Mat Newman June 19 2013 16:11:55As with IBM Lotus Notes 8, the Bookmark bar in IBM Notes 9 is 'hidden' by default, with the functionality available as the 'Open List' from the OPEN button on the new Notes 9 Masthead.
Figure 1: The OPEN button on the Masthead
Clicking the OPEN button will reveal the short-cuts available from the 'Open List'.
Figure 2: The Open List revealed
A quick reminder what 'Bookmarks' can do for the user in IBM Notes:
- Access anything easily
- Launch Tabs automatically on startup
- Create new documents
- Launch Notes applications
- Launch Other programs
- Launch Web sites
- Short cuts and Links
- Controls the Welcome screen
I've covered how to create bookmarks and what the special More Bookmarks\Create and More Bookmarks\Startup folders do in previous posts
Any bookmark placed in the Startup folder will automatically create a tab when Notes starts, while Bookmarks for blank Notes Forms placed in the Create folder provide New Document short-cuts on the 'New' Tool on the Universal Tool Bar.
As with Notes 8.*, right-clicking on the Open button provides the user with a menu that enables them to 'Dock the Open List'. With this option selected you will get the Bookmark bar back down the left hand side of your Notes 9 client window.
Figure 3: The Bookmark Bar in the IBM Notes 9 client
You will notice in IBM Notes 9 that the OneUI styling has been applied to the standard PIM icons (even the Notebook icon that didn't make it to the masthead) with softer grey shades, rather than the full colour icons from Notes 8.*.
One final note, selecting icons on the Bookmark Bar in Notes 9 is no longer as easy using the Alt+B keyboard short-cut that has been available for a few versions. Alt+B now activates the Bookmark Bar and one can then navigate the icons using the up and down arrows on the keyboard, rather than just hitting a corresponding icon/number. I guess someone thought that was easier.
Personally, I prefer my Open List docked, the one click accessibility of the Bookmark Bar is something that I've utilised since Notes 5. Even with the advent of the Masthead, I still find myself clicking on the bookmarks on the left of the screen, rather than using the Masthead icons.
Which do you prefer?