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Because your friends need to know now
You just dropped your favorite sandwich on the floor while taking it out of the microwave. You’ve got to tell the world, quick! Click your Facebook bookmarklet and post the bad news instantly to your page, then sit back and wait for a slew of sad faces from the girls and insults from guys. People don’t believe you? Upload an iPhone picture of your destroyed turkey melt to Facebook, then use the Choose Thumbnail feature built into the bookmarklet interface to prove to people that you’re not just a liar looking for some online pity.
Get it right the first time
An unfortunate truth about passwords is, the more you get them wrong in one sitting, the more likely your browser is going to lock you out, whether you simply misspelled the password or not. Lucky for you, there’s a View Passwords bookmarklet that you can use any time you enter a password, to ensure you’ve spelled your secret service code without error. Access any website that requires a password, punch it in, then run View Passwords to ensure that it’s spelled absolutely correctly, so you can hit Login with complete confidence, no matter how much you’ve had to drink. We’re not judging.
Print only what you want
Ever try to print something from one of your favorite websites, only to find a jumbled mess of advertisements and pop-ups distracting you from the actual content (and using up substantially more ink)? Use the Click2Zap bookmarklet to selectively choose which parts of any given page you’d like to print, whether it’s a single image or an entire article. Activating Click2Zap will turn your mouse into a “deselection tool,” so to speak, allowing you to choose what you don’t want to print by dragging a large yellow window across irrelevant information. Not happy with your (de) selection? Hit Undo at the top-right corner and give it another go. When you’re done, hit Print, and save yourself some grief, and some ink!
Enjoy online articles at your leisure
Read It Later is a web service that allows you to save and consolidate unread articles and come back to them whenever you’d like. To get the most out of the service, you need a fast, simple way to add articles to your queue, and the Read It Later bookmarklet provides just that. Simply click it whenever you want to save an article, and it’ll be waiting for you next time you visit the Read It Later site.
So far, we’ve tried to keep from cluttering up this list with a lot of bookmarklets that are essentially glorified search bars. These make up a large chunk of the bookmarklets available, and all work in essentially the same way:
1. Save [service x]'s search bookmarklet
2. Highlight some text, and click the bookmarklet
3. Be whisked away to [service x]'s page, automatically searching for the highlighted text.
We haven’t included these because they’re all basically the same, and kind of boring, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t very useful. Here’s a list of our five most commonly used search bookmarklets:
Wikipedia: Keeping this bookmarklet handy makes it easier than ever to be a know-it-all online.
IMDB: Unfamiliar with the actor or movie mentioned in the blog post you just read? Look it up on IMDB.
Google Images: Can’t remember what color a giraffe’s tongue is? If you had this bookmarklet you could just highlight “giraffe’s tongue” and find out.
Acronym and Abbreviation Finder: Another one that comes up often when surfing the web. Clarifies any confusing abbreviation in a flash.
Urban Dictionary: Sometimes you need to learn about words that aren’t in the regular dictionary. Next time you catch yourself wondering what it actually means to ghost ride a whip, you know what to use.
There are more than 30 bookmarklets on our list, and there’s hundreds more available online. That’s a problem. Why? Because you can fit only about 10 or so on your bookmarks bar before it becomes a complete mess. Fortunately, there are ways to keep lots of bookmarklets organized. Here are three quick tips:
Organize your bookmarklets into folders. Bookmarklets work just as well in folders as they do on your browser’s bookmarks bar, so sort them into logical groups like “Search Bars” and “Writing Resources.”
Keep your bookmarklets on the cloud. Bookmark-syncing applications like Xmarks usually work with bookmarklets, so you can make sure you’ve got your browser toolbox available to you wherever you go.
Rename your bookmarklets. Changing a bookmarklet’s name won’t break it, and may make it shorter or easier for you to remember.