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ABC - Safari Bookmarks

Safari doesn’t have a feature to alphabetize bookmarks or bookmark folders.

Never fear… with a few smart moves it can be done.

First, backup your current bookmarks.

  • Open Safari
  • Click the File menu and select Export Bookmarks…
  • Save your bookmarks.
  • If necessary, your bookmarks can be restored using the Import Bookmarks… command under the File menu

To alphabetize your bookmarks we need to get them out of Safari and onto the desktop.

  • Go to the Desktop.
  • Right click (or hold down the control key and click) and choose New Folder.
  • Name the folder “My Bookmarks” and leave it on the desktop.
  • Close all other Applications.
  • Open Safari
  • Click the Bookmark icon in the Bookmarks Bar.
Apple Safari Bookmarks Icon
  • On the left-hand side, the Bookmarks Sidebar slides open.
  • Click on Bookmarks Menu in the sidebar. This reveals your bookmarks and bookmark folders on the right-hand side.
  • Click on any one of your bookmarks or bookmark folders and press Command A to select all.
Apple Safari Bookmarks - Unsorted.
  • Now, drag everything selected onto the Desktop into the “My Bookmarks” folder.
Apple Safari - Drag n Drop Bookmarks

On the desktop, files and folders are automatically sorted alphabetically.

Next, we need to clean up Safari.

  • Open Safari.
  • Click the Bookmark icon in the Bookmarks Bar and the Bookmarks Sidebar slides open.
  • Click on Bookmarks Menu in the sidebar to reveal your bookmarks and bookmark folders.
  • Click on any of your original bookmarks or bookmark folders and press Command A to select all.
  • Hit Delete. This deletes your original bookmarks as you no longer need them.
Apple Safari Bookmarks - Delete

If you make a mistake don’t worry, just hit Command Z to undo your last action.

Finally, we need to bring your alphabetized bookmarks and bookmark folders back into Safari.

  • Go to the Desktop.
  • Open the “My Bookmarks” folder.
  • Select a bookmark or bookmarks folder. Press Command A to select all.
  • Drag these items into Safari and place them in the Bookmarks Menu.
  • Once again, if you make a mistake, press Command Z to undo you last action.
Apple Safari Bookmarks - Sorted

Congratulations. Your Safari bookmarks are now alphabetized.

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