I have a ton of bookmarks as well, Edward, but I generally only use a quarter of them on a daily basis.
Currently I use three browsers (IE 9, FF, and Chrome) and with each I have a favorites/bookmarks bar loaded with my favorite sites. I group sites that are the same into folders that I place on the favorites/bookmark bar (i.e. e-mail folder contains: gmail, hotmail, aol mail). The beauty, in my opinion, of having a favorites/bookmark bar "is" the simple fact that no matter where you go on the internet, it is always there above the site. There it is... you're ready to go to the next site with a single click. The problem with using a speed-type dial as Opera and Chrome has, is that after you go to a site and then wish to navigate to the next... you need to go back to the speed dial window (first click) and then click on the site you wish to go to (second click). AND doing it this way means you have to change the way windows and tabs works which I do not want to do.
Pinning sites to the task bar and then clicking on them opens a site as though it were an app. Now if you wish to go to the next place, you go back to your task bar and click on the next button. So far, it's exactly like the bookmarks/favorite bar operation. BUT if you wish to navigate "away from" that site, you cannot do it as easily as you do with the bookmarks/favorites bar set-up since the window you're in is a special app window. You have to try this to see what I'm saying. Trust me... it's simply not as efficient.
I've tried pinning sites to the tabs in FF but that also does not work as efficiently as the bookmarks bar.
Simply put... the bookmarks bar cannot be beaten. The only downside is that it takes up some monitor space, albeit not very much.
I was curious how many others were using the bookmarks/favorites bar on a regular basis. I'm having a hard time understanding why so many don't see the beauty and efficiency of browsing in that manner.
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