Updated: 10/11/2021 by Computer Hope

A bookmark may refer to any of the following:

Book with an attached ribbon marker.

1. When referring to an Internet browser, a bookmark or electronic bookmark is a method of saving a web page's address. While using most browsers, pressing Ctrl+D bookmarks the page you are viewing. To bookmark a page using your mouse, click the Bookmark icon (star) icon (or a similar symbol) to the right of the address bar. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, bookmarks are referred to as favorites.


If you forget to bookmark a page and have forgotten the address, you can view your browser history, see: How to view the Internet browser's history.

Why create a bookmark?

A bookmark is handy when you find a web page that you want to remember and look at another day. When you bookmark a web page, you create a shortcut for quick access to that web page. You can access that bookmark at any time to view the web page again without having to search the Internet to find it.

How to view bookmarks using shortcuts

Below is a list of keyboard shortcuts that access and view the bookmarks in your browser.

2. When referring to the Internet and HTML, a bookmark link is another name for a named anchor.

3. In text editors, like Notepad++, a bookmark is a feature that lets you mark a line to quickly find it again later. For example, in Notepad++, you can press Ctrl+F2 to add and remove a bookmark on the current line. When bookmarked, a small blue dot is displayed next to the line number. Once the file has bookmarks, pressing F2 cycles through each of the bookmarked lines. Bookmarks make it easy to jump around in a file containing thousands of lines of text or code.

4. In word processing programs, like Microsoft Word, a bookmark is a feature that lets you tag words, pictures, charts, or other objects to quickly find and view them again later. For example, if a Word document contained a chart that you found very helpful, you can add a bookmark to it. Later, when you want to refer to that chart again, you can open the Word document and access the bookmark to quickly find that chart.

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