Sometimes you might want the occasional functionality of an extension without the hassle of downloading one or having it constantly bogging down your browser when you’re not using it. Bookmarklets are a perfect solution, as they are secure, lightweight, and frankly, fun.
What Is a Bookmarklet?
Bookmarklets are extremely versatile in what they can do. Some can run a simple action on a page, like translating a web page, while others can handle more complex tasks by taking you directly from a live page on your blog to the back end in your content management system to edit it, for example. You have total control over them and can set them up to do exactly what you need them to do.
The Benefits of Bookmarklets
Extensions are also almost always running in the background as well, hogging your computer’s resources, whereas bookmarklets don’t do or use up anything until you run them. Bookmarklets are a dramatically less resource-intensive alternative to extensions. They’re also more secure than extensions, as there is no third-party access, just you.
We recommend using bookmarklets if you have a less-powerful computer and don’t mind the minimal manual work that goes into setting them up and running them.
Finding and Setting Up Bookmarklets
If you want to save one for a service like Pocket or Facebook, many already have them ready for you to use. All you’ll need to do is find the page with the bookmarklet and drag and drop it to your favorites/bookmark toolbar.