Advanced Options

Refresh Data

A useful option for the Diigo toolbar is “Refresh Toolbar Data”. Just click the Diigo icon on the toolbar and “Refresh Toolbar Data”. This will update all the information in the toolbar's sidebar as well as the current page’s bookmark status. If you find that things you have collect are not showing up in the sidebar, use this option.

Hide Annotations

Another useful option is the ability to hide certain annotations on the page. There is a full and flexible system for hiding unwanted annotations from view. Commonly, you will want to hide annotations from people you don’t know on a certain page. Some pages are commonly annotated and therefore fairly crowded with public highlights and sticky notes. Click the Diigo icon on the toolbar to access the annotation display options. To hide public annotations on the current page choose “Hide some annotations...” and choose “Hide public annotations on this page”. The menu item below this option allows you to more fully control what kinds of annotations will display.

Bookmark Import

You can import your browser’s bookmarks into your Diigo library with the Diigo toolbar. Just click the Diigo icon and choose “Import Bookmarks...” Then you can choose any or all of your Firefox bookmarks to import to your Diigo library.

Quick Access Filters

Quick access filters let you add categories of bookmarks to the toolbar, just like the “Recent” and “Unread” folders. Just click “Add a filter” on the toolbar. You can choose to show bookmarks with certain tags, or bookmarks from one of your lists. If you want to see bookmarks with specific tags that are also “unread” just enter the tags in the dialog, then check “Unread” below the tag entry box.

Toolbar Appearance

Click the Diigo icon and choose “Toolbar Options...” A dialog will open. The first tab on the dialog is “Toolbar and Menus”. Here you can specify what shows up in the toolbar and how it looks. To use a recommended toolbar layout, click the drop-down menu at the bottom left corner of the window and choose one of the suggested settings.

Default Options

The second tab on the dialog is “Bookmark and Highlight”. This area contains options for specifying the default behavior of the toolbar.

From this tab, you can choose whether or not to:

  • Save all bookmarks as private by default.
  • Save a bookmark as unread when you bookmark a page using the one-click method (clicking the bookmark icon rather than the text “Bookmark”).
  • Add a specific tag to all one-click bookmarks. (I often choose a tag to remind me to deal with the bookmark later, such as “review”.) 
  • Save bookmarks in other places in addition to your Diigo library. (You can set Diigo to store your bookmarks as local bookmarks in your browser as well as posting them to your Delicious account.)
You can also choose the default appearance of highlighted text.


From the third tab of the dialog, you can choose to enable hot-keys (keyboard shortcuts) to perform tasks with the Diigo toolbar. You can also enable/disable the save icon that appears when you move your cursor over images.