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I am sure other people have probably stumbled across this one, but if your Safari Bookmarks menu takes a while to pop up (like mine did -- very frustrating), just make sure that the bookmark names are short, as long ones slow it up considerably.

[robg adds: This is the first I've heard of this, and I never actually visit my bookmarks menu. When I did this morning to test, it seemed fine. I do, however, tend to use short names all the time. Can anyone confirm the slowdown and fix?]
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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: valx on Jan 30, '04 11:49:32AM

I have encountered this problem as well. I have many bookmarks and quite a few have long names. Finally, I just started using LaunchBar to get to all of my bookmarks, and in Safari, I only store them in the bookmarks sidebar--not in the bookmarks menu. Then if I accidentally go over the Bookmarks menu in the menu bar I don't have to watch the spinning ball for 10 seconds.



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: schneb on Jan 30, '04 11:58:07AM

That is EXACTLY what I do as well. I am wondering, do we need to shorten the names of ALL the links in their various folders, or just the top-level folders to gain the speed increase?



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: schneb on Jan 30, '04 11:55:25AM

I completely agree with the fact that my Bookmarks (imported from Netscape and IE) take at least 10 to 15 seconds to load. For me to go through them all and shorten the titles would take forever. But hey, it might just be worth it. I also noted the same thing when putting a folder in the Bookmark bar. Yet when I tried it at work, the slowdown did not seem to occur. Hmmm. Need to do more testing at home.



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: proinsias on Jan 30, '04 12:56:17PM

I only keep a few bookmarks in the bookmarks menu, but even so, I noticed an dramatic improvement when I shorted a few names.
I don't have any folders, so I couldn't say if you need to shorten the names in the folders as well as the top level.



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: seanhussey on Jan 30, '04 01:32:59PM

I don't really keep any bookmarks in the bookmarks menu. I have my bar broken into groups (Dev, Personal, Work, etc) and then put new bookmarks in there. No speed issues, really, because it's all broken down, but I've noticed that it does load faster if I keep the names short and sweet. Then if I hit the Bookmarks menu by mistake, I don't get a beachball at all. :)



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: barretpj on Jan 30, '04 02:41:25PM

I get a slowdown the first time I pull down my bookmark bar menus. I put it down to using some obscure Unicode characters for which the OS presumably has to hunt for a suitable font before displaying them.



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: Russ R. on Jan 30, '04 11:30:04PM

No, I keep all my bookmark names short - 2 or 3 words only. It makes for neater menus. But, I still see the slowdown.

It may be the number of bookmarks kept in the menu. I have 20 folders full. I guess I should try moving some of them to the sidebar collection (or whatever you call that part).



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: 153957 on Jan 31, '04 04:49:16AM

It's true, I just tried it as well, just shortened a few, went amazingly faster, For sites having to do with Apple I always use: "?" and then something to tell me which site it is by either 1 letter or a symbol, very easy, and very short.... I can see ±15 bookmarks in the Bookmarks Bar with a normal window size

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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: 153957 on Jan 31, '04 04:51:01AM

By "?" I meant an Apple symbol: Shift+Alt(Option)+'k'

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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: Connie on Jan 31, '04 01:19:19PM

That is the neatest hint I have heard. I just tried it and love it!
Thanks



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Feb 01, '04 09:36:42AM

yeah, I try to always use characters to represent folders of bookmarks on the bar- you'd be surprised how many can fit up there. Edit>Special Characters or (if installed via International preferences) hit the flag in the menu bar and call up the Character Palette.



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: MJCube on Feb 01, '04 04:53:29PM

I have over 20 sub-folders in my Bookmarks menu. Some names are a bit long, but not many. I find it takes a long time (and a lot of disk reading) to draw the menu the first time after launching Safari, but after that it's not bad.



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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: Meems on Feb 02, '04 09:07:44PM

Yeah, I discovered this long before Safari. I first encountered the trick with OmniWeb in MacOS X 10.0

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Speed up Safari's Bookmarks menu
Authored by: nanya on Aug 16, '04 05:40:24AM

I had the pizza as well. What helped: To put the bookmarks into the bookmarks menu. (Before that I kept them in the left column under the bookmarks menu folder.)



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