I like Google Chrome as a browser and I used to like the Google Chrome bookmarks manager. Ever since it first appeared I found it much more reliable and faster than both IE and Firefox, and an added plus was that no matter what computer I was on, if I logged into Chrome I could easily pull up and manage my bookmarks. And up until recently I recommended to all my friends and family that they too should use Google Chrome. But in late April that all changed and I am not alone. Someone on the Google Chrome team thought that they were missing out on the Pinterest market and decided that the Google Chrome bookmarks should look more like Pinterest. Google is notorious for doing things like this. They did it with Google+ which was a failed experiment in social networking and now they are trying to recreate the bookmarks in Chrome which is also a failing experiment.
Browser bookmarks are supposed to be used to a quick and easy way to remember and manage web pages a user visits. Unlike Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Delicious, etc… bookmarks are for me and should be quickly and easily accessible from within the browser without using a separate app or having to navigate to a separate web page. But in April the Google Chrome team decided that bookmarks should be used just like Pinterest. To be honest I don’t necessarily have a problem with that either. But, Google took a one-click system and turned it into a multiple click, completely unfriendly experiment gone wrong. I manage my bookmarks using main topic folders and subfolders. I have my order to using those folders and have spent time building them to how I like them and use them. The problem is that Google now feels there way is better. No longer are the days of clicking the bookmark star and selecting a folder, or more importantly, having my last used folder ready to go so it is a simple click. Now I have to click at least 3 times and at most 7 in particular case just to get the bookmark. What took less than a second now takes more than a few seconds and sometimes multiple tries because Google now also wants to make recommendations to me that are not in line with my methods. NO NO NO Google!
At first I thought it was just me being picky about how I manage my bookmarks, but then I searched online and saw thousands of other unhappy Google Chrome users saying the exact same thing. I debated switching browsers, and to be honest have started using Firefox more lately because of this change. I was able to easily copy my bookmarks over to Firefox and use them the way I expect bookmarks to be used. But I still liked Chrome and as one of the most popular browsers out there as a developer I can’t just move completely away. So I searched for a solution.
And I found a solution! Hopefully this simple fix stays and the Google Chrome team will decide that their way is the dumb way ultimately going back so this fix is not needed. But if you like the old Google Chrome bookmarks manager here is how to get it back:
Google Chrome Bookmarks Fix:
1. In the URL bar type: chrome://flags
2. Ctrl-F for Enable Enhanced Bookmarks
3. Set to Disable
4. Click the Relaunch Browser button or just restart Chrome
5. Problem solved you have your friendly, easy to use bookmarks back.
Here is to hoping the Google Chrome team realizes the complete lapse of judgement in rolling out this change and goes back to the old way sooner than later.
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