Last autumn, Google introduced a new bookmark manager for Chrome. Being excited for something new and different, I eagerly signed up for it and switched my marks to their new UI. I quickly regretted that decision. What I was left with was a bunch of colorful boxes and little control over how I had my bookmarks set up and the user experience was seriously lacking.

Being the patient Chrome user that I am, I just kind of soldiered on without really using my bookmark manager. I got accustomed to just searching out my bookmarks manually which worked fine for me since most of my important sites are kept on the bookmark bar.

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I was not alone in my disdain for the new manager. In fact it was so unpopular that Google decided to make the new bookmark manager the default for all of Chrome. It was easy enough to revert back to the old manager in the extension settings, but the new default just was not ready for mass consumption.

After popular demand, Google has taken the new UI behind the woodshed and developers at Google I am sure will try and bake it in with some improvements in the future. For now Chrome Bookmark Manager can be found in the Chrome Store for optional downloading as it was in the beginning.

From the Chrome Help Forum, posted on Friday, Google writes,

Our team is committed to improving Chrome’s bookmarks experience, but for the time being, we’ve decided to bring back the previous version. Our team will continue to explore other ways to improve the bookmarks experience. You’ll see the previous version of the bookmarks manager return to your Chrome browser shortly.

I can understand the need to update the Chrome bookmark manager. When reverting back to the old UI, it looked very much outdated but what it lacked in style it made up for in actual function. The new bookmark manager was this colorful hot mess full of potential but lacking any real muscle.

Google would be best in making their next bookmark manager something that can be easily accessed and easily organized. Every user has a different style and the diversity should be embraced and they should avoid forcing users into a cookie cut user experience that only would benefit one segment of the net population.

I like the direction of the new Chrome Bookmark Manager. In fact I still have it on my Chromebook. I still hold out hope that it will become a more rich UX and allow me to have sorting options, thumbnail options, and more to make it my bookmark manager.

Source: Android Authority

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Mike Lewis

Born in Norfolk, Virginia. Grew up on the Rappahannock River in Warsaw, Virginia. I've also lived in Lynchburg, VA, Indianapolis, Chicago, LA, Dallas, and Orlando. Now living in Richmond, VA.

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