A bookmark is a saved shortcut that directs your browser to a specific webpage. It stores the title, URL, and favicon of the corresponding page. Saving bookmarks allows you to easily access your favorite locations on the Web.

All major web browsers allow you to create bookmarks, though each browser provides a slightly different way of managing them. For example, Chrome and Firefox display your bookmarks in an open window, while Safari displays them in a list in the sidebar of the browser window. Internet Explorer uses the name "Favorites" to refer to bookmarks, and like Safari, it displays all your favorites in a list within the browser window sidebar.

To create a bookmark, simply visit the page you want to bookmark and select Add Bookmark or Bookmark this Page from the Bookmarks menu. In Internet Explorer, you can click the star icon to open the Favorites sidebar and click Add to Favorites to add the current page to your bookmarks. The website title will show up in your bookmarks list along with the website's favicon if available. As your collection of bookmarks grows, you can create folders to organize your bookmarks into different categories.

It is helpful to bookmark frequently visited websites and useful references since you don't have to remember the URLs. Additionally, you can just click the bookmarks instead of typing in the full web addresses. Some browsers even display your bookmarked pages in the autocomplete drop down menu as you type in the address bar. This allows you to visit bookmarked pages without even opening the bookmarks window or sidebar in your browser.

NOTE: A bookmark only stores the location of a webpage, not store the contents of the webpage itself. Therefore, when you open a previously saved bookmark, the contents of the page may have changed since the last time you viewed it.

Updated February 11, 2014 by Per C.

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