Easy Web Rider - the Prequel
Written and published September 29, 1999
Before there were ILFs there were bookmarks and favorites, sometimes they still come in handy. So this week we'll share the secret to having your bookmarks, and favorites all wrapped up in one neat package -- literally.
Instead of having a bunch of bookmarks in Netscape, then being stuck in the dark recesses of cyberspace trying to recall a URL when you're in IE or iCab -- you get to have all of your bookmarks available in every browser. No matter what browser you're in, when you bookmark a site it becomes bookmarked for you to see in all of your browsers. Cool, eh?
Here's how it works... and how you set it up:
Every browser has its own bookmark file, installed by default when you install the browser. All you have to do is choose one browser's bookmark file as your main file, then replace the other bookmark files with an alias of your main file. Since each browser looks for a bookmark file of a particular name, you fake it out by giving the alias that name. As we discussed in earlier columns, the main file can be anywhere on your hard drive. (I, of course, suggest you move it to your personal data file.) So that's all there is to it. A great fake out that saves you tons of time.
This great setup was taught to me by my friend, Lorca Hanns, who has been an active driving force at BMUG and great source of help for many. He has been setting this up for people for a while so it's tried and true. Additionally, reader Brian H. Napier wrote in with the same exact suggestion. Great minds think alike. In fact, both sent me screen shots to make it clear. So, without further ado, here are both screen shots so you can see what we're talking about. And, of course, the details on how to do this yourself.
Just understand that if you have two browsers open at the same time and make a change to bookmarks in one file, the change won't appear immediately in the other. You'll have to quit that second browser and re-launch it in order for the change to appear.
Getting down to it
Launch Netscape and, in Preferences, choose the IE Toolbar option. Do the same in iCab. Now the same toolbar favorites will be available in all of your browsers.
For what it's worth, I use bookmarks, but only for sites I tend to go to often. When a site is of interest to me for future or once-in-a-while reference, I save the ILF to my URLs file instead. This method helps me keep my bookmark file somewhat lean and easy to use.
Next week I think we'll look at email closely.