A bookmark is a method of saving a web page or any other piece of digital content in your online library for later use. Since the Mosaic browser was first created back in 1993, bookmarks have been a popular and much-used feature of web browsers. And it’s for a good reason too.
Bookmarks can be one of the most effective ways to keep track of your online activities and save valuable resources when you may need them in the future. In the past, bookmark lists were called Hotlists in Mosaic, but this term has faded from use over time. Other early web browsers such as Opera, ViolaWWW, and Cello also had the bookmark feature.
In Internet Explorer, bookmarks are also called ‘favorites’ or Internet shortcuts. These days all modern web browsers have a bookmark feature usually accompanied by an efficient organizational system ( bookmark library). You can use this feature to help better manage your most used online resources.
So, let’s learn how bookmarks work and how you can benefit from them.
How to Bookmark a Web Page?
In most browsers, you can easily bookmark a page by pressing CTRL+D on your keyboard. And to bookmark a page using your mouse, you can click the Bookmark icon to the right of the address bar.
Bookmarks are usually accessed through a menu in your web browser. If you’re familiar with them, you might’ve also noticed that you can use folders to organize your bookmarks, which can be very helpful for managing your saved sites.
Meanwhile, aside from the bookmark methods installed in browsers, some external applications offer bookmark management, such as Adobe Digital Editions, which lets users read books digitally.
Why Create a Bookmark?
A bookmark can be very beneficial when you find a web page that you may want to save and remember later.
By bookmarking a web page, you can create a shortcut for quick and easy access to that web page. Then, you may click on that bookmark at any time to re-access the web page instead of having to search the Internet to find it again. Your bookmarks appear on the top bar of your browser and can be made more or less visible according to your preferences.
Perhaps these can be the sites you regularly need to visit at work, for instance, your email account. In any case, bookmarks can help make your browsing experience smoother and more efficient, giving you faster access to content.
How Can Bookmarks Be Helpful?
Modern web browsers have also introduced ways of enabling shared access to bookmarks or letting multiple users create one library of saved items.
Social bookmarks are a means for users sharing similar interests to pool web resources and store their resources in a way that's not just tied to one digital device or computer.
So, what does this mean?
This means that a business team working on a project may use this feature to help organize the digital resources they need. It could also be helpful for employees working in the same store needing to access the same web pages regularly.
Moreover, web-based bookmarking services can allow people to save bookmarks on a remote web server, accessible from anywhere. Allowing you to access your bookmarks from any device sharing the same network!
Overall, bookmarks are a neat way to store, manage, and organize your online resources and to ensure that you don’t lose track of content that you may want to see in the future. Groups or teams may also use them by enabling shared access and letting multiple users take advantage of saved web pages.