Tip: Use keyword shortcuts and tags for bookmarks in Firefox

I was a former user of the classic Opera 12 browser which got discontinued by its developers in favor of the Chromium-based version. In Opera, I used keywords heavily for my bookmarks. Adding keywords for bookmarks means adding a few short-lettered aliases so that typing them in the address bar directly opens that particular bookmarked page. My current browser of choice, Mozilla Firefox, comes with a similar feature. Let's see how it works.


Bookmark keywords in Firefox

Right click any bookmark you have in Firefox. It can be a bookmark in the bookmarks bar or one of the Library Bookmarks.
From the context menu menu of the bookmark, pick the item "Properties":firefox bookmark properties

In the keyword field, define one or few letters which will be used to go directly to the bookmarked page. In the example below, I defined "b" as an alias for the bookmark:firefox bookmark keyword

Click the Save button and type your alias in the address bar:

firefox bookmark keyword in the address bar
Once you hit the Enter key, Firefox will open the bookmarked page directly:

firefox bookmark keyword in actionThis is really useful and time-saving.

Bookmark tags in Firefox

Bookmark tags are another feature. They do not allow you to jump quickly to the desired bookmark, however, they can help you to search the desired bookmark or a group of related bookmarks. The Tags field in the bookmark's properties lets you enter a list of tags that you want associated with the bookmark. Once you have added tags to your bookmarks, you can use them from the address bar. When you type something into the Location bar, the autocomplete results will include items that match those tags. For example, let's tag a few bookmarks with the tag "test":

firefox tag a bookmarkfirefox tag a bookmark 2Now, let's type "test" into the location bar:

firefox tagget bookmarksFirefox will find and show you bookmarks tagged with the tag "test". This is also very useful.

Using tags and keywords, you will be able to save your time and manage bookmarks effectively. If you have something to add, you are welcome to post it in the comments.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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