I really would like to use Chrome/Chromium, but what I am missing hardly is a bookmark panel, which is shown all the time, like in Firefox and in most other browsers. By "bookmark panel" I mean the tree that lists all bookmarks and that is displayed on the left side (what you get when you press CTRL + B in Firefox, Firefox calls it a "Sidebar").

I couldn't find a extension for that. Does some has an idea?


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Press Ctrl+B for the Chrome 5 (or Shift+Ctrl+B for Chrome 6).

And bookmark sidebar probably would not be added:

I don't think Google would consider that; part of Chrome's appeal is the minimalistic interface. Many users of other browsers have complained as to how bulky sidebars can be, so I doubt Google will add them.

But anyway, you could check a non-ideal way to make something sidebar-like.

  • That just opens the 'Bookmark Manager', but that is not a panel that is visible all the time.
    – tsauerwein
    Jun 7, 2010 at 10:48
  • In my Chrome 6 the panel is shown in all tabs, like in Firefox. Anyway, you could try clicking on the rightmost button in the toolbar (with a 'configure' icon) and select the "Always Show Bookmarks Bar" option.
    – Catherine
    Jun 7, 2010 at 14:32
  • Just discovered that it is Ctrl+B in Windows
    – Catherine
    Jun 7, 2010 at 14:33
  • Sorry, I guess my question was too vague. I actually mean the "Bookmark Sidebar" like in Firefox. And under Linux it is also Ctrl-B (at least for Chromium 5).
    – tsauerwein
    Jun 7, 2010 at 18:31
  • Updated answer.
    – Catherine
    Jun 7, 2010 at 19:31

Forget about the sidebar- if you want "firefox like" bookmark thing use the "live bookmarks" extension in chrome. i used to love firefox but its so buggy now its nearly useless...

Xmarks is also a very cool extension


I was looking for the exact same thing then came across CoolNovo which is based on Chrome and has a sidebar.

I just installed it, set up syncing with my Google account and it's syncing all my extensions and bookmarks right now. It basically seems the same as Chrome on first look which is great. I'm using the portable version at the moment to try it out. Check the screenshot for how the sidebar looks with Bookmarks.

It doesn't fix the problem in Chrome, but it's a good alternative so far.

(Click to enlarge)

  • Just an update, CoolNovo is dead and most likely CooWon would be best alternative. coowon.com
    – DRAX
    Jan 29, 2015 at 15:35
  • Open bookmark manager
  • (Use Open-as-Popup or similar extension if you want, to hide all toolbars and tabbar)
  • Tile windows or manually resize them to be side-by-side
  • Or you can alternatively make bookmark window on-top/transparent/easily brought up (with win+#/taskbar icon click in Win7 or something similar to gain focus of it)

If you want just some means to manage "sessions" of pages that should be easily accessible but not in the memory, you can use one of extensions that allow you to manage tabs in sidebar fashion (be sure to read detailed extension description)


Take look on TabsOutliner.

Not exactly a sidebar but it is solve this exact problem and actually solve it much better than a some sidebar.

In additional to give you overview of all your windows and tabs it is allow save them as links, "in place" (so, without losing the context)

See a screenshot (gray window and tab is saved): enter image description here

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