Remove the 'Other Bookmarks' Folder from Google Chrome

As I mentioned last week, I've recently made the move from Firefox to Chrome. I like Google's Web browser, if only because it seems faster and more stable than Mozilla's, but it's not perfect.

For example, it has a great built-in bookmark-syncing feature, but after syncing an older PC to my primary one, I discovered something most unwanted on my Bookmarks bar: a space-hogging folder called Other Bookmarks. This curious arrival displaced several of my frequently used bookmarks:

No problem, I figured. I'll just delete the folder. But after right-clicking it, I discovered that the Delete option was grayed out. Okay, then, I'll open up Chrome's Bookmark Manager and delete it from there. Nope, no soap, the folder couldn't be deleted. Nor could it be moved to a different location, one not occupying primary real estate in my Bookmarks bar.

Hey, Google, whatever happened to "don't be evil"?

After doing some digging, I learned that lots of other users have encountered this same hassle--for which there appears to be no remedy. Happily, I found one: if you delete every bookmark and sub-folder in the Other Bookmarks folder--in other words, empty it out--it will disappear from your Bookmarks bar. It did for me, anyway. Good riddance, evil folder I never wanted!

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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