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Convert Chrome Bookmark Toolbar Folders to Icons

So you have your regular bookmarks reduced to icons but what about the folders? With our little hack and a few minutes of your time you can turn those folders into icons too.

Condensing the Folders

Reducing bookmark folders to icons is a little more tricky than regular bookmarks but not hard to do.


Right click on the folder and select “Rename…”.


The folder’s name should already be highlighted/selected as shown here.


Delete the text…notice that the “OK Button” has become unusable for the moment.


Now what you will need to do is:

  • Hold down the “Alt Key”
  • Type in “0160” (without the quotes) using the numbers keypad on the right side of your keyboard
  • Release the “Alt Key” after you have finished typing in the number above

Once you have released the “Alt Key” you will notice two things…the “cursor” has moved further into the text area and you can now click on the “OK Button” again.


There is our folder after editing.


And it works just as well as before but without taking up so much room.


Here is how our “iconized” folder looks next to our bookmarks. Perfect!


What if you want to reduce multiple folders to icons? Perform the same exact steps shown above for each folder and pack your “Bookmarks Toolbar” full of folder goodness!


As seen here the folders will have a little more space between them in comparison with singular bookmarks due to the “blank name” for each folder.


For those who may be curious this is what your bookmarks will look like in the “Bookmark Manager Page”.

Note: If you export your bookmarks all bookmarks contained in multiple blank name folders will be combined into a single folder.



With just a little bit of work you can pack a lot of goodness into your “Bookmarks Toolbar”. No more wasted space…

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/7/10

Comments (17)

  1. Trevor Bekolay

    Cool tip! Would it be possible to put in a small triangle, like this one, rather than leaving the blank space?

  2. zoid

    No more wasted space except the other bookmarks folder that can’t be removed or renamed

  3. Tangmeister

    Um, I’m really confused.

    Are we talking about entering a space? Because that’s pretty much it…

  4. Asian Angel

    @Tangmeister – It will be a special blank space…not a normal one.

  5. Asian Angel

    @Trevor Bekolay – I just tried it on one of my Iron Browser installs. Did a simple copy and paste of the upside down triangle from the first line in the Java Data Table and it worked perfectly. ^__^

  6. farid

    i have been using stylish code to get the job done in firefox “juste the favicons in bookmark toolbar without text” i have tried to do the same thing with stylish extension in chrome, but i haven’t find the the code that work,i hope some one can make a working code that do the job for me instead of do the clean each times i add a new bookmarks.
    and thanx for tips

  7. Joe

    I don’t understand why there’s the need for the special character. Typing a regular space works just fine.

  8. Asian Angel

    @Joe – When I started on this I focused on using a “blank space character” to create the effect (based on doing the same with desktop icons and folders). I did not know that pressing the space bar once accomplished the same effect for this. That is indeed a great catch by you on that. ^__^

  9. Sakshar Thakkar

    I just did it yesterday. It’s quite helpful and saving space.

  10. SquareWheel

    Did this a few weeks ago, works well.

  11. Joe

    We used to use an extended ASCII character trick in high school – we’d install DOOM on the school computers but put the ASCII null character in the directory name, so when the administrators tried to “cd DOOM” it wouldn’t work :)

  12. Asian Angel

    @Joe – That is a lovely trick that. ^__^ Those pesky administrators always try to “ruin the fun”. :P

  13. Ashok Kumar

    Nice trick. But it would be even more lovely if its possible to change the icon of the bookmark folder. That would give some sort of identification to the otherwise blank named folders.

  14. dannn

    umm…I am impressed that is saves tool bar space, but when done we don’t know what all is included in a particular folder. It does not display it name when the cursor is pointed at it. Have to click to actually get a glance of links are actually in that folder. Imagine that there are about ten of those and one of them contains the links to, say, “My Best Blogs”. I would have to click several of them until I find the “My Best Blog” folder and then click on which blog I am going to read.
    Or am I missing something here?

  15. Rofl Mao

    you can also just name it one space… same thing

  16. galahad

    Chrome bookmarks system just sucks as of now. No separators. No way to customize icons. and the worst: the huge bloody ‘Other bookmarks’ folder occupies half of the toolbar and you can’t get rid of it. It’s really just a shitty beta yet.

  17. jlhdodge

    Actually, you do this in bookmarks manager and you don’t have to do any of the “Alt” “0160”, only right click – rename – delete name – enter – done.

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