4 November 2004

Using Bookmarklets in Konqueror

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From Wikipedia entry on bookmarklets:

A bookmarklet is a small JavaScript program that can be stored as a URL within a bookmark in most popular web browsers, or within hyperlinks on a web page. Because Microsoft Internet Explorer uses the term favorites instead of bookmarks, bookmarklets are also less commonly called favelets.

Bookmarklets can be saved and used like normal web page bookmarks. Therefore, they are simple “one-click” tools that can add substantial functionality to the browser.

Bookmarklets work in most modern browsers like Mozilla, Opera or even Internet Explorer. Unfortunately, bookmarklets don’t work in KDE’s Konqueror. I heard somewhere that this is a deliberate decision by one of its authors because he considers this as a security hole.

How do we achieve bookmarklets in Konqueror? Fortunately there is one underadvertized features in Konqueror which is Minitools. Minitools can be considered as a separate bookmark for storing bookmarklets exclusively. Minitools is part of kdeaddons package. It provides an additional Minitools menu item under Tools. It also adds a Minitools button on the Extras toolbar.

To add a bookmarklet, go to Tools, Minitools and Edit Minitools. It will spawn a standard bookmark editor that you will be able to add bookmarklets into. To use a bookmarklet, go to Tools, Minitools and choose a bookmarklet you want to execute. Or if you have Extras toolbar active, you can just click the Minitools button and choose the bookmark to execute. Personally I cleaned my Extras toolbar from other buttons except for Minitools and put it alongside my standard bookmark toolbar.

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