Why Should You Use Bookmarklets?

By: Brooke M. Perry


Ever wondered if you could have something to save exactly what you found on your web browser but with a cleaner look to enable reading mode. Well, you do know about bookmarks but how about a bookmarklets. These are different as they interact and initiate JavaScript with the page associated.

Let us understand how an Android Smartphone, iPhone, iDevice, iPad or an Android tablet user can utilize bookmarklets to their benefit:

What are Bookmarklets?

Each web page that you go through while browsing is enabled with JavaScript code. These are in dynamic mode that is compatible with a bookmarklet. This is different from an ordinary bookmark as it executes JavaScript. It helps you land on the current page and gives you exactly what you have marked earlier. Your LastPass, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pocket and LinkedIn are all associated with bookmarklets. As soon as you click it, the code is executed and you are able to share the desired page.

If you are wondering that it is only about web service then you need to know that you can even modify a page appearance. You can achieve a cleaner reading mode for convenience. You can make changes in fonts, insert content and even remove images. Another advantage is that of revealing a password that appears hidden while you key in alphabets. This comes handy as you cannot make mistakes while entering your password. The best part is that bookmarklets require user action to initiate execution.

If you are using Safari then you can use bookmarklets in Safari while you are using your iPad. You can use the option of “Add to Pocket” for Safari after installing it on you iPad.

Installing Bookmarklets

There is no specific website for bookmarklets as these are browser extensions that are available on every social networking website. However, if you are looking for specific bookmarklet then you need to key in the exact phrase in the search engine. For example - while looking for password bookmarklet, you need to enter these specific words.

Installing and Launching Bookmarklets

There is no hassle in installing bookmarklets as they contain JavaScript. You will find these in the favorites toolbar and for installing these you can just drag and drop.

For revealing favorites bar in Chrome: Press “Ctrl+Shift+B”

For revealing favorites bar in Firefox: Right click on any Toolbar to reveal Bookmarks toolbar and then drag and drop the link to install a bookemarklet.

In case you are wondering how to use one, all that you need to do is to go to the Toolbar of Bookmarks when you are on Safari using your iPad, and Android users can tap it or any other mobile browser.

For Chrome users, you need to go to the location bar then, launch any web page-> Location Bar and search with specific name of the bookmarklet, when you find it tap to run it.

This way you will be able to use bookmarklets irrespective of the web browser you are working with. Although, it seems an easy to perform task but you may face challenging time while performing all these actions. In case you are finding it tough to perform, the ideal way out is to call a technical support professional who will tell you lot more things about using the bookmarklets.



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Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphone. www.qresolve.com/tablet-support.html

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