How many times have you typed in your business' website into a browser? How often are you typing out "google.com" or "facebook.com"? Well if you want to bypass the step of typing those URLs every time, you can save those pages as bookmarks. Every browser is different, but the following sections have simple steps for three commonly used browsers.
In Chrome, go to a website you want to save and find the star icon in the top-right area of the window. If you click on that icon, a box will pop up asking you to name the bookmark and choose where to save it. Name the bookmark as desired, and save the bookmark in the "Bookmarks Bar" or another bookmarks folder. It will now appear on any new tab.
Another way to save a commonly used webpage is to set startup pages, sometimes called homepages . To do this in Chrome, click the menu button near the top-right of the window and find "Settings." Now find and check "Open a specific page or set of pages." Once you click "Set pages" you can enter webpages that you would like to appear when you start Chrome. Close and reopen Chrome to see the results.
By default, the Bookmarks Toolbar is hidden in Firefox. To see it, right-click on an empty area of the toolbar and find "Bookmarks Toolbar." Once that is enabled, navigate to a webpage you would like to save. Click the star icon twice (or right-click on a blank portion of the screen and select "Bookmark This Page"). Once you name the new bookmark and save it in the "Bookmarks Toolbar" (or another bookmarks folder), it will appear on the toolbar. If you click the star only once, the page will be saved to the Bookmarks Toolbar, and will usually have a descriptive but long default name.
Just like Chrome, you can also set a home page that shows up every time you start Firefox. To do this, click the Firefox button at the very top-left of the window. Select "Options" and go the "General" tab. Make sure that the "When Firefox starts" section is set to "Show my home page." Now you can enter your webpage in the "Home Page" area. Close and reopen Firefox to see the changes.
In Internet Explorer (IE), bookmarks are called favorites. Go to the page you would like to save. Right-click on any blank area of the page and choose "Add to favorites." To access your favorites, click the star icon near the top-right area of the window. You can also enable the Favorites Bar the same way it is done in Firefox. Right-click any area of the toolbar, and select "Favorites bar."
By default, IE will use msn.com as the home page. To customize this, find the gear icon at the top-right of the window. Click "Internet options" and navigate to the "General" tab. Here you will see a box where you can enter your desired home page(s). Close and reopen Internet Explorer to see the results.
It is helpful to have short and specific names for your bookmarks or favorites. Also, it may not be the best idea to have a large number of bookmarks. The idea is that these pages need to be easily accessible. So, if you have 50 saved pages, it may be just as fast to type out the URL than to find it via bookmarks. Furthermore the browser may experience some speed issues when you pile up a large amount of bookmarks. Use your judgment and do what works for you. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us at Igniting Business and we will be happy to help.