Installing the bookmarklet extensions for Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox

Introduction

With the introduction of Microsoft Edge into the mix of browsers being rolled out at Universities, and with the limitation that Microsoft Edge places on support for javascript bookmarklets Talis have been reviewing the process of bookmarking and how we can work around these limitations. We have improvements planned in new list edit to incorporate the Quick Add functionality. Whilst we continue to work on those improvements we have created extensions that an individual user can download and install instead of using the traditional bookmarklet. Universities can also install into managed desktops.

The extension is now available for Microsoft Edge, Chrome and Firefox in their respective stores.

These extensions also aim to resolve the following issues:

Content Security Policy (CSP) - CSP is a computer security standard introduced to prevent cross-site scripting (XSS). This includes Javascript based bookmarklets.

Note we do not intend to replace the existing bookmarklet in Talis Aspire at this time.

Adding to Microsoft Edge

1. Follow this link to open the Talis extension in the Microsoft Store

2. Once you then need to click Get and then Install

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3. Then switch the extension 'On' and you will see the Talis logo appear.

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4. First time you go to use the extension you will need to select your university name and save

5. Now you can start bookmarking as normal, but instead of using a bookmark in your favourites you just click on the ‘Talis’ icon in your toolbar. If you have any questions or queries please raise as support ticket.

Adding to Chrome

1. Follow this link to open the Chrome extension

2. Click on 'Add to Chrome'

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3. Select ‘Add extension’

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You’ll now need to configure your extension to work with your reading list tenancy:

4. Right click on the Talis logo which is now visible in your toolbar

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5. Select ‘Options’ and select your university name and save

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Now you can start bookmarking as normal, but instead of using a bookmark in your favourites you just click on the ‘Talis’ icon in your toolbar. If you have any questions or queries please raise a support ticket.

You can add a keyboard shortcut to activate this extension by going to chrome://extensions/shortcuts, locating the Talis Aspire Reading List bookmarklet extension, and adding in your own custom keyboard shortcut.

Adding to Firefox

1. Follow this link to the Firefox Add-ons menu

2. Search for Talis Aspire

3. Click on 'Add to Firefox' and then

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4. Click on 'Add'

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5. Right click on the Talis icon that has now appeared in your bookmarks bar and choose 'Manage Extension'

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6. Select your institution from the drop down and click 'Save'

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Now you can start bookmarking as normal, but instead of using a bookmark in your favourites you just click on the ‘Talis’ icon in your toolbar. If you have any questions or queries please raise a support ticket.

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4 Comments

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    Andrew Manton-Maund

    This is great! I was wondering, is it possible to keybind the Talis icon so you don't need to click on it with a mouse? That would be really useful!

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    Rebecca Carruthers

    Hi Andrew,
    Google Chrome allows you to set keyboard shortcuts for your extensions by going to chrome://extensions/shortcuts and entering your own custom keyboard shortcut - I've added this information to this support article. Unfortunately the other web browsers don't currently offer this.

    Edited by Rebecca Carruthers
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    Graham Riley

    Hi, we manage Chrome extensions across our University PC estate via Group Policy and whilst we are able to add this extension I wanted to ask if there is any way to pre-populate the University so users don't have to select / save the University. For info, the below link gives an overview of adding Chrome extensions via GPO: https://dennisspan.com/deploying-google-chrome-extensions-using-group-policy/

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    Rebecca Carruthers

    Hi Graham, at this stage we're not aware of a way to have this setting pre-selected. If you attempt to use the extension without having set the institution, the browser is quite intelligent - it loads a popup telling you that you need to select your institution, then in the browser window loads the dropdown menu to select and save your institution.

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