I 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.