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The Categorize bookmarks toolbar is intended as a replacement for the Firefox bookmark toolbar. It offers convenient access to frequently used bookmarks, groups and saved-searches.

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Bookmarks toolbar

Sidebar buttons

Categorize offers two sidebar boxes. These sidebar boxes can be accessed via the sidebar toggle buttons. The sidebar toggle buttons are the two buttons at the opposite ends of the bookmarks toolbar.

The Groups Button

The groups button is the button with the plus icon in the bookmarks toolbar. It opens the Groups Menu. The Groups Menu offers quick access to regularly used groups.

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The groups button

The Important Bookmark and Read Later tag icons

The Important Bookmark and Read Later tag icons are the two icons just before the right-end of the bookmarks sidebar. These icons allow pages to be marked for deferred reading. They show the Important Bookmark and Read Later status of the current web page and update automatically as the current web page changes.

The Reading List

The Reading List is a list of all the bookmarks that have been marked Read Later. It lists bookmarks in the order they were created. You can add bookmarks to the Reading List by marking bookmarks Read Later.

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The Reading List

Unmarking bookmarks Read Later removes them from the Reading List. Items in the Reading List have a context menu associated with them and items can be removed from the Reading List via that context menu as well.

The Reading List is a standard saved-search and is not a built-in feature of Categorize. This means that you can edit it to sort it in a different order or call it something else. Additionally, you may create additional reading lists with specific sets of bookmarks.

Adding items

Bookmarks

To add a bookmark to the toolbar simply drag it to the toolbar and drop at an appropriate place. Tabs and links can also be dropped on the toolbar and when dropped result in the creation of new bookmarks if the appropriate pages are not bookmarked already.

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Bookmark drag on bookmarks toolbar

Bookmark labels can be hidden by using the toolbar context menu. This can help conserve space when a bookmark has a distinctive icon associated with it.

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Bookmarks Toolbar Context Menu

Groups

Groups can be added to the toolbar by drag and drop. Unfortunately, group icons are not distinctive so group labels can not be hidden.

Saved Searches

Categorize allows you to create bookmark and history queries and get access to query results via the bookmarks toolbar. To add a saved search to the toolbar, open the toolbar context menu and choose New Saved Search from the menu. There are several types of saved searches and for more information read the section on the types of saved searches. Saved searches can also be edited via the toolbar context menu.

Toolbar separators

Toolbar Separators can be useful for organizing the toolbar into sections. Toolbar separators are created via the toolbar context menu.

Removing items

Items are removed from the bookmarks toolbar by the toolbar context menu. Some toolbar items are references to other objects. Such objects are automatically removed from the bookmarks toolbar if the user removes the referenced object in any other view. For instance, bookmark buttons in the toolbar are references to bookmarks, and are automatically removed from the toolbar if the user removes the referenced bookmark in the bookmarks sidebar or some other view. Group buttons in the bookmarks toolbar are also references and they behave similarly.

Rearranging items

Most toolbar items can be rearranged by drag and drop operations. The only items that cannot be moved are the sidebar buttons, the groups button, and the bookmark status icons.

Types of Saved Searches

Categorize offers three types of saved searches for searching bookmarks and history. The appropriate saved search can be selected by clicking the appropriate tab in the Saved Search panel. The Saved Search Panel can be opened via the bookmarks toolbar context menu. The different types of saved-searches are:

Bookmarks

The bookmarks saved-search is for searching/browsing bookmarks. You can pick a sort order and filter the bookmarks via the Read Later and Important Bookmark icon tags. You can also optionally enter some keywords in the Search field.

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Editing a Bookmarks Saved-Search

History

The history saved-search is for searching or browsing history. You can pick a sort order and specify some search keywords to guide the search.

History saved-searches without any search keywords are useful for browsing history in some particular order. For instance, you can view history items ranked via popularity or recency of last visit.

You can create more refined saved-searches by specifying search keywords. For instance, you can list recently visited Wikipedia pages by creating a history saved-search with Wikipedia as the search keyword and recently visited first as the sort order.

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Create saved-search for Wikipedia

As another example, you can list recently performed Google searches by creating a history saved-search with google search as the search keywords and recently visited first as the sort order.

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Create saved-search for Google searches

Category

Category saved-searches list all the bookmarks and child categories under the specified category. You can also create a category saved-search to list bookmarks that have not been assigned any category.

The simplest way to create a category saved-search is to drag a category from the categories sidebar to the bookmarks toolbar. However, the add/edit saved search panel enables more advanced category saved-searches.

The category saved-search tab in the saved-search panel lets you specify a category and a title for the category saved-search. The specified category need not exist. Additionally, you can leave the category field empty to list all categories. The title field is optional. You can leave the title empty and a title for the saved-search will be generated automatically. You can check the checkbox at the bottom if you want to list uncategorized bookmarks. Any category specified in the category field will be ignored once the checkbox is checked.

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Category saved-search tab

Collections

The collections saved-search tab is for quick access to bookmark collections. Bookmark collections are lists of bookmarks that share some category structure. Basically, categories do not capture certain relationships between bookmarks well. For instance, a user may have bookmarked several web pages for books on Amazon.com. One bookmark may have been assigned the category science > physics > astrophysics > books, another may have been assigned the category society & culture > sociology > books, and another may have assigned the category business > marketing > books. Now, all these bookmarks are related as they pertain to books but the category hierarchy structure does not capture that. If you want a list of all bookmarks pertaining to books you can search for books; however, searches only give unstructured results.

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Creating a New Collection

Collections solve that problem. By creating a collection for books you can have a structured view that preserves the nested structure of the categories of the bookmarks. Effectively, a books collection creates a books category that has all the books related bookmarks in it. To create a books collection you can enter books in the collection field of the Saved Search Panel and give the collection a title.

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My Books Collection

You can also limit a collection to a particular category by entering the name of the category in the collection field of the Saved Search Panel. For instance, specifying programming > books as the collection will create a collection that only contains books that are listed under the programming > category.

If all of this is too confusing then you may want to try the above example. Just create any three bookmarks, assign them the above categories, and create a books collection. Now you can browse the resulting collection by clicking on the books collection button.

Hiding/Showing

The bookmarks toolbar can be hidden via the Firefox View → Toolbars menu.

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Toolbars Menu

Feeds

The bookmarks toolbar does not support feeds as of now. The feature is planned for a future release of Categorize.

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