Last time, I’ve compiled an article about
Bookmarklets for Mac Safari.
Actually, those bookmarklets also can be used on your Firefox 3. Because those bookmarklets are running with
“A bookmarklet is an applet, a small computer application, stored as the URL of a bookmark in a web browser
or as a hyperlink on a web page.” ~ Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia
It’s a bit tricky to store your bookmarklets on Firefox 3 Bookmarks Bar. Simple favicon drag and drop,
unfortunately, cannot work in Firefox 3. You still can do simple favicon drag and drop to bookmark
a certain page of your visited site. But I don’t know why, it just can’t work on storing bookmarklets.
Therefore, you need another way to store the bookmarklets on bookmarks bar. I have two alternative ways here
and I will explain you the details on how to make it. This is the case if you’re willing to read through the
article though. You can also watch the short video tutorial at the end of this article.
Alternative 1. Create New Bookmark
- Copy the whole bookmarklet url
- Control Click on the bookmarks bar and Choose New Bookmark from the pop up menu
Paste the url you’ve just copied before as the bookmark’s Location. Fill in suitable title for the
bookmarklet and confirm the bookmarklet creation
In my opinion, this way is slower than the second alternative. But this way is the usual and less complicated
Alternative 2. Bookmark with Clipping
With your Mac OS X, you can do text clipping. And to my surprise, this text clipping technique also works in
Firefox 3. It’s like dragging favicon but it’s not exactly the same. Here, instead of you dragging the favicon,
you need to drag the whole url. In order to easily drag the whole url, follow these steps:
- Highlight the whole url with Command L. This step is necessary. I will explain it later
Drag the highlighted section to your Firefox bookmarks bar. In case you highlight the whole url manually, you
need to click and hold your mouse for a while (about 1.5-2 seconds) before you can drag out the url.
I guess this is designed in this way so that the system can correctly interpret what action you intend to perform
- Change the title and hit OK. Done
As promised, I will put up the video tutorial for this particular trick.