Everything You Need To Know About Managing Your Firefox Bookmarks

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managing firefox bookmarksI don’t know about you, but I still use browser bookmarks on a daily basis. There are people out there who claim that browser bookmarks have become obsolete with the advent of online bookmarking, social bookmarking, speed dials, and features like that. Well, that might be true and maybe I’m stuck in the past, but I still love my Firefox bookmarks.

If you’re like me, you don’t really need much more than the basic feature set of the native Firefox bookmarks. But like most things, prolonged use can result in clutter, chaos, and disorganization. Have your bookmarks become unkempt and hard to manage? Keep reading for some great tips and tools to help keep it all under control.

Managing Firefox Bookmarks

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First things first, let’s take a look at the native Firefox bookmarks system. It’s nothing spectacular but it’s an elegant balance between simplicity and complexity and I think it’s perfect, even for a power user like me. As long as you keep it organized (which isn’t too hard as long as you don’t toss your bookmarks in carelessly), it should do you well.

Adding Bookmarks

  • Visit the website you wish to bookmark.
  • Click Bookmarks on the bookmarks bar and select Bookmark This Page.
  • Alternatively, you can just press the Ctrl+D shortcut.
  • Name the bookmark and select the folder you want to place it in.
  • Click Done.

Removing Bookmarks

  • Click Bookmarks on the bookmarks bar.
  • Find the bookmark (or bookmark folder) that you wish to delete.
  • Right click on it and select Delete.
  • Note: If you accidentally delete a bookmark that you wanted to keep, check out Yaara’s article on restoring deleted bookmarks.

Organizing Bookmarks

  • Click Bookmarks on the bookmarks bar and select Show All Bookmarks.
  • Alternatively, you can just press the Shift+Ctrl+B shortcut.
  • From here, you can navigate all of your bookmarks and bookmark folders to delete them, rearrange them, rename them, or whatever else you’d like to do.
  • Use the Import and Backup menu to import and export bookmarks in HTML format. This is great for making backups of your bookmarks or transferring them to another computer.

Firefox Sync

Back in 2011 when Firefox 4 was released, the browser received a new feature called Sync. Firefox Sync lets you store some, or all, of your browser data (e.g., bookmarks, open tabs, history, etc.) on a cloud that synchronizes with other installations of Firefox. In order to synchronize, the other Firefox browsers need to know your sync code, so your data is safe and sound.

Interested? Do you want to learn more? Do you need instructional guidance on how to set it up? If so, check out Jeffry’s Firefox Sync writeup.

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Smartest Bookmarks Bar

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Smartest Bookmarks Bar is a Firefox addon that gives you some degree of control and flexibility over the presentation of your bookmarks. Do you see the bookmark bar at the top, right under the address bar? With Smartest Bookmarks Bar, you can change it up a bit to something more compact and presentable.

  • Hide bookmark names and only show their icons.
  • Hide bookmark folder names and only show their icons.
  • Align the bookmark bar icons to the left, center, or right.
  • Manually adjust the spacing between bookmarks to your liking.
  • Auto-hide the entire bookmarks bar for more browsing space.

Bookmark Deduplicator

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Bookmark Deduplicator is a simple Firefox addon that does exactly what its name implies – it automates the process of finding and removing multiple copies of the same bookmark. It’s extremely easy to use, too. Just click on Start and it’ll clean up your bookmarks right away.

As simple as it is, there are a few features that it could use. For example, it’d be great if it presented a list of all detected duplicates and allowed you to pick and choose which ones you wanted to remove. More control is always great. But this addon is still useful, so try it out!

Bookmark Favicon Changer

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Bookmark Favicon Changer is one tool out of many that aid in favicon management. My personal experience is that favicons can be ugly, buggy, or downright nonexistent. When you want to keep your bookmarks bar organized and beautiful, a stray favicon can be frustrating. Bookmark Favicon Changer really helps in that department.

With this addon, you can take any bookmark, right click on it, and either change the favicon to something of your choosing, reset it to its default favicon, remove the favicon completely, or export the favicon for use elsewhere. I don’t think there’s much else to be said. It’s a great tool so install it if improper favicons bother you.


For those of you that prefer regular Firefox bookmarks to the fancy alternatives like Listango or Miitla, then the above tips and tools should help you streamline your day-to-day bookmarking.

Do you know of any other addons or tips that can help with managing FireFox bookmarks? Please share them with us in the comments. My Firefox addon knowledge is, admittedly, pretty small so I’d be grateful to learn about what else is out there.

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Comments (11)
  • Keith S

    Yes, count me also as one who only uses the built in Firefox bookmarking because it is very efficient at doing what I need. But I do thank you Joel & M.U.O. for the information!

  • Julia

    I like to run AM-DeadLink (http://www.aignes.com/deadlink.htm) once in a while. It’s freeware and detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    I used to use Firefox’s built in bookmarks for all my bookmarking needs. Then one day I was in an internet cafe forgetting a site’s address, without access to my bookmarks. That’s pretty much the time I think I have to store my bookmarks somewhere else.
    Believe it or not, plain text file stored in Dropbox is actually pretty reliable. Nothing fancy, but as long as you annotate each URL, it should work.

  • Scott M

    I’m very happy with the way Firefox handle the bookmarks with its own program.Its a nice common sense system and just works well without any need to be fancy.

  • Nevzat A

    I’ve thousands of bookmarks. However I’ve lost some of them because of a sync problem (either Firefox’s sync or the cross-browser sync addon I used for a while caused this). My advice is check your bookmarks from time to time.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid

      Yeah. Now I keep my bookmarks separate from my browser.

    • Paul G

      Nezvat, did you try looking in the FireFox bookmarkbackups folder for a backep saved before the problem. For me on Win7 the folder is C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\\bookmarkbackups

      My bookmarking method – ^B (open sidebar), drag the favicon from the address bar to wherever I want it. I use LOTS of folders to segregate separate groups.

    • Nevzat A

      Well I had many backups before but it’s not easy to compare bookmarks and see which were added and which one’s deleted. Firefox should have a log or/and option to review changes before a sync operation to occur. Otherwise it’s very time consuming to track changes.

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