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May 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

How To Add A Dropdown Bookmark Menu To Google Chrome

Hello everyone,

I love browsers (especially Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome), and I love to bookmark but I don’t like the “bookmark bar”. Bookmark bars take up space and I don’t like where they are located regardless of whether they are on the side, top, or bottom of the window.

Today I would like to show you how to add a great little bookmark button to the Chrome browser toolbar. Then, all you have to do is just click on this button and you will be able to access your bookmarks from a drop down menu. How cool is that?

Follow these three simple steps:

1) Right click on the Chrome shortcut icon

2) Choose “Properties”

3) In the “Target” box after the “chrome.exe” leave a space and then type – -bookmark-menu (see photo). That’s “space, dash, dash, bookmark, dash, menu”

4) The resulting “Target” string will point to:

C\Users\Your Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe – –bookmark-menu

You’re done! Now every time you bookmark a site in your Chrome browser you can access that site via the new drop down menu button on the toolbar. Enjoy!

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  • Alex
    10:51 am on September 29th, 2012 1

    I did this and don’t see a dropdown menu. Where is it supposed to be??????????????????????????

  • Randy Knowles
    8:26 pm on September 29th, 2012 2

    Thanks for the comment Alex. The option that you are talking about has been removed by Google but please read:

    Ages ago, Google Chrome had a command line flag that allowed users to enable a drop-down bookmarks menu. It’s a feature that power users loved, since it provided quick access to favorite sites without having to display the bookmarks bar and eat up extra vertical pixels.

    But Google later backtracked and removed the toggle — not necessarily a huge problem since several extensions are available that provide similar functionality, but all of those chew up a little bit of RAM. The menu was, for all intents and purposes, footprint-free.

    Now the bookmarks menu appears to be on its way back to Google Chrome. This time it’s not even hidden behind a flag. Rather, it’s integrated into the customize menu (looks like three horizontal lines) just below the new tab and window options. Hover over bookmarks and your toolbar’s contents slide into view. You can then pause on subfolders to drill down and click a link to open it in the current tab.

    Randy Knowles

  • Joe Williams
    11:17 am on January 17th, 2014 3

    I installed Chrome on my wife’s desktop and it came with a menu bar which included bookmarks imported from Firefox. The next day I installed Chrome (same version as my wife’s) on my desktop and it had a bookmarks toolbar, which I don’t like. How do I get the dropdown menu version? I’ve tried Randy Knowles’ procedure but I get a message box saying that the amended URL address for Chrome is not legal. What is a fellow to do?


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