A Complete Guide to Managing Firefox Bookmarks
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Many people claim that browser bookmarks have become obsolete with the advent of online bookmarking, social bookmarking, speed dials, and features like that. But bookmarks are still useful if you learn how to manage and organize them.

Today we’ll show you how to create, organize, and manage your bookmarks in Firefox so you don’t end up with a cluttered, chaotic collection.

Show the Bookmarks Bar

If you don’t see the Bookmarks bar in Firefox, that’s easy to fix.

Right-click on the toolbar and select Bookmarks Toolbar.

Show the Bookmarks Toolbar in Firefox

Add the Bookmarks Menu Button to the Toolbar

If you want quick access to bookmarking tools, add the Bookmarks Menu button to the toolbar.

Click the library icon, go to Bookmarks > Bookmarking Tools, and then select Add Bookmarks Menu to Toolbar.

Add Bookmarks Menu to the Toolbar in Firefox

The Bookmarks Menu icon (a star on a tray) button is displayed next to the library icon.

To remove the Bookmarks Menu button from the toolbar, go back to Bookmarks > Bookmarking Tools and select Remove Bookmarks Menu from Toolbar on the Bookmarking Tools menu.

Bookmarks Menu on Firefox toolbar

Add a Bookmark for a Web Page

To bookmark a web page, visit the web page and then click the star in the address bar.

Or you can press Ctrl + D.

The Bookmark this page star on the address bar in Firefox

If you don’t see the star on the address bar, click the Page actions menu (three horizontal dots) on the right side of the address bar.

Then, right-click on the Bookmark This Page option and select Add to Address Bar.

Add the star back to the address bar in Firefox

When you click the star, it turns blue and the New Bookmark dialog box pops up.

A default Name is assigned to the bookmark, but you can change it. This name is used for the bookmark in menus.

Select the Folder where you want to store the bookmark. If you want it displayed on the Bookmarks bar, select Bookmarks Toolbar.

Tags help you categorize your bookmarks Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags Tagging your Firefox bookmarks not only makes searching faster, but there are additional benefits to using them. Here are a few great reasons to try them, along with how to set them up. Read More to make them easier to find. Enter tags for the new bookmark in the Tags box, separated by commas. Use the down arrow button to the right of the Tags box to assign existing tags to the bookmark.

New Bookmark popup dialog box in Firefox

The new bookmark is added to the Bookmarks bar (if that’s where you chose to save it).

Clicking on a bookmark opens that web page on the current tab.

A bookmark on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

Bookmark All Open Tabs

Bookmarking all open tabs is useful if you need to close Firefox, but you want to preserve the web pages you have open. Or maybe you have a certain set of web pages you want to be able to open with one click.

Open all the web pages you want to bookmark on separate tabs. Then, right-click on any tab and select Bookmark All Tabs.

Bookmark all tabs in Firefox

In the Name box on the New Bookmarks dialog box, enter a name for the folder that will contain the bookmarks for all the open tabs.

Select the Folder where you want to store the new folder of bookmarks. Again, if you want the folder available on the Bookmarks bar, select Bookmarks Toolbar.

Then, click Add Bookmarks.

New Bookmarks dialog box in Firefox

To open all the bookmarks at once on separate tabs, click the folder and select Open All in Tabs.

All the web pages in the folder are opened on new tabs, preserving any tabs currently open.

Open all Bookmarks in tabs in Firefox

Rename and Edit a Bookmark

You can rename a bookmark and change its location and tags using the star icon on the address bar.

First, visit the bookmarked site. Then, click the blue star icon to open the Edit This Bookmark popup dialog box. This dialog box is just like the New Bookmark dialog box. You can change the Name, the Folder where the bookmark is stored, and the Tags assigned to the bookmark.

To change the URL for the bookmark, see the next section.

Click Done once you’ve made your changes.

Click Edit this bookmark (blue star icon) in Firefox

Add a Keyword to a Bookmark and Change a Bookmark’s URL

Keywords are abbreviations for bookmarks you can type into the address bar to quickly go the bookmarked web page.

To add a keyword to a bookmark, right-click on the bookmark and select Properties.

Get the Properties of a bookmark in Firefox

On the Properties dialog box, enter the keyword you want to use for the bookmark in the Keyword box.

You can also change the URL for the bookmark in the Location box.

Click Save.

Add a keyword to a bookmark in Firefox

To visit a bookmarked web page using a keyword, type the keyword into the address bar. Bookmarks that match the keyword display in a dropdown list below the address bar.

Click the URL for the page in the results.

Use a keyword to visit a bookmarked site in Firefox

Delete a Bookmark

You can delete a bookmark in two ways.

If you’re on the web page for the bookmark you want to delete, click the blue star on the address bar. Then, click Remove Bookmark.

No confirmation dialog box displays when deleting a bookmark.

Click Remove Bookmark on the Edit This Bookmark dialog box in Firefox

If you’re not on the web page for the bookmark you want to delete, you can right-click on the bookmark and select Delete.

Right-click on a bookmark in Firefox and select Delete

Delete Multiple Bookmarks at Once

The methods in the previous section allow you to delete one bookmark at a time. But you can also delete multiple bookmarks at once.

Press Ctrl + Shift + B to open the Library dialog box. Use Shift and Ctrl while clicking on the bookmarks you want to delete, just like selecting files in File Explorer.

Then, right-click on the selected bookmarks and click Delete.

No confirmation dialog box displays when deleting multiple bookmarks either.

Delete multiple bookmarks in Firefox

Organize Your Bookmarks

Bookmarks are only useful if you keep them organized. If your bookmarks are cluttered and chaotic, you won’t be able to find what you need when you need it.

You can use folders and tags to organize your bookmarks. If you don’t like dealing with folders and subfolders to organize your bookmarks, we’ve discussed how to use tags on your Firefox bookmarks Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags Tagging your Firefox bookmarks not only makes searching faster, but there are additional benefits to using them. Here are a few great reasons to try them, along with how to set them up. Read More .

For those of you who like using folders, we’ll show you how to organize your Firefox bookmarks here using folders.

Create a New Folder on the Bookmarks Bar

To add a new folder directly on the Bookmarks bar, right-click on the bar and select New Folder.

Create a new bookmarks folder on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

On the New Folder dialog box, enter a Name for the folder and click Add.

Firefox adds the folder on the right end of the Bookmarks bar, but you can drag it to any other location on the bar.

New Folder dialog box in Firefox

Move Bookmarks into Folders on the Bookmarks Bar

To add a bookmark to the new folder using the Bookmarks bar, drag the bookmark to the folder.

Drag a bookmark into a folder on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

Click the folder to open it and access the bookmarks in it.

You can also drag bookmarks around in folders to rearrange them.

Access bookmarks in a folder on the Bookmarks bar in Firefox

Use the Library Dialog Box to Create New Folders

If you prefer using the Library dialog box to manage your bookmarks, press Ctrl + Shift + B.

Right-click in an empty area in the right pane, select New Folder and enter a name for the folder.

Create a new folder on the Library dialog box in Firefox

Move Bookmarks into Folders on the Library Dialog Box

Drag bookmarks into the new folder. You can select multiple bookmarks using the Shift and Ctrl keys and drag them into the folder at one time.

Drag a bookmark into a folder on the Library dialog box in Firefox

View Your Bookmarks in Different Sorted Views

On the Library dialog box, you can temporarily view your bookmarks and folders in different sorted views.

Press Ctrl + Shift + B. Select the group of bookmarks and folders you want to sort under All Bookmarks. Or select a tag under Tags to sort all bookmarks with the same tag.

Then, go to Views > Sort and select a sorting method from the submenu. for example, Sort by Name.

Sort bookmarks by name on the Library dialog box in Firefox

You can only sort on one level of bookmarks and folders, whether it be the top level or inside a folder. Once you sort a different level, the previous level you sorted becomes unsorted.

For example, we sorted on the Bookmarks Toolbar. But if we go into a folder, like Tech Sites, and sort there, the Bookmarks Toolbar is no longer sorted.

The sorting feature only sorts bookmarks and folders on the Library dialog box. Bookmarks and folders on the Bookmarks Toolbar or the Bookmarks Menu are not affected.

Sorted bookmarks and folders on the Library dialog box in Firefox

Rearrange Your Bookmarks on the Library Dialog Box Manually

You can manually rearrange your bookmarks and folders on the Library dialog box.

Press Ctrl + Shift + B. Use the left pane to navigate to the Bookmarks Toolbar or the Bookmarks Menu, and then to the folder you want if you want to rearrange the bookmarks inside a folder.

Click and drag a bookmark in the right pane to another location in the list to move it. To move the bookmark into a subfolder, drag the bookmark on top of that subfolder.

When you sort your bookmarks manually, the sorted order is reflected on the Bookmarks Toolbar, the Bookmarks Menu, and on the sidebar.

Sort bookmarks manually on the Library dialog box in Firefox

Back Up and Restore Bookmarks in Firefox

The Library dialog box also allows you to back up your bookmarks and import and export bookmarks to and from other browsers.

The Backup option on the Import and Backup menu saves the JSON file Firefox uses to store the bookmarks. You can use the JSON file to Restore your bookmarks if you need to reinstall Firefox. Restoring bookmarks will replace all current bookmarks in Firefox.

The Import Bookmarks from HTML and Export Bookmarks to HTML options allow you to save your bookmarks in HTML format. You can open the exported HTML file in any browser and click the links to access your bookmarks. And you can use the exported HTML file to import your Firefox bookmarks into other browsers that may not support direct transfer of bookmarks.

You can import bookmarks from Edge, Chrome, and Internet Explorer using the Import Data from Another Browser option.

Import and backup bookmarks in Firefox

Organize Bookmarks in More Than Just Firefox

Browsers still pay attention to bookmarks. And you should too. A well-organized bookmarks folder saves you the bother of installing any third-party apps with doubtful futures. If you’re looking to sync bookmarks with other browsers, like Chrome and Edge, we’ve covered the best alternatives to Xmarks 5 Xmarks Alternatives to Sync Bookmarks 5 Xmarks Alternatives to Sync Bookmarks When you're switching between browsers and devices, do you wish you could sync your bookmarks? We'll show you how! Read More .

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  1. Kurt S
    October 19, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Very nicely done. As a long time FF user (from the days of Netscape in fact) there has been a need for a well written and well illustrated "hot to" for the browsers bookmarks. With the past couple of years of re-development of Firefox, specifically the GUI changes, this Guide comes at a time that every user should read (and bookmark!).

  2. owcraftsman
    October 18, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Lots of great advice and tips found here (bookmarked) thanks for sharing the only thing that would make handling lots of open tabs better, at least for me, is using Tree Style Tabs and TST Mouse Wheel. I put all my tabs to the left side of my browser and scroll through them with my mouse wheel when needed. I don't use any other browser because of those two extensions.