Create internet bookmarks as browser-independent files on your desktop with HTMtied


Ever wished you could manage your bookmarks on your desktop as files rather than within any particular browser you may be using? Ever wish you could have these bookmarks be browser independent, rather than associated with specific browsers, and that you could organize these within a browser independent folder structure?

If so, then HTMtied is for you. This free software can create browser independent bookmarks from URLs captured in the clipboard, and can also convert URL files from Internet Explorer and Firefox to the same.

How it works:

  • Place the HTMtied executable in an appropriate folder of your choosing (and/or create a shortcut for quick access to it). Next, copy a site URL into the clipboard (Ctrl+C), run HTMtied, then paste (Ctrl+V) into your desktop. A bookmark file will magically appear.
  • To convert an existing bookmark (from IE or Firefox), right click copy on the bookmark, run HTMtied, then past.

Wish list (or how this software can be even better):

  • Mass conversion: say, via dragging and dropping IE or Firefox bookmarks to the HTMtied executable.

The verdict: this is simply brilliant. Bookmarks equals information, and you should be able to manage your information anywhere (such as your notes app, your mind mapping software, or even your desktop folders). HTMtied makes this possible. It also makes possible the liberation of bookmarks so that they can be synced in the cloud with a service like Dropbox, and accessing them on a device.

Kudos to the developers for a great implementation of such a simple yet brilliant idea. )I am surprised I hadn’t seen something like this earlier_.

[Thanks go to reader Panzer for letting me know about this one]

Version tested: 1.0 (Build

Compatibility: Windows 7/Vista/XP (32 & 64 bit).

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx. 26K).

  • Someone

    How is this any quicker/easier than

    1) Select URL in address-bar

    2) Drag’n’drop to folder-of-choice

    3) Right-click and ‘Open with’ application-of-choice

    • Samer

      @ Someone: it does it a little differently, to give you completely independent bookmarks.

      In IE for example if you do the drag and drop, your resulting bookmark will always point to IE, no matter what the default browser is.
      But you’re right, the method you outlined works just fine too.

      Which is why I think that these guys should implement drag and drop conversion of bookmarks en masse, it would make this much more of a must have tool.

  • Frode

    I’ve been using Firefox only for many years. (Switched lately to Pale Moon, which is faster and supports Ff addons.) However, I often save bookmarks/internet shortcuts in various folders depending on content for quick access.

    It’s easy with the excellent “deskCut” addon.

    deskCut let’s you choose (via context menu):
    – where to put the shortcut,
    – how to name it
    – overwrite, date stamp, numbering etc,
    – alert or quiet.

    @samer: Appreciate your website. Been using it for several years. As far as I know it’s the best unbiased freeware site out there. Have given me lots of valuable freeware info and -ideas through the years. When you review and choose between similar programs, I also agree with you approximately 96,78% of the time;). “FreewareGenius” is a name that suits you well. Thank You!