6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2011 7:05 PM by Peter Berglund
JRsiMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can someone help me sort out and untangle this confusing Bookmarks problem?

When I click on Bookmarks in the Safari menu bar to bookmark a page, it doesn't necessarily go in that list but somewhere else. I can usually find the page in one of many folders when I open "Show all Bookmarks". There, I run into "Collections" and "Bookmarks" and find multiple Bookmark Bar and Bookmark Menu folders. I don't need all those, I just want one list of bookmarks.

Can you explain the difference between "Collections" and "Bookmarks", and the difference between "Bookmarks Bar" and Bookmarks Menu" and please tell me how to permanently get rid of all the duplicates. I have deleted the duplicates before but they keep coming back.

Technical: iMac Desktop with intel, MacBook and iPhone; latest Snow Leopard; Mobile Me syncing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
JRsiMac

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (100,210 points)
    HI,

    It may be easier to check out these links for help with Bookmarks.

    Mastering Safari, learning now to manage and tame your bookmarks

    And How to Manage Safari Bookmarks




    Carolyn
  • JRsiMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Those links were worth reading but did not offer a specific solution to my problem.
    After trying many things what finally seemed to work was this:
    1) I assumed that deleted info was being reloaded to my Mac from MobileMe.
    2) I changed Sync from "automatically" to "manual".
    3) I painstakedly merged the info in the many Bookmarks Bars and Bookmarks Menus into the Bookmarks Menu under Collections {the one with the "page" icon), then deleted all duplicates, and then deleted all the duplicate folders both under Collections and Bookmarks.
    4) Finally I synced manually choosing "replace info in MobileMe with info on this computer" so that MobileMe only kept a record of the new Bookmarks info on my computer, rather than the other way around.

    Now there are only four headings under Collections and three under Bookmarks with all duplicate folders and lists gone. Things seem to be staying that way.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (100,210 points)
    HI,

    g but did not offer a specific solution to my problem.


    Rarely is there a "specific solution" for troubleshooting Safari Bookmarks. Most folk have their Bookmarks set up to suit their needs, all we can do is offer guidelines.

    Now there are only four headings under Collections and three under Bookmarks with all duplicate folders and lists gone. Things seem to be staying that way.



    Good and thank you for the star
  • curious r Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi,
    I am asking the same question and found your thread. I have looked at your suggestions for this post and this user. I understand it and have usually been organized with my bookmarks for a while but have since let it get out of control and I mean out of control.

    Do you know of an easier way that Safari can look for duplicates and delete them?

    I sometimes in a hurry add bookmarks to the bookmark bar and go back later to file them in appropriate folders. I was moving them and realized that I was coping them back into the same folder. Also can Safari organize folders alphabetically?

    I suspect that is not possible but it is worth asking a more seasoned user. Thanks for your time!
  • curious r Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi,

    I sent you an earlier message. Please disregard it and thanks for probably reading it.

    I just applied myself and sorted out my Safari Bookmarks!

    Message was edited by: curious r
  • Peter Berglund Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Duplicate bookmarks are a pain. Safari Prairiefire is a tool that can identify and remove duplicates automatically.