way with the sidebar extensions and workspaces.

  • One for work, one for personal. I have folders under each for different categories. I have a 3rd folder for "holding" that I'll drop stuff in for future sorting, once in a while I clean it out.

  • Banned

    I bookmarked necessary items onto my browsers and when need I open them in a short period of time.

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