Safari’s ridiculously easy bookmark shortcuts

delicious logoI’ve always been an avid user of delicious for my bookmarks. I love the way I can just type away on tags, without having to worry about cataloguing my bookmarks in hierarchical folders. Moreover, my bookmarks are stored online, so as long as there are no Ma.gnolia-like debacles, I can access them from wherever I want. This alone makes me prefer Delicious over any browser’s built-in solution.

Adding the bookmarks, however, has always been somewhat of a hassle. Delicious offers bookmarklets, small snippets of JavaScript you save as bookmark to access them, which when added to the bookmarks bar of your browser, act like “buttons” you can press to bookmark the current page. However, I always hated having to pick up my mouse to click on the bookmarklet, so I ended up trying all kinds of Delicious applications for my Mac, such as DeliciousSafari and Pukka. Some of these apps are pretty expensive for just adding bookmarks, but what’s worse is they tend to be stuffed with unnecessary features to justify the price. All I really wanted was a keyboard shortcut to bookmark a page to delicious. As it turns out, Safari can already do that just fine on its own.

Anything you put in the bookmarks bar, you can access with cmd + the place of the bookmark in the bar (from the left). This means ⌘1 opens the first bookmark, ⌘2 the second and so on. Combine this with bookmarklets and you have keyboard shortcuts for things like adding a delicious bookmark without any third party apps. As you can see, I also use this for other services that provide bookmarklets, such as Evernote.

Safari Bookmarklets

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