A reader has an organizational question:

“Is there a way to alphabetize things such as bookmarks and similar files that appear to be random?  Thank you.”

It’s an interesting question because on a computer all of the data actually is pretty random. Your device just tosses bits and pieces of it wherever it fits on a drive. What we can adjust is how we view that data. We can usually have it displayed by date or title or size to make it easier for us to find.

Let’s look at bookmarks (sometimes called favorites) in your browser. Since you don’t say which browser you’re using, we’ll explore your organization options for the most popular one in use.

We’ll start with Chrome. Click the three-dot menu icon at the top right of your browser and choose Bookmarks from the drop-down menu.

Then select Bookmark manager.

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Next, select Bookmark manager.

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The Bookmarks manager will open.

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Click the three-dot menu icon at the top right.

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Choose Sort by name.

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Your bookmarks will now display in alphabetical order.

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Tomorrow, we’ll look at organizing Bookmarks in Microsoft’s two browsers, Internet Explorer and Edge.