5 Excellent Firefox Extensions to Manage Your Bookmarks

Michael & Eric 31-03-2008

If you browse the internet on a regular basis (and which Make Use Of reader doesn’t?), it doesn’t take long to stack up a big list of website URL’s that you will want to check up on later. The default bookmarking feature in the Firefox browser only takes you so far, so let’s take a look at some ways to better organize your growing bookmark collection, whether it’s synchronizing with another computer or just accessing the links a little bit easier.


1. [Broken Link Removed] : The Add-on Multiple Computer Users Can’t Live Without

Foxmarks LogoDo you have multiple computers or multiple operating systems that use Firefox? If so, you need Foxmarks, a Firefox add-on that automatically synchronizes your bookmarks between multiple computers. It also allows you to access your bookmarks online. This is particularly useful if you often find yourself using public computers where you do not have administrative privileges to install anything. Foxmarks synchronizes your bookmarks by storing them on a remote server. With Foxmarks you no longer have to worry about backing up your bookmarks when reformatting or changing computers. If you are worried about security, there is an option to turn on encryption.

2. Speed Dial : See Thumbnail Views of Multiple Websites On One Page

Speed Dial Logo Do you have a favorite set of websites you check daily? Would you like to be able to see thumbnails of them at the same time? Want to access frequently visited sites using ‘Ctrl+1/2/3/4…’ shortcuts? Speed Dial does just that. You can specify how many thumbnails it should show, organize thumbnails into multiple groups (sort of like tabs) and choose whether you want a thumbnail to be opened in new a tab or window.

Speed Dial is full of options that allow you to customize each thumbnail to your specifications. It even lets you set how often the thumbnail reloads. Speed Dial also provides an import/export feature which allows you to easily setup Speed Dial on multiple computers.

Speed Dial Firefox Extension

3. Delicious Bookmarks : Integrate Account into Firefox Are you a user? This add-on is not the standard button that every member already has. This add-on gives easier access to your bookmarks by integrating them directly into Firefox. You can easily add your existing Firefox bookmarks to and keep all of your bookmarks organized with tags. Also allows you to search your tags from within Firefox.

Integrate into Firefox

4. GMarks: Integrate Google Bookmarks into Firefox


GMarksAre you an avid Google user? GMarks integrates your Google bookmarks right into the Firefox browser. GMarks allows easy migration to and from Google Bookmarks. Gmarks is completely separate from your existing Firefox bookmarks and does not remove or hide them.

5. Smart Bookmarks Bar: Helps Save Space On Your Bookmarks Tool Bar

Smart Bookmarks BarIs your bookmarks toolbar overcrowded? Smart Bookmarks Bar is an add-on that helps ease the clutter by reducing the space each bookmark takes up on the bar. It does this by only showing the icon for each website. If a website does not have a specific icon, you can set one using the Favicon Picker 2 add-on. By default, when you hover your mouse over an icon, the name of that bookmark is shown. There is also a preference that allows you to auto hide the tool bar allowing for even more browser space.



The following Firefox add-ons didn’t quite make our top 5 list, but we thought they were worth mentioning anyway:

To Read Later : This add-on allows you to temporarily bookmark a site so that you can read it later.

Bookmark Duplicate Detector : Like the name implies, this add-on will check for duplicate URLs when you add new bookmarks. (WARNING: be sure to back up all of your bookmarks before deleting anything!)

What do you use to keep your bookmarks organized? Let us know in the comments!


Related topics: Mozilla Firefox, Online Bookmarks.

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  1. Raghu
    September 8, 2009 at 6:24 am

    cool list thanks. To know more about bookmark add-ons visit ekoob

  2. Dtrud0h
    July 14, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I just wish someone would update "BookmarksHome" to the new firefox. Makes a locally stored attractive page from your bookmarks, organize anyway you like using folders.

  3. Alex Brooks
    April 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Very useful, I'm using smart bookmarks pro with favicon picker 2, both brilliant add-ons!

  4. ChrisTeen
    February 10, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I adore TidyFavorites. On the one hand, it's like a SpeedDial - a custom home page with live screenshots; on the other hand, it allows to sync bookmarks between all major browsers and has a portability option. Very convenient!

  5. Susie
    November 20, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Reyna - it's pretty easy to delete all of your firefox 3 favorites. Open up firefox, go to your bookmarks menu, and click on organize bookmarks. Click on the bookmarks icon on the left (underneath all bookmarks). This should show you all of your bookmarks and folders. Use ctrl+A to select all folders and files ... then push the delete key on your keyboard.

    I'm looking for a good alternative to foxmarks, as it takes up too much cpu on my old laptop causing it to overheat. Haven't found anything good yet.

  6. Devicepedia
    October 30, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Speed dial is cool! Thanks for sharing Thomas :)

  7. zap
    September 17, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    @Aibek: that will work with FF2 but not FF3. in FF3 the bookmarks are now stored in an sqlite file ... and they resist simple deletion.

  8. Reyna
    September 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but you guys all seem pretty knowledgeable about Firefox so I thought I'd give it a shot.

    I want to delete ALL of my bookmarks from Firefox AT ONCE.

    I can't find any valid information on this.

    I found tons of stuff on how to KEEP your bookmarks when what I want is to get rid of the damn things! lol. =/

    The few articles I've found that said anything about deleting them either told how to delete one at a time (DUH! -.-) or the techniques just plain didn't work.

    I even tried uninstalling and reinstalling and that didn't work either. The bookmarks came right back with the new install! (which I don't understand because other people complained that they lost all of theirs this way. Which is what I actually WANT and it won't do it for me. Maybe Firefox just hates me. I never have been very fond of it [and NO, I do NOT prefer IE, I HATE IE.], but everyone always makes such a huge deal about it like it's so fantastic, I thought I'd give it another chance and try the newer version. However, my bookmarks are so overcrowded with a bunch of outdated crap that I no longer want I can't find anything else.

    Anybody know a simple way (i.e. not overly technical as I am technologically-challenged) to resolve this? And please, someone who can explain it in English rather than computerese?


    • Aibek
      September 11, 2008 at 12:04 pm

      It's actually quite easy

      1. Open My Coputer Folder
      2. Go to C drive
      3. Documents and Settings
      4. Select your username (or Administration)
      5. Application Data (if you don't see it it measn you need to enable hidden folders)
      6. Then select Mozilla Firefox folder
      7. Delete the bookmarks.htm file (save a copy of it o the desktop, just in case)
      8. restart Firefox

  9. john
    April 14, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I may be missing something. But. What I want is better organization. Firefox bookmarks orgainzation as is sucks.

    1) The "Organize Bookmarks" section to remain unaffected by menu scroll-down. just like it is in Explorer.

    2) I want to be able to delete a bookmark without the menu snapping back up so I lose my place--you often see an obsolete bookmark while scrolling to another one, so deletion should not abort the scroll position. Again, this feature is in Explorer.

    3.) When I click "sort by name" I want ALL the bookmarks to be alphabetized. Now only some are and I cannot find a way to get ALL the books marks in the menu to "organize" by alphabet.

  10. Geoserv
    April 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Anything that helps organize the hundreds of bookmarks I hva ewill help.


    Added to TopStumbles:


  11. Alfred
    April 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Yep Diigo all the way. Best bookmarking/annotation tool online.

  12. Christine
    April 1, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I have fallen in LOVE with

    Easy to use and easy to bookmark.

  13. Robert
    April 1, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I like "google browser sync". ...suppose it works like forxmarks, maybe not as pretty online, but it syncs all my machines without having to sign up with a new service.

    • Mark O'Neill
      April 1, 2008 at 1:29 pm

      Google Browser Sync is awful and it gained the dubious honour of getting onto Mozilla's "Problematic Extensions" page - . Mozilla's recommendation? Uninstall.

      • Robert
        April 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm

        Ahh common, did you actually read the reason it's in the list ?

        " Causes excessive CPU usage in general or with GIF animations "
        " May cause notably increased disk usage (in gigabytes) by creating large log files. May cause periodic browser freezes. "

        I suppose your milage may vary depending on what kind of machine you have, but as long as you just sync your bookmarks (actually there's nothing to do, it's all transparent) and not sync your every click: cookies, tabs, windows, passwords, history, & whatnot (yup it does all this), i'm sure your good to go.

  14. Rob
    April 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Anyone know of a mirror for Speed Dial?

    • Aibek
      April 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm

      Why? I just checked the link, it works fine from my end.

  15. Sonny Gill
    April 1, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Love Foxmarks, works great.

    • Eric
      April 1, 2008 at 9:07 am

      I love Foxmarks too. It is really handy since I a desktop and laptop that each have two operating systems. Then I also use a computer lab a few times a week where it is helpful to have my bookmarks. So far, Foxmarks has been nothing but great.

  16. Nxqd3051990
    April 1, 2008 at 8:08 am

    I just need a Google Bookmarks' Bookmarklet :)

  17. DoneThat2
    April 1, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Just recently, I've uninstalled Foxmarks from 3 PCs (for the second time in the past 12 months). I'm not sure if my bookmark list is exceptionally large or what, but using Foxmarks as a sync/backup solution is painfully slow. It takes a really, really long time for Foxmarks to sync -- to the point where it seems Firefox is in hang mode. The Foxmark sync activity has the undesirable trait of of sucking 100% of the cpu resources while doing its thing, thus making it impossible to do anything else on the PC. I really wanted this extension to work (that's why I gave it a second chance) but it is either poorly written or the Foxmarks' servers are maxed out.

    Two Firefox bookmark extensions that I am very pleased with are "Enhanced Bookmark Search" and "Flat Bookmark Editing." Both are simple to use and I swear the EBS extension actually speeds up the opening of the Firefox built-in "Organize Bookmark" function.

  18. Billiard
    April 1, 2008 at 5:59 am

    I use the Girafa toolbar for the thumbnails, and they have additional features that help you manage all your favorite websites.

  19. Vivek
    April 1, 2008 at 3:27 am

    "To Read Later" deletes all temporary bookmarks once you close FF (or as much as I know, it does) - A better alternative is "Read it Later"

  20. ajay
    April 1, 2008 at 1:54 am

    i like the speed dial to get all my websites thumbnails

  21. As
    March 31, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I use Gmark - it's nice plugin!)

  22. Zia
    April 1, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Thanks for this.

    Two of your suggestions actually make it to my 3 critical extensions!

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  23. ajay
    March 31, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    speed dial is gr8
    this type of feacture is also there in ie7 i think so....
    but ie7 to slow as compar to firfox

  24. Thomas Gatewood
    March 31, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    FYI: 'To Read Later' is a different extension than 'Read It Later' (the one Mark reviewed).

  25. Michael
    March 31, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Thomas for pointing that out. It seems that they are two different add-ons. Take a look at both since they both solve the same problem (just 2 different ways).