Extension Watch: Better Bookmarking in OpenOffice.org with VisibleBookmarks

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Nov 20, 2009 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Bookmarks can come in handy when working with long and complex documents, but the way this feature works in OpenOffice.org is not particularly intuitive. The bookmarks you add to the document are not visible, and you have to use the Navigator to view the bookmarks and jump to a bookmarked place in the document. The VisibleBookmarks extension offers a simple solution to the problem. Once installed, the extension adds a dedicated toolbar containing a couple of buttons. Press the Visible Bookmarks button, and the tool inserts a note for every bookmark in the document. The note contains the name and the text of the bookmark, which makes it easier to identify bookmarks in the document. As the name suggests, the Remove inserted notes button deletes all the notes (but leaves the bookmarks intact) once you're done. This simple solution is not necessarily the most elegant one, but it works. So if you find it difficult keeping tabs on your bookmarks, you may find VisibleBookmarks quite handy.

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