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This is a short screencast to give you a quick overview of how Shortmarks will increase your speed on the web.

How to make Shortmarks your default search engine

Shortmarks works best when it's the default search engine in your web browser. Find your browser on this page and follow the instructions.

Add a site to Shortmarks

You can add sites to Shortmarks using the same URLs you'd use with Mozilla's keyword searches. Edit your bookmarks and type or paste the direct link and or search URL (putting a %s where the search phrase should go). These sites have more search URLs you can use:

To add search links, replace the search phrase in the URL of the search results page with %s. For example, to add DuckDuckGo to Shortmarks as a search engine, go to the site and perform a search. Searching for news results in the following URL in the address bar:

Replace news with %s to get, add that URL as the DuckDuckGo search link, add a keyword (ddg for example), title and direct link (, then save.

Now you can type the keyword (ddg) in your address bar to visit DuckDuckGo, and ddg followed by a search phrase (ddg weather) to go directly to the search results page.

Launch sites with a bookmarklet

The Shortmarks Bookmark Launcher bookmarklet: sbl

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Instead of using the address or search bar, you can use the bookmarklet. It works like the Shortmarks search field or searching from within your browser, with one major feature: The SBL lets you launch bookmarklets.

Another way to launch bookmarklets in Google Chrome is to add the code below as a search engine (in the URL field), then use the keyword in the address bar. For example, if you add the search engine with a keyword of "sl" (Shortmarks launcher), you'd run the "noi" bookmarklet by typing "sl noi" in the address bar.


Import your bookmarks

If you already use keyword shortcuts or custom search engines in your web browser, import them directly into Shortmarks by following these instructions.

Export your bookmarks

You can export all of your bookmarks for backups or to import them into another web browser by going to Tools and then selecting either the HTML or JSON formats. The HTML export format is widely recognized by web browsers and online bookmark managers, but it doesn't support certain features like a single keyword for direct links and searches. The JSON format should be used for backing up your bookmarks for safe keeping.

Link Bundles

Link bundles let you specify several bookmarks with one keyword. All link bundles are prefixed with an exclamation mark (!) and you can retrieve a list of all your link bundles by doing a search for ! in Shortmarks. Because of issues with pop-up blockers, launching a link bundle will take you to a landing page where you can see all of the sites in the bundle that will be opened. Hit any key or click the "Open all links" button to open new tabs (or windows, depending on your browser). You need to allow popups for the domain or else the browser will only open up two pages. In Google Chrome, for instance, add [*.] to the Allow list in Content settings > Popups.