How do you visually tell to your user that a given link is a bookmarklet so it should not be clicked but just bookmarked?
Is there a proper and recognized icon to use to alert the user that a given link is a bookmarklet?

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    I've always seen bookmarklets explicitly explained in a paragraph before/around the bookmarklet link. Unlike links there's usually at most one bookmarklet on a page and they require explicit explanation. What's your situation where you think such elaboration is unwanted?
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 22:06
  • stackprinter.com in the homepage, I would like to keep it clean adding some visual tips that tell the user that the third link should be dragged and saved and not clicked. Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 4:32

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Make it look more like a button, show hand (drag) cursor when mouse is over. But you’ll need to add explanations anyway, because bookmarklet are not so common in the web.

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  • The dotted border makes it look like an area to drop something into rather than something you can drag. I feel Boxee's is better.
    – Dan
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 18:35

Maybe you don't have to elaborate too much in the home page. Just don't make the link the bookmarklet itself, but rather let a click on this link open a tiny popup that explains "bookmark this.. blah blah.." and gives the actual link to bookmark.

This also has the added advantage that you can give the first link a descriptive name like "Acme Bookmarklet", which you can't do with the actual bookmarklet link because that's the description the browser is going to give the button.

So, bait and switch, basically.

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