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This article was published on October 29, 2014

Google releases its new ‘Stars’ Bookmark Manager for Chrome

Google releases its new ‘Stars’ Bookmark Manager for Chrome
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After multiple leaks over the past few months, Google’s new Stars interface for the Chrome Bookmark Manager has launched on the Chrome Web store. Downloading the extension completely replaced Chrome’s old bookmarks interface, so you’ll want to keep that in mind if you’re thinking of installing.

Once you’ve signed into Chrome and enabled sync, the new extension adds a modern interface to the Bookmark Manager and automatically grabs images when you “star” a page from the URL bar. Clicking the star pulls up a preview of the bookmark and lets you choose a folder to assign it to. The extension also retroactively adds images and descriptions to your older bookmarks.

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Google has also ramped up search for your bookmarks, analyzing content and not just the snippets. Bookmark Manager also includes a new auto section that automatically sorts bookmarks by topic or domain.

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Bookmark Manager’s release notes say you can now set bookmark folders to public and then share a link, but the option was greyed out in my browser.

Update: We’re hearing that some users aren’t seeing the new interface. You might need to update to Chrome 38 to get it.

Chrome Bookmark Manager