Bookmarklets make a wonderful addition to any browser, but like regular bookmarks they can take up space if you have a large collection. See how easy it is to combine them into a single bookmarklet using the Bookmarklet Combiner website.
For our example we chose three very useful bookmarklets that have been previously covered here at How-To Geek: PageZipper, Printliminator, & AddThis. While you could place your bookmarklet collection into a special folder, combining your bookmarklets does present an easy to manage and customizable option.
Combining Your Bookmarklets
When you first visit the Bookmarklet Combiner website you need to make certain to expand the #2 section using the drop-down button highlighted below (expanded features shown here).
In the first section enter the name and URL for each of your favorite bookmarklets into the blanks as shown here. Notice that you can expand beyond the default three blanks provided.
The second section is where you can customize how your bookmarklet will operate. Our suggestion is to go with the Display a Menu option. There are five location choices available for the display menu: top-left corner, top-right corner, bottom-left corner, bottom-right corner, & center. Choose the location that works best for you.
All that is left to do is give your new combined bookmarklet a name. Once you have typed in a name the new bookmarklet is ready to go…you will not need to click any kind of save button. Drag the new bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar and get ready to enjoy all that extra space.
We decided to try our new bookmarklet out on the Microsoft Office 2010 upgrade article shown here. Clicking on our new bookmarklet displayed a nice clean looking drop-down menu.
As with the original bookmarklet, the AddThis function worked perfectly.
Next up Printliminator. Once again everything works just as nicely as before but without the toolbar clutter.
While this may not be for everyone it does present a very nice solution for anyone who wants to avoid using a special folder just to hold their bookmarklet collection.
- Published 06/25/10