How to Delete All Bookmarks from Your Browser

Found the ultimate 5-minute breakfast recipes list while scrolling through Facebook? Bookmark. Came across an interesting headline while reading a book review? Bookmark. A BuzzFeed post with ten cat videos that cracked you up? You know it, bookmark.
The internet is full of interesting content, and chances are, so are most people’s bookmarks. Every browser on every computer out there is probably full of links that will never be read.
This fluff in your bookmarks can defeat the purpose of having them in the first place. If this is the state of your bookmarks, they might be due for a purge.
In this blog post, we’re going to go through the easiest way to delete all unimportant bookmarks from two popular internet browsers. To get access to awesome features like bookmark managers and multiple selections, we recommend doing this on a laptop.

How to Delete Bookmarks

Developers often use the most common and familiar interface for their programs to make them easier to use. This means that most browsers come with similar features and controls, especially with basic tasks like bookmarking links.

Using Chrome's Bookmarks Manager

Google Chrome is the most popular browser on the internet, and for a good reason. It's packed with features that make it very easy to use and navigate.
One of those features is the bookmark manager. It shows all bookmarks and folders (if you’ve made any) in an interface comfortably similar to a file explorer view. You can search for bookmarks, select multiple links and folders, and move things around.Chrome's Bookmarks manager makes it easy to delete and organize your links.
  1. To access the bookmark manager, press CTRL + Shift + O.
  2. To delete multiple bookmarks, hold down the CTRL button while selecting all the ones you want to delete.
  3. To delete everything, open the “Other bookmarks” and press CTRL + A to select all.
  4. Once you’re done with the selection, hit the “Delete” button on the top right corner of the window.
Keep in mind that if any bookmarks are deleted, a little undo button will pop up on the lower-left corner of the window for just five seconds. After that, these bookmarks are gone forever, so be careful.

Reading List Feature

Chrome recently added a “Reading List” feature that’s more focused on articles and stories. The nice thing about it is that it marks the ones opened as read and the new ones as unread. It also saves these articles offline so you can access them at any time.
Other than that, though, it’s not a very easy feature to use. You have to delete the read articles one by one. Saving reading items can only be done with two clicks with no keyboard shortcuts. And, the only way to access it is through the bookmarks bar, so if you have that hidden, you won’t find the reading list anywhere.
To access the reading list on Google Chrome
  1. Press CTRL + Shift + B to show the bookmarks bar under the address bar
  2. You’ll find the reading list on the right end of the bookmarks bar
To save stuff to your reading list
  1. Click on the star in the address bar. A two-item menu will appear.
  2. Choose “add to reading list,” and the reading list will have a red dot to signify an unread link.

Using Firefox Bookmarks Library

Like most things with Firefox, this browser takes bookmarks managers to a whole different level. It’s a much more capable bookmarks manager than Chrome’s, though this comes at a cost. Firefox “Library” doesn’t look as easy on the eyes as Chrome’s bookmarks manager.
Its features can also take some getting used to, but once that’s done, your hands will automatically open the pages you want before you know it.
Before we get into how to organize bookmarks, let’s see how we can get a clean slate. The controls on this bookmarks manager are identical to Chrome.
  1. Press CTRL + Shift + O to open it
  2. Choose the folder you’d like to delete, either “Bookmarks Toolbar” or “Bookmarks Menu.”
  3. Hold CTRL while selecting bookmarks you want to delete.
  4. Alternatively, you could press CTRL + A to select all the bookmarks in there
  5. Hit Delete once you're done with your selection.
To undo any accidental deletions, just press CTRL + Z.

Other Bookmarks Features on Firefox

There's a lot more you can do with Firefox to make good use of your bookmarks. These are the two most useful features when navigating the bookmarks library.
When saving bookmarks on Firefox (with CTRL + D shortcut), a small pop-up will appear with bars where the name, location, and tags associated with this bookmark go.
You can put multiple tags on each bookmark to organize them according to topic, urgency, or whatever works for you. Once these tags are saved, you can use them in two ways.
The first is to open the bookmarks library and see all the links you saved under a certain tag. The second, and the more useful one, is that you can enter that tag in the address bar, and Firefox will show you all the bookmarks that have this tag.
Keywords, on the other hand, require a few more steps to add, but remove a lot of steps to access the website you want. The purpose of a keyword is to open a website by typing one word in the address bar and hitting enter.
For example, you can save your E-banking service under the keyword “cabbage,” so every time you need to access your bank’s website, you type that in and just hit enter.
  1. Bookmark the website you’d like to set a keyword to
  2. Open the Bookmarks Library by pressing CTRL + Shift + O
  3. Navigate to the website and select it
  4. Text bars titled “Name,” “URL,” “Tags,” and “Keyword” will appear at the bottom
  5. Enter the word you’d like to use in the “Keyword” text bar.
And voila. You have that website on your browser’s proverbial speed dial.


There are countless browsers available on the internet, from the age-old internet explorer to the lesser-known ones like Vivaldi. Almost all of them use the same keyboard shortcuts to access the bookmarks manager if they have one.
  • CTRL + Shift + O to open the bookmarks manager
  • CTRL + Shift + B to toggle the bookmarks bar
  • CTRL + D to bookmark your tab
These can be very helpful shortcuts, but bookmarking web pages without any form of organization is pointless. It can mean you end up with an overwhelming, never-ending list of links. That’s why it’s always a good idea to give it a few minutes to find the right information when needed.