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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Alphabetizing Safari's bookmarks!

A great tip submitted by Barbara MacLeod (tip from macosxhints.com): Alphabetizing Safari's bookmarks! The bookmarks menu and folders can get pretty messy with time and sometimes, it would just look better in alphabetical order. There is no option for that included with Safari, but there is something you can do to easily solve that issue. So you simply have to go to the bookmarks management (click on the little open book at the left of the bookmark bar. Then, you can drag a folder of bookmarks to a new folder in the Finder. Sort the bookmarks by name and you are ready to drag them back to Safari. For the bookmarks to stay in alphabetical order, you cannot drag a list of bookmarks but a folder containing those bookmarks. The bookmarks will now be sorted in alphabetical order. You might end up with a duplicate folder, but it is easy to get rid of that duplicate. Thanks Barbara for the great tip!

16 Comments:

Blogger ventor said...

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May 22, 2007 at 10:45 PM  
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May 23, 2007 at 1:54 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Guess I'm missing something. I've just been dragging items into any order I want. How is this tip less trouble?

May 23, 2007 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

If you have a few bookmarks, dragging them around is easy, but if you have fifty bookmarks and you want them in alphabetical order, this way is much quicker.

MacGeek

May 23, 2007 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger twjmiller said...

i have been reading this blog for a while now because i downloaded your wiget and i have learned alot. keep up the great tips!

May 23, 2007 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Denis said...

Nice "workaround" and very useful.

May 23, 2007 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Kush said...

Not really with safari

but can you alphabetize your contacts by first name

May 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Villy said...

what did I miss here?
dragged a folder of bms to the finder
alphabetized (cool)
could not drag it back to bm list
when i try to copy & p the list in an existing f
it loses the order.

May 23, 2007 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Denis said...

The way I managed to do it is as follows:
Open the bookmark folder list in Safari.
When the bookmark folder of interest has been "ordered", as recommended, in Finder, drag it to the "bookmark management" icon on Safari; the "ordered" folder will appear as a "tab" on the bar below the "book management" icon; then drag the "ordered" folder into the main bookmark folder list and, if necessary, delete the original.

May 24, 2007 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Amit said...

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May 27, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Amit said...

Good tip!

Does anyone know a way to do this week Firefox??

May 27, 2007 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Strebor said...

how absurd that this cannot be done automatically.

November 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger SherryL said...

Hmm...I could not select more than 1 folder to drag into the new folder to sort it.

How do you actually aphabetize your whole Safari list of bookmarks/folders (more easily than singly dragging each and every new folder) ?

BookDog works great - and I was glad to pay the shareware $14.95 to use it for 2 yrs. Today i realize that has expired though -- and i'm not really keen on yet again investing in an eventually expiring Bookdog renewal fee again.

What i'm really confused about is why Safari itself doesn't simply add this very logical and useful feature??

April 18, 2010 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger SD said...

This is so typical. I think people who like Apple's drink some special kind of Kool-Aid or have clothes pins on their noses. I can't wait to wear out my MacBook so I can get back to a real computer.

August 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Trip said...

Finally! A work-around that actually worked. Thank you!!!

December 15, 2013 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Richard Smith said...

How can I put my reading list into alphabetical order?

November 3, 2014 at 7:33 AM  

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