How to add a bookmark in Sierra Safari

I’ve been super-frustrated trying to use ⌘-D to add bookmarks ever since I installed Sierra. The browser only wants to add my bookmarks to existing folders. I, on the other hand, want my bookmarks to go to the main list until I have time to weed and sort them.

This morning, I finally found out how to save bookmarks to the Bookmarks list in Sierra:

  1. Hover your mouse over the left side of the URL bar (aka the smart search field). A circled ⊕ appears.
  2. Do not click it. If you do, you’ll just add the page to the reading list. Instead, click-and-hold until a contextual menu appears.
  3. Now move the cursor down to “Bookmarks” and click there.


Yeah, it’s a lot stupider than just typing ⌘-D, but at least it works the way you expect. If bookmarks and ⌘-D are working right for you, please let me know. I can’t think of anything I might have done to mess up Safari but at least it will be a data point to help.


  • Wow thanks.
    Plus now it adds to the top? 🙁

    • I’m not a fan of the “add to top” either!

  • In step 2, you can also right click to see the contextual menu.

  • That’s the behavior since El Capitan (I do not have Sierra because Apple chose to obsolete my 2009 Mac Pro, a quite capable machine with 2 quad cores, 24 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD but that’s another topic).

    I always preferred the previous behavior where clicking the circle did add the bookmark to the last bookmark folder I had explicitly chosen with the pop up menu of the circle. This was very useful because typically when browsing/researching I’m going to gather a couple of related bookmarks which should go into the same folder. Having to go through the (long!) pop up menu each time is tedious.