How to Create, View, Edit, and Restore Bookmarks in Safari on Mac

Bookmarks are shortcuts to your favorite web pages so that you can navigate to them in seconds. This article explains how you can create, view, edit, and restore your Bookmarks in Safari on your Mac.

Using Bookmarks is a great way to save and organize websites so you can easily visit them later. If Safari is enabled in iCloud Preferences on your Mac, Safari will use iCloud to synchronize your bookmarks across multiple devices. You can use to restore your bookmarks from an earlier version that was automatically archived in iCloud. In other words, this will let you recover your bookmarks you accidentally deleted.

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How to Create a Bookmark

There are several ways to add a bookmark:

Use the Share button

  • Launch Safari and open the desired website that you want to bookmark.
  • Click the Share button in the toolbar.
  • Click Add Bookmark. And a dialog box will appear saying “add this page to”.
  • Choose a folder (you can create folders see the “how to manage bookmarks” section below). The default folder is Favorites. You can change its name and add a description.
  • When you are done, click the blue Add button.
Add Bookmark
Rename bookmark

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Use the Smart Search field

  • With the wanted website open in Safari, move your mouse over the Smart Search field (this is the address field where you enter URLs), do not click yet.
  • A circle (+) icon will appear at the left side of the field. Then click and hold this button.
  • And choose Bookmarks.
Smart Search Field to add bookmarks

Safari menu bar

If you use this met dog, you can add multiple bookmarks at once. Here is how:

  • In Safari, open a website you want to bookmark. If you want to bookmark multiple sites, use tabs, and open more than one site.
  • From the Safari menu bar, click Bookmarks.
  • From the drop-down menu, select Add Bookmark or Add Bookmarks for These X Tabs. Then again you may add description etc and click Add.
Menu bar Safari Bookmarks

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This is arguably the easiest way. You can simply use the keyboard shortcut to add a bookmark. Here is how:

  • Open the desired website in Safari.
  • On your keyboard, press the Command-D keys together.
  • This will open the Bookmark dialog. Select a folder and then click Add.
Keyboard shortcut to add a bookmark

Now you may choose a method and then you may repeat this step for all your favorite sites.

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How to view bookmarks

So you have added your desired websites to your bookmarks. Here is how you can find and view your bookmarks:

  • In Safari, click the Sidebar button in the toolbar. And then click the Bookmarks tab. Or alternatively, click Bookmarks and choose Show Bookmarks.
  • You will see all of your bookmarks and bookmark folders. You can click a bookmark to visit.
  • You will see a search field at the top which you can use to search your bookmarks. If you do not see the search field, scroll down to open it.
  • To close this sidebar, you can click the Sidebar icon again. Or you can choose the Hide Bookmarks option from Bookmarks.
Sidebar button
View your bookmarks

Alternatively, you can view your Bookmarks by clicking the Bookmarks in the menu bar.

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How to manage bookmarks

You can manage your bookmarks. You can:

  • edit, copy and delete your bookmarks or folders.
  • edit a bookmark’s description
  • create folders and organize your bookmarks.

Edit, rename or delete your bookmarks or folders

  • In safari, open the bookmark sidebar by clicking the Sidebar icon and then clicking the Bookmark icon.
  • Select a bookmark or bookmark folder to modify.
  • Right-click (or control-click) the bookmark or folder.
  • A menu will appear. Select one of the options: Rename, Edit Address (this will let you change the URL address of the bookmark), Copy, and Delete.
Edit a bookmark

Edit description

If you want to change a bookmarks description, you can do that as well:

  • In Safari, open the Bookmark sidebar and then double-click a folder where the bookmark you want to change its description is located. If you have not created a bookmark, then double-click Favorites.
  • This will open all of the bookmarks in that folder.
  • Select a bookmark and then control-click (or right-click) it.
  • This time you will see an option saying “Edit Description”, select that.
Edit Description

You can also move your bookmarks to different folders by using your mouse to drag them there.

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Create bookmark folders

You can create bookmark folders. This will let you organize your bookmarks. This will also make your bookmarks easier to find. You can create new bookmark folders many different ways, for example:

  • In Safari, click the Sidebar icon Open the Bookmark sidebar. Then click the Bookmark tab. Control-click (or right-click) anywhere inside the sidebar and then select New Folder.
  • Alternatively, in Safari, click Bookmarks and then Edit Bookmarks. This will open a bookmark window. Click the New Folder button (top-right corner of the screen). Or, to open this bookmark window, you can use its shortcut. On your keyboard, press these three keys together: Option(alt)-Command-b.
Create bookmark folder

How to restore bookmarks

If you have ever accidentally deleted a bookmark, it can be incredibly frustrating. The good news is that, if you are using iCloud, you can restore your bookmarks to recover them by using Follow the steps below:

  • Open Safari on your Mac and visit
  • Sign in with your Apple ID. Then follow the onscreen instructions (verifying your identity etc).
  • Click Account Settings.
  • Scroll down and find the Advanced section.
  • Click Restore Bookmarks. You will see all of the available bookmarks. You can sort them by “Date Deleted”, “Name”, or “Folder”.
  • Select one or more then click Restore. Then click Done. account settings
Restore bookmarks
Restore iCloud bookmarks that are deleted

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Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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1 thought on “How to Create, View, Edit, and Restore Bookmarks in Safari on Mac”

  1. Thanks for this info. So How do you MAKE a custom icon for your bookmark favorites toolbar in Safari?

    Yes, I know about “favicons” and copy/past emojis from iChat or such into the toolbar from “Edit Bookmarks.” I have a bunch up there already. But if you have, for example, an organization with a logo, that makes more sense to show than having or abbreviating “Acme Plastics Composite and Recomposting Development Technologies Of the Puget Sound” or even “APCRCFTPS”… How about just the logo? That saves an enormous amount of real estate. How do you do that? No article even mentions anything about “customization” except how to move stuff around your toolbar. Thanks!


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