How to Delete Bookmarks on Mac (Safari, Chrome, Firefox)

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There are some standard tasks that everyone should know how to complete on Mac. From basic functions to more in-depth operations, the more you know about how to operate your MacBook, the more skills you will have to streamline your workflow and the ability to fix any issues that may arise.

Learning the basic skills and common commands on your MacBook is something that I recommend to everyone. One task that you should be familiar with is how to delete bookmarks on Mac.

We will get into specifics of what a bookmark is and how to use them but they are a common feature on your computer that most of you are already familiar with.

Bookmarks are easy to create but not everyone knows how to delete them, so let’s take a look at the steps needed to remove bookmarks from commonly used browsers.

What is a Bookmark?

This seems like a pretty straightforward question. A bookmark is a small piece of paper or other material that marks where you stopped reading in a book, right? Well, that is literally what a bookmark is, but in the world of computers, it has another meaning.

A bookmark on your Mac is somewhat similar to a physical bookmark but rather than hold your place in a book, it marks a link to a webpage so you can easily revisit it later.

You can create bookmarks to easily access information of any kind that you find on the internet. This is useful if, for instance, you are browsing online and find a website you really enjoy or a link to a good discount on a product you wish to purchase.

Bookmarks on Safari, macOS Monterey

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to find a site again if you don’t remember the web address so creating a bookmark for the page allows you to quickly find it again during a new browsing session.

Using bookmarks can also allow you to organize many different websites that you might visit frequently in a manner that works well for you. Let’s say you really like to find recipes online and also love following news about basketball.

You can set up different folders of bookmarks that are designated to your liking. In the example above, you could have a bunch of bookmarks with recipes in one folder and all of your basketball links in another.

How to Delete Bookmarks on Mac

One thing to know about bookmarks is that they are specific to the internet browser that you are using. We will take a look at the steps to delete bookmarks from common internet browsers for Mac users here – Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

If you delete a bookmark on one browser, that doesn’t mean it will delete it on another so be sure to delete each bookmark you wish to do on each browser separately.

Delete Bookmarks in Safari

Step 1: Launch Safari on your Mac.

Step 2: When the window opens click on the Sidebar icon on the top-left side. This sidebar button will open all of the bookmarks you have set up on the browser. The icon is located next to the forward and back buttons in your browser, as indicated in the image below:

Step 3: With the sidebar open, click on the bookmark icon (which looks like an open book) to list all of your current bookmarks. Then click Bookmarks option.

Step 4: Right click on the bookmark you wish to delete and delete it.

For those of you who also want to delete links/pages that are listed under the Favorites section on the Start Page of Safari, it’s also quite simple.

The easiest way is to right click on the web site or page, and click “Delete”.

Another way is to go to the Bookmarks navigation bar on the left, click “Favorites” and select those folders or individual pages that you want to remove.

Delete Bookmarks in Google Chrome

Step 1: Open Chrome on your Mac.

Step 2: Click Bookmarks from the top menu and then click Bookmark Manager. A new tab will be opened.

Step 3: Locate the bookmark you want to delete. Click on the three-dot icon and hit “Delete”.

To delete multiple bookmarks at once in Chrome, hold the Command key while selecting bookmarks, then control click and select Delete.

Delete Bookmarks in Firefox

Step 1: Launch Firefox on your computer.

Step 2: On the top menu, select Bookmarks and then Show All Bookmarks.

Step 3: A Library window will pop up on the left side of your screen.

Step 4: Click on Bookmarks Menu and locate the bookmark you want to delete. Select Delete.

Why Delete Bookmarks?

There can be multiple reasons to delete the bookmarks off your MacBook.

The most common reason would be simply organizational. You might not wish to visit the website that you bookmarked and therefore don’t need it saved anymore. Deleting bookmarks can help you stay organized with the bookmarks you do wish to keep by minimizing clutter and unwanted links in your bookmark toolbar.

Some people never delete their bookmarks after they create them. I personally like to keep things tidy and in order throughout my computer so I go through maybe once a month and delete any bookmarks that I’ve created that I no longer need.

You don’t need to delete bookmarks for any real reason but I like to from an organizational standpoint.

Final Thoughts

Now you know how to delete bookmarks on Mac, whether you are using Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.

This is a really easy task that helps to keep things organized if you are particular about information and links stored in your system.

Remember that each internet browser holds its own bookmarks so if you use multiple browsers, you’ll need to delete bookmarks from each one. Bookmarks will last indefinitely without deleting them so whether you choose to remove them or not is up to you.

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Eric currently uses a 15-inch MacBook Pro for both work and personal errands. He did all the research and testing to make sure all the fixes and optimization tips shared on the blog are relevant to Apple’s latest macOS updates as well as fact-checking.

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  • Magda

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Eric! I was able to delete some old bookmarks in Firefox on my macbook pro.

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  • Paul

    doesnt tell how to delete from homepage on chrome for mac

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  • Trish Glaum

    Hi! I read your instructions for deleting
    Bookmarks in Firefox; however, there is no book icon in the upper right or anywhere else I see. Any suggestions?

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