Sublime Text Bookmarks

July 22, 2012 by Gabe | [mmd] |

This is another installment of my series on using Sublime Text for writing. It applies to coding too, but I'm going to examine the functionality from the perspective of a writer.1

Bookmarks in Sublime Text are similar to Markers in BBEdit. They are as the name implies, marks that refer to specific text in a document. BBEdit Markers are more advanced since they can be titled and browsed as a list. However, Sublime Text 2 provides a sufficiently powerful system that's it is worth trying out.

While I am writing, I may decide to revisit some text later. I know I'm not happy with the current material but I don't want to get bogged down in editing when I could be writing. Bookmarks are a way to mark the text and move on.

To create a bookmark, I select the text and choose "Toggle bookmark" from the "Goto" menu.

A caret is added along the left margin of the line.

I continue to write or edit until I want another bookmark. I then repeat the process with the new selection. When I am done, the document will have several markers along the left margin indicating the lines that contain bookmarks.

When I want to review, I have a couple of options. I can use the "Next Bookmark" command to jump between marks or use the "Select All Bookmarks" to see every piece of text I marked at once.

To remove a bookmark, just select the text and toggle the bookmark again. There is also an option to clear all bookmarks.

While Sublime bookmarks are not as powerful as BBEdit markers, they are a nice option in an incredibly powerful text editor. I use the bookmarks while I write and while I edit and I am happy that they are there. Debating between using BBEdit and Sublime Text is a great position to be in.


Bookmarks are available in the default installation of Sublime Text 2. They are configured to use the F2 key. I changed mine to use the F3 key instead. If you want to use the F-keys, make sure you change or turn-off the OS X keyboard shortcuts that are using them.

The bookmarks only persist for the current session. As soon as the document is closed, the bookmarks go away.

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  1. Well, at least from the perspective of a charlatan pretending to be a writer. That's all I have experience with. 

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