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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar Web Browsers
The following hint was emailed to me by macosxhints reader close2me, and I found it interesting enough to write up and post with additional detail.

Want to get more sites on your Safari bookmark bar? Or are you more of an icon than a text person? Consider replacing the names of some of your bookmarks with icons, as seen in the screenshot.

Bookmarks as iconsFrom the left, I have my Google Related button, the Apple home page, and then my News folder. How do you use icons instead of names? It's actually quite easy.

Start by enabling the character palette, as described in this hint. Once enabled, activate the palette and then set the "View" drop-down to "All."

In Safari, bring up the Bookmarks page and edit the name of one of your bookmarks -- select all the text and hit Delete so you have a blank name field. Switch back to the character palette and find an icon that you like (check in Miscellaneous Symbols, Miscellaneous Technical, and Dingbats for some good ones). Click once to select it, and then hit the Insert button. You should see your chosen symbol inserted into the bookmark name field in Safari. That's all there is to it! You can also add spaces to improve the spacing of your newly condensed bookmarks bar.

This hint, of course, should also work on any other browser that will accept input from the Character Palette (which should cover any native browser).

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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: mm2270 on Mar 12, '03 11:06:59AM

Very cool hint. The only problem I'm having is finding the Apple logo in the Character palette. Does anyone know where that lives?



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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: sfodden on Mar 12, '03 11:15:22AM

Good hint. Is there any way to increase the size of the glyphs or to bold them? Some show up as really small or faint in the bookmarks bar.

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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: robg on Mar 12, '03 11:19:28AM

I found it in there, obviously ;-). Check in the Misceallaneous or Dingbats areas, and set the font pop-up to Lucida Grande. You might also try the "All Glyphs" (or something like that) tab...

-rob.



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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: cyberelf on Mar 12, '03 12:29:57PM

You can otherwise use Option-Shift-K (if you're using a QWERTY).



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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: dave1212 on Mar 12, '03 07:01:48PM

yep, that's been the same for as long as i can remember.. i think that worked, no, i remember it working in the first MacWrite :)

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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: hifi on Mar 12, '03 02:17:36PM

Additionally the unicode for the apple logo is F8FF.



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Replace text with icons on *IE*'s bookmark bar?
Authored by: TicToc on Mar 12, '03 05:48:09PM

I like the hint, and I know I should be using Safari ;), but I'm not, yet. I
can't get the hint to work with IE - any idea whether it should?
Thanks



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Replace text with icons on *IE*'s bookmark bar?
Authored by: bongo on Mar 12, '03 10:13:34PM

It seems to work, but with a limited set of characters. I think it's using Geneva, not Lucida - which I believe is non-Unicode, but I'm not certain.

I couldn't get the Apple logo out of the character palette, but shift-option-K worked, oddly enough.



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Sample Safari Bookmark Bar
Authored by: dave1212 on Mar 12, '03 10:07:05PM
Here's mine right now:

Safari Bookmark Bar

In order, the folders are News, Personal/Mine, ResEdits (all OS X hacks), Web Design, and Blogs.

I felt like throwing the command key icon in wih my single URL bbar links for fun..

Hope I can inspire some ideas!

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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: sinebubble on Mar 12, '03 11:56:12PM

This only works with specific fonts? I'm not able to get this to work with Thingbat or other fonts. It just puts in the actual letter and not the dingbat.



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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: bluehz on Mar 13, '03 12:57:41AM

I wasn't having much luck with this either until I selected the "unicode Blocks" tab at the top of the Character Palette - then picked from those.

Does anyone know a way to get rid of all the foreign characters, etc that I will never use?



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Works in Camino
Authored by: jon_ault on Mar 13, '03 04:02:27AM

I just tried this out in Camino & it works. It doesn't look quite as nice, since the web page icon still shows up, but it does make the bookmark smaller.



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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: Tonex on Mar 13, '03 09:46:49AM
I have recently started trialling Path Finder as a replacement for the finder (very happy so far) and when I tried this hint I discovered I can access both my hard drives from the drop down menu! Well cool. See the screenshot

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Replace text with icons on Safari's bookmark bar
Authored by: DougAdams on Mar 13, '03 05:02:39PM
This is a great tip in general, thanks. I've been using items from the Character Palette to prefix iTunes Playlist names. "Enclosed Alphanumerics" is cool.

Doug
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