How to Delete Bookmarks on Mac

There are some standard tasks that everyone should know how to complete on their computers. From basic functions to more in-depth and complicated operations, the more you know about how to operate your MacBook, the more skills you will have to streamline your workflow and 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 from your computer. 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 your MacBook.

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. 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 you likings. 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 3 common internet browsers for Apple computers 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.

Deleting Bookmarks in Safari:

  1. Launch Safari on your computer.
  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 setup on the browser. The icon is located next to the forward and back buttons in your browser, as indicated in the image below:
  3. With the sidebar open, make sure to click on the bookmark icon (which looks like an open book) to list all of your current bookmarks.
  4. Control click on the bookmark you wish to delete.
  5. Select Delete.

Delete Bookmarks in Firefox:

  1. Launch Firefox on your computer.
  2. Click on the Books icon on the top-right side of the browser window. This icon looks like an open book as indicated in the image below:
  3. A sidebar will pop up on the left side of your screen.
  4. Click on Bookmarks at the top of this sidebar.
  5. Locate the bookmark you want to delete.
  6. Control Click the bookmark.
  7. Select Delete.

Delete Bookmarks in Google Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click Bookmarks from the top menu.
  3. Click Bookmark Manager.
  4. Locate the bookmark you want to delete.
  5. Control Click the bookmark.
  6. Select Delete. (To delete multiple bookmarks at once in Chrome, hold the Command key while selecting bookmarks, then control click and select Delete.

Why Delete Bookmarks?

There can be multiple reasons to delete the bookmarks of 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 from your MacBook. 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 it’s 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.

Do you set bookmarks on your computer? Do you ever delete them, if so?

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