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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

managing firefox bookmarks

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

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 How To Keep Your Bookmarks Synced Across Computers With Firefox 4 How To Keep Your Bookmarks Synced Across Computers With Firefox 4 After a year since the last major version was released, Mozilla has launched Firefox 4 with the promise of a lighter and speedier browsing experience. The latest version of the Fox offers many improvements and... Read More .

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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 2 Add-ons You Can Use To Help Manage Favicons [Firefox] 2 Add-ons You Can Use To Help Manage Favicons [Firefox] It's awfully frustrating when you've got a website that you really love and would like to keep sitting in your bookmarks toolbar, but there's no favicon attached to the website that would set it apart... Read More . 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.

  1. dorreh
    March 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

    hope i'm not repeating someone else in here since i did not read all comments ...

    i prefer Firefox's bookmarks too but i wonder why it does not automatically sort the bookmarks in alphabetical order and we have to call the bookmarks organizer and do it ourselves manually as an ONLY option?

    besides, why can't it recognize duplicate entries such as folders of the same name? (IE does that finely!)

  2. Keith S
    April 26, 2013 at 4:20 am

    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!

  3. Julia
    April 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I like to run AM-DeadLink ( 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.

  4. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    April 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    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.

    • Nevzat A
      April 24, 2013 at 6:45 am

      hmm, I haven't thought this way, nice idea!

  5. Scott M
    April 23, 2013 at 10:51 am

    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.

  6. Nevzat A
    April 23, 2013 at 4:43 am

    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
      April 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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

    • Paul G
      April 23, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      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
        April 24, 2013 at 6:49 am

        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.

  7. anonymous
    April 23, 2013 at 2:17 am
  8. Gary Volk
    April 23, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I too only use the built in Firefox bookmarking. Does what I need.

    A few add-ons I use include:
    BookmarkMenuHider to hide some menu sections in the bookmarks, ie unsorted, bookmark this page etc.

    Edit Bookmark Plus, resizes the add/edit bookmark popup.

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