This post explains what a Boomarklet is and shows how to install, use, add a bookmarklet to Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer browsers on Windows 10/8/7.
What is a Bookmarklet
For instance, a bookmarklet can count the number of words on the web page, clean up the page to aid quick reading, translate a page, modify the appearance of the web page, query a search engine with search terms provided by previously selected text and more such.
Bookmarklets are different from extensions in the sense, they carry out specific tasks on the web page only after they are clicked on. While browser extensions and addons are browser-specific, bookmarklets are universal and work on all browsers.
Add a Bookmarklet to your browser
Bookmarklets work on most browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. They, however, do not work on the Edge browser currently.
Adding bookmarklets can surely enhance your browsing experience.
How to install a bookmarklet
Make sure that the browser’s Favorites Bar or Bookmarks Toolbar is enabled and showing.
Visit the website which is offering bookmarks for installation
Drag the bookmarklet from the web page to your Bookmarks Toolbar and drop it. It should appear on the Favorites or Bookmarks toolbar of the browser.
When you do this, your browser may ask you for confirmation. Click Yes.
How to use bookmarklets
Simply visit the webpage where you want your bookmarklet to work
Click the bookmarklet on your Bookmarks Toolbar
You will see the necessary action being carried out.
Where can I download bookmarklets
Some examples of Bookmarks are Readibility, Spritzlet, NYTClean, Bing Translator Bookmarklet, Bing Cloud Dictionary, Google Translation Browser Buttons, BugMeNot, Show Passwords, PrintWhatYouLike, GetLongURLs, etc. If you are looking for more, then Marklets.com is a good site where you can search for a lot of bookmarklets.
To make TheWindowsClub.com your home page, drag and drop this link – TWC – onto the Home icon in your browser. To add us to your Favorites Bar, just drag and drop that link on to the bar, instead.
Since bookmarklets run scripts, they can send information out. So it is imperative and important that you add bookmarklets from sources or websites you trust completely.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.