Lineup of bookmark icons, with Chrome bookmark icon spotlighted in the center

The 2021 Guide to Chrome Bookmarks: How to Use the Sidebar, Toolbar & Shortcuts

Got questions about Chrome bookmarks? This guide will show you how to get the most out of your bookmarks so you can move faster and work smarter. We’ll also go over these frequently asked questions:

Chrome bookmark sidebar

If you’re having trouble finding the Chrome bookmark sidebar, it’s not you — it doesn’t exist, despite many years of user requests. The good news is that you can find this feature elsewhere. Workona allows you to view your bookmarks in a sidebar view. It also lets you manage tabs, organize projects, and bring together all of your work in the cloud.

Chrome bookmark shortcuts

Getting sick of clicking the same button over and over just to access your bookmarks? Save yourself some time by using keyboard shortcuts. Here are the ones we recommend memorizing.

Note: If you're on a Mac, you'll use the Command (Cmd) key. If you're on Windows, you'll use Control (Ctrl).

Show or hide bookmark bar:


Open the bookmark manager:


Bookmark the current site:


Bookmark all open tabs into a new folder:


How to use the Chrome bookmark toolbar

The toolbar is a horizontal row of bookmarks that you can find directly below the Chrome search bar (also known as the address bar or the URL bar). It’s always there, unless you turn it off. If you can’t find the Chrome bookmarks bar, follow the instructions below for finding your missing bookmarks.

How to:

How to find your missing bookmarks

Screenshot of Google Chrome menu option to always show bookmarks bar

If you’re having trouble finding your bookmarks, don’t worry. The toolbar was probably hidden on accident. Here are a few ways to turn your toolbar on again if you ever find it missing.

Note: If you're on a Mac, you'll use the Command (Cmd) key. If you're on Windows, you'll use Control (Ctrl).

  • Hold down Cmd + Shift + B or Ctrl + Shift + B to show or hide the bookmarks bar
  • Find the Chrome menu View and check Always Show Bookmarks Bar
  • Click the 3-dot menu in the upper-right corner of Chrome > Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks Bar

Any one of these options should make the bookmark bar appear with all of your bookmarks intact.

How to bookmark all open tabs

You can save your current tab as a bookmark in a few different ways.

Note: If you're on a Mac, you'll use the Command (Cmd) key. If you're on Windows, you'll use Control (Ctrl).

  • Hold down Cmd + D or Ctrl + D
  • Click the star icon on the right side of the search bar
  • Find the Chrome menu Bookmarks and click Bookmark This Tab

But what if you don’t want to save your tabs one by one? If you’re doing research or working on a big project, you might want to save all of your tabs as bookmarks in a single step. Here’s how:

  • Use the Cmd + Shift + D or Ctrl + Shift + D shortcut, which will bookmark all open tabs into a new folder

While Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + D is the easiest way to bookmark all open tabs, you can also try this method:

  • In the Chrome menu, click Bookmarks > Bookmark All Tabs
  • Click the 3-dot menu in the upper-right corner of Chrome > Bookmarks > Bookmark All Tabs

How to organize your toolbar with folders

Tired of having to scramble when your boss needs you to locate a long-forgotten assignment? Folders can help you find stuff faster. From the bookmark manager (Option + Cmd + B on Mac, or Alt + Ctrl + B on Windows), simply create a folder to categorize your bookmarks.

Screenshot of Google Chrome menu option for opening the bookmark manager

When you select the folder, a pop-up will appear, showing all of the bookmarks assigned to the folder. You can drag and drop your folders within the toolbar if you want to rearrange them.

Chrome bookmark folders are always private — good for planning that vacation to the Bahamas, but not so good for work. If you really want to impress the boss, Workona lets you organize bookmarks by project and share them with the rest of your team.

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How to import bookmarks to Chrome

Chrome makes it easy to transition your bookmarks from another browser. You can import your bookmarks via the bookmark manager. First you’ll need to export the bookmarks you’d like to import. Then do the following:

  1. Open the bookmark manager with the keyboard shortcut Option + Cmd + B or Alt + Ctrl + B
  2. Click the 3-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the bookmark manager
  3. Click Import Bookmarks
  4. Select the bookmarks you want to import
  5. You will see a new folder with your imported bookmarks, with the browser name in the title

If you’d rather skip all of that, you guessed it — Workona works across the top browsers so you don’t need to do any extra work to access your bookmarks. Compared to Chrome bookmarks, Workona makes it easier to find, share, and organize your bookmarks.

The Chrome bookmark toolbar will help you save bookmarks, but not much else. If you’re looking for a better way to work in the browser, try Workona free for Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.