Safari browser allows to keep the sites in bookmarks and reading list for handy access. When you bookmark a webpage, Safari by default allows you to add it in the “Favorites” or “Tab Group Favorites” section. There are no options to create a folder and arrange the sites like you manage bookmarks in Chrome or favorites in Edge. If you wonder how to manage your favorites properly, here is how you can create folders in Safari favorites in Mac.
Adding Pages to Favorites in Safari
Before proceeding, here is how to add a webpage to favorites in Safari browser.
- Click the “Share” icon and select “Add Bookmark” option.
- Select either “Favorites” or “Tab Group Favorites” to add the page to your favorites list.
As you can see, there are no options showing for creating a new folder. This will clutter the favorites section when you have plenty of sites added in the list. Therefore, organizing the page in folders will help to access or delete them quickly.
Create Favorites Folders in Mac Safari
Follow the below instructions in Safari Mac.
- Launch Safari browser and click on “Show sidebar” icon to open the sidebar.
- Click “Bookmarks” showing in the bottom of the sidebar.
- Right-click (or control-click) on the “Favorites” and select “New Folder” option.
- Type the name for your favorites folder and press enter key to create a folder under “Favorites” section.
You can create multiple folders for arranging all your bookmarked pages.
Adding Websites in Favorites Folders
Now that you have created folders and there are multiple ways to add webpages to that folders.
- When you are in the favorites section, simply drag and drop the existing items inside the folders to arrange them for quicker access.
- Click the “Share” icon and select the folder under “Favorites” section to add the page to that folder.
- Hover the mouse over address bar. You will see a + icon in the left corner of the address bar and right-click (control-click) on it. Safari will show a context menu showing all the locations to save your bookmark and select the folder under “Favorites” to save the link in that folder.
- Other option is to open the sidebar when viewing a webpage then drag and drop the URL from address bar to your favorites folder.
Managing Favorites Folders
There are lot of things you can do with the favorites folders in Safari. You can rearrange the folders so that they appear in the order you like or delete a folder to get rid of all the saved pages inside the folder at once. If you have mistakenly deleted or moved a page, press “Command + Z” to undo your actions.
- Moving Folders – open sidebar and go to “Bookmarks” section. Expand the “Favorites” section and select the folder. Drag the folder up or down and drop where you need to rearrange the order. You can also move the folder inside another folder to create a sub-folder setup.
- Moving Pages – it is also possible to move single page or multiple pages (hold shift to select multiple items) from one folder to other or move outside all the folders.
- Deleting Folder – long press on the folder and then click on the x icon appears to delete the folder. Alternatively, you can right-click (control-click) and select “Delete” option from the context menu.
- Sort Favorites – when you have multiple items the right-click context menu will show an additional “Sort” option. You can use this menu to sort the items in the folder based on name or site address. This is useful to find the page within a folder quickly.
- Open All Pages from a Folder – right-click on the folder and select “Open in New Tabs” to open all the pages in that folder in new tabs. You can also use “Open in New Group” option and select a new or an existing tab group.
Syncing and Managing Favorites Folders in Start Page
All your favorites folders will appear in Start Page which is the default new tab page in Mac Safari. You can right-click on the folder to rename, delete or sort the items without opening the sidebar.
You can sync the folders across all your devices by using the iCloud sync feature for Safari. You can enable the sync by going to “Apple menu > System Settings… > Apple ID > iCloud” and then turn on the switch against “Safari” option. After syncing, the favorites folders you created on one device will automatically appear on the other device’s Safari Start Page.
Learn more on how to create favorites folder in iPhone Safari.
If you are always struggling with huge list of favorites in Mac Safari, then creating folders and arranging them is the best solution for you without any additional extensions. You can sort, move and cleanup the bookmarked items in favorites folders to improve the productivity.
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