How to Turn Horse Browser Into Your Ultimate Productivity System

Apr 22, 2024 09:06 AM
How to Turn Horse Browser Into Your Ultimate Productivity System
Posted by Elly on 22nd April 2024.
In this post, we will be sharing how to transform Horse Browser into your own productivity system. A new, innovative web browser, Horse Browser, was designed to help you keep track of your internet research, as well as enabling you to achieve a new productive life online.
In our last post, you learnt all about Horse Browser’s unique navigation method, Trails, and how it can help you with research and deep-diving online. But the good stuff doesn’t end there.
Horse Browser also has some top-notch organisation features. Here you’ll learn how to create your own personal productivity system using Horse Browser.

How to Create the Ultimate Productivity System Using Horse Browser

➤ 1. Group Trails by subject or task

The first step to creating your productivity system is to group Trails and pages by task or subject area. This helps eliminate context-switching and makes your sidebar extra streamlined.
Here’s how to group your pages and Trails:
Mouse users:
  • Simply drag-and-drop your Trails and pages to where you need them
Keyboard users:
  • + + arrow keys on Mac
  • Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys on Windows / Linux

➤ 2. Name your Trails by project or task

To quickly access the information you need, give names to your pages and Trails that help you identify your research, tasks and projects at a glance. Here’s how to name your pages and Trails.
Mouse users:
Select the ‘set name’ option in Menu or under ••• next to the page or Trail
Keyboard users:
  • + + L on Mac
  • Shift + Ctrl + L on Windows / Linux

➤ 3. Categorise your Trails with custom icons

Now you’ve named your pages and Trails, you can go on to categorise them with custom icons. This feature allows you to create your own coding system by adding certain emojis and icons for different areas of your life. For example, you might want to add a computer screen icon to all your work Trails.
Here’s how to add custom icons:
  • Click on the blank square next to your page or Trail, and select your preferred emoji. You can also remove the icon in the same way.
  • Alternatively, right-click or click on ••• on the relevant page or Trail and select Set Icon.

➤ 4. Use SideTrails and SubTrails to create personal workflows

There is tons of flexibility to create your own personal workflow using Horse Browser’s SideTrails and SubTrails. In Horse Browser, the Trailhead is the parent Trail and its ‘Child’ SubTrails are nested underneath. SideTrails exist underneath the Trailhead but aren’t nested. Think of them as separate-but-connected lines of enquiry or tasks.
To create a workflow system, drag out pages to start new SideTrails of research. Group your tasks into a Subtrail. Horse Browser gives you endless flexibility to create the most productive workflow according to your needs. Read more about Sidetrails and Subtrails here.

➤ 5. Convert your Trails into a to-do list

To take your productivity system to the next level, you can convert Trails into your own to-do list. Here’s how:
  • First up, drag-and-drop your pages by priority, making your Trail into a list of tasks. For example, you might drag the page for a drafted blog post to the top of the list, followed by an online google sheet to fill in etc, etc.
  • Add reminders by writing in dates to your page names so you know which day you will be tackling each task. You can also add your custom emojis to categorise your tasks.
  • Finally, check off tasks by deleting pages as you complete them. It's so satisfying! **
** Remember, you can re-open a page you just closed by visiting the Menu. Or hitting ⌘ T on Mac or + Ctrl + T on Windows.


In this post, we’ve shared some of the ways you can use Horse Browser to create your own personal productivity system. Using your browser as your productivity system is a novel idea but it makes perfect sense as so many of our daily tasks are based there.
By implementing these strategies, your online workflow will be always available and instantly tweakable, whenever you open Horse Browser. With Horse Browser’s Trails feature, there’ll be no more out of the sight, out of mind, so you won’t forget your tasks.
Read our next post to dive a little deeper on the topic and learn how to use Areas, Notes and Projects in your Trails.

All posts in this series:
  1. How to Use Horse Browser's Trails
  1. How to Turn Horse Browser Into Your Ultimate Productivity System
  1. How to use Areas, Projects and Notes in Horse Browser
  1. How to Close and Update Horse Browser, plus How to Save Your Trails