Make Your Browser Bookmarks Bar Only Display Site Icons

Firefox and Chrome users can set their bookmarks on the bookmarks bar to display only the website icon and no text. This gives you room for more sites.

If you use the bookmarks bar on Google Chrome or Firefox, sometimes space is at a minimum. When you bookmark a site, it includes the site’s icon and the text description about the site. That is shortened when the icon is added to the bookmarks bar, but not completely.

Make Browser Show Website Icons Only

That leads you to click the arrow icon on the right for a dropdown of the rest of them. You can edit the text for the bookmark to something shorter or make it display the icon only.


Edit Icons on Chrome Bookmarks Bar

If you use bookmarks in Chrome, chances are you have a lot of them saved already. To edit them or only display the site icon, right-click it and then select Edit.

Edit Bookmarks

Then, you can type in whatever you want in the Name field. Changing it to something shorter than the entire name and definition of the site allows for more room on the bar. Or, if you just want the icon, delete the field entirely.

edit bookmark

If you want to make sure the bookmark is edited or only the icon from the get-go, click the bookmark this page (star icon) in the address field and give it whatever name you want or delete it entirely.

edit Name

Bookmarks for Firefox

You can do the same thing with Firefox too. Just right-click the bookmark icon and select Properties. Then under the Name field, clear out the Name field and click Save.


Here’s an example of several bookmarks that are only displaying the site icons. The other thing I like to do with Firefox is stick separators between each one.

firefox icons only

Displaying only the icon works for well-known sites like YouTube, Google, and Facebook, but for some sites, you’ll want at least some initials or a brief description so you can tell them apart.

When you make only the site icons display on the bookmarks bar, it gives you a lot more space to display several more at a time.



  1. Matt Dickinson

    This is nice. I’d like it to just show a list of some favorites — even a very long list — on the new tab page, or something like that.

    I wish bookmarks were handled better in Chrome. I still like the way IE has them as little 1 KB shortcut files. You can zip them into your own folder instead of dealing with a massive HTML file (when exported).

    Opera is confusing though (not sure about FF) — as it has options for “Stash” and “Bookmarks Bar” and “Speed Dial” all from the the similar button in Chrome that you press to bookmark something next to the address bar. But these are stored away in their own .js files, I think.

  2. Bo Bodragon

    (This comment relates just to Chrome). Some websites don’t have an associated icon. In this case, just a small, empty black rectangle with the upper right-hand corner folded over is displayed in its place. Not very satisfactory when you have several of these on the Bookmarks Bar. Is there any way to add an icon manually? I know this is easily achieved in IE but for Chrome ??

  3. Freddie

    I have the same question…how do you create an icon for a website that has no icon?

  4. Matt Dickinson

    Just use Magic Marker on your screen for the problem spots.

  5. Jim

    My version of Google Chrome browser eliminates the site’s icon when I change the Name. It turns into a white page. I checked the link and it is the same, just the name has changed. Any idea why?

  6. Antho

    It seems to me that Chrome in this feature has taken a step backwards. It’s odd that in IE I can make my icons smaller with a mouse click…yet in the more up to date better Chrome…I have to go into each bookmark individually and change them…That seems like a lot of work…when a simple piece of code could just make them smaller.

  7. Tim Jones

    This is why Chrome is stupid.

  8. Aaron

    Four years on, and I don’t know if there’re changes to the bookmarking behaviour, or just my laptop, but Chrome does NOT show the site icons (just simple page icon) on the bookmark bar; it only shows them in Bookmark manager.

    This sort of UI logic is bewildering.

  9. vaportext

    ‘Icon Only Bookmarks’ is an extension for Chrome that you can use to toggle titles on or off.

    • Steve Krause

      Great tip – we will check that out.


  10. Bob Fallona

    Doesn’t work for FFox 91. I right clicked on my bm in my toolbar – removed the name field & all I got was a globe. Yet “some” of my BM in my toolbar show it like your example. All I can guess is I have to go to every single BM one at a time.

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