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Using The Bookbar Control Panel

The Bookbar Control Panel allows you to rearrange your Alert Bookmarks Toolbar by renaming, deleting, re-arranging, and password-protecting entire Bookmark Bars. From this window you can also Export bookbars in a format that other users can use, allowing you to share collected bookmarks with friends or business associates.

You can access the Panel in two ways:

  • Select 'Bookmark Control Panel' from the Main Menu...

  • ...Or click on the Bar Indicator with your left mouse button.

The Bookbar Control Panel initially appears as shown below:

  • To access another Bookmark Bar without rotating through bars, you can click on the name of that Bookmark Bar in the list.

  • To access the Control Panel's Tools, click the Tools Button as shown above. The Control Panel will expand as shown below:


Editing Bookmark Bars:

  • To create a new Bookmark Bar, click the 'New Bar' button. A new bar will be inserted at the currently selected position in the list of bars.

  • To Delete a Bookmark Bar, click the 'Delete Bar' button. The currently selected bar will be deleted.

  • To give a Bookmark Bar a different name, click the 'Rename Current Bar' button and enter the new name. When you're finished, click the 'Done' button and the new name will show in the list and on the red Bar Indicator.

  • To Change The Order Of Bookmark Bars, simply select the bar you want to move from the list of bars at left, then click the 'Up or Down Arrows to move that Bookmark Bar within the list.


Bookmark Bar Password Protection:

Click Here to learn about Password Protection.


Exporting & Importing Bookmark Bars In Other Formats:

1. Export As Alert Shared File:

    This version of Alert Bookmarks lets anyone share collected Web site addresses, email addresses, or other bookmarked resources with other Alert Bookmarks users. Exported Bookmark Bar files are saved with the .ABF extension. You can export as many bookmarks as you want in this version.

    To Export Bookmark Bars and their contents:

    • From the list of Bookmark Bars that appears in the Bookmark Control Panel, select the bars you wish to Export by highlighting them.

    • Select the the 'Export As Alert Shared File' radio button, then click the 'Import/Export' button.

    • A file window will appear that requests a file name.

    • You can also enter the name of the bars' author here, and an optional description. For example:

      This information will be shown to anyone who wants to Import your bars into their copy of Alert Bookmarks, allowing them to have several Exported Bookmarks in a folder that are easy to identify.

    • When you've entered a file name for your Exported bars, click the 'OK' button and the file will be saved with the Alert Bookmarks .ABF extension, ready email or otherwise share with another user.

 
2. Import From Alert Shared File:

    To Import an Alert Shared File and its contents:

    • From the list of Bookmark Bars that appears in the Bookmark Control Panel, select the bar you wish the Imported bars to be inserted above.

    • Select the the 'Import Alert Shared File' radio button and then click the 'Import/Export' button.

    • A file window will appear. Locate the file with the .ABF extension that you wish to Import.

    • Highlight the file name and click 'OK'. A window warning you that the current bar will be overwritten will appear. Click 'Yes' and the bars within the file will be Imported into Alert as new bars.

 
3. Import From Current Web Page:

  • When your browser is running with a Web page loaded into it, you can have Alert Bookmarks download the page and scan the links therein to import as bookmarks.

    Select this option, then click the 'Import/Export' button to begin the process.

    From the window that appears, you can choose to manually place bookmarks into the new Group Menus, or you can have Alert automatically distribute the new bookmarks through the menus as shown below:


5. Upload To The Web As HTML:

  • First select the bars you want to convert to a Web page, then select this option and click the 'Import/Export' button.

    The following Window will appear:

    Enter your FTP information: Server Domain Name, Port, User Name, and your Password. Next enter the folder (directory) on the remote server where the HTML file is to be uploaded to.

    Finally, enter the file name that the HTML file will have on the remote server. Now click 'Upload' to begin the process of converting your bookmarks to HTML, then uploading the resulting Web page.

 
5. Export As Text:

  • You can save the Bookmarks from one or more Bookmark Bars to a Text File by first selecting the bars you want to save (use [CTRL+CLICK] to select more than one bar at a time], selecting this option, then clicking the 'Import/Export' button.

    You can save your bookmarks in a comma-delimited ASCII file in the format:
     

        "URL","Title","Comment"

     
    ...or in a simple text format where each bookmark uses three lines:
       

        URL
        Title
        Comment

 
6. Import From Internet Explorer:

  • Select the 'Import From Internet Explorer' radio button and click the 'Import/Export' button.

  • A file window will appear. Internet Explorer bookmarks are stored on your hard drive in a series of folders and sub-folders in your FAVORITES Folder. To import your bookmarks into Alert, locate the Favorites Folder you wish to import from. Your Favorites Folder should be located either in your Windows Folder, or off of your \WINDOWS\PROFILES folder under the name you logged onto Windows with.

  • Once you've located your FAVORITES Folder, click 'Open' on the file window and wait while Alert imports your bookmarks into new Bookmark Bars.

 
7. Import From Netscape:

  • Select the 'Import From Netscape' radio button and click the 'Import/Export' button.

  • A file window will appear. If you have configured Netscape Communicator to handle multiple users, your bookmarks are stored on your hard drive in separate folder for each user (Communicator allows more than one user to save their preferences for running the program). To import your bookmarks into Alert, locate your Communicator's USERS folder. Highlight the BOOKMARK.HTM file there and press the 'Open' button. Alert imports your bookmarks into new Bookmark Bars.

  • [Note: If your Communicator is not configured for multiple users, your BOOMARK.HTM file should be in your "\COMMUNICATOR\PROGRAM\DEFAULTS" or your "\COMMUNICATOR\PROGRAM\" Folder.]

 
8. Import From Other Alert Bookmarks Folder:

  • Select the 'Import From Other Alert Folder' radio button and click the 'Import/Export' button.

  • Use the file window that appears to find the Alert Bookmarks data folder you wish to Import and click 'Okay'.

  • WARNING: All the bookmarks in your current version of Alert will be overwritten by the Imported bookmarks.

 
9. Export As HTML:

  • You can save the Bookmarks from one or more Bookmark Bars in a ready to use HTML File (Web page) by first selecting the bars you want to save (use [CTRL+CLICK] to select more than one bar at a time], then selecting the Export As HTML option:

    This option will save the entire contents of the Bookmark Bars you select in formatted HTML. You can choose to include your bookmark comments as descriptive text for each link, and even choose to save the HTML page in the current Alert Bookmarks color scheme.

 
10. Import From HTML:

  • Select the 'Import From HTML' radio button and click the 'Import/Export' button.

    Use the file window that appears to find the HTML file you wish to Import bookmarks from, then click 'Okay'. You can choose to Manually Import bookmarks so you can choose where they go in the Group Menus, or you can allow Alert to automatically fill new Bookbars with the imported Bookmarks.


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