While Chrome has been rapidly gaining market share, there are still those who find certain features of the Firefox browser essential – some of which Chrome currently lacks. One of these features is a bookmarks sidebar. The most popular answer in the forum topic “Please add a Bookmarks Sidebar on Chrome’s left side. Thank You!” was the following comment: “I won’t switch until Chrome has a Bookmarks Side Bar. I have too many favorites to have them cluttered on the infinity bar.”
Google has implemented sidebar tabs in Chrome browser for Windows which is found in “about:flags”. This feature isn’t available for Mac and Linux versions of Chrome though. For more details, click here.
While currently there is no bookmarks sidebar feature for any version of Chrome, there is a workaround. You can use the “Recent History” extension that makes available your recent history by one click. Note, this is only a work around, what this extension will do is give you access to your recent history, not your bookmarks. Since your bookmarks are usually in your recent history you may find this extension a convenient way to access your most commonly visited web sites.
I have mixed feelings about sidebar features. They are best for larger screens because they take up more screen real-estate then tabs, which could be why it isn’t being offered in Chromebooks. While they take up more screen real-estate, but can be handy.
Do you find sidebar features essential for a browser?