Still Using Folders to Organize Firefox Bookmarks? Try Tags

Sandy Writtenhouse 04-04-2016

The ability to use tags to easily search your bookmarks in Firefox Everything You Need to Know About Managing Your Firefox Bookmarks 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... Read More has been available for a couple of years, though many people still do not take advantage of the feature. Tagging your bookmarks not only makes searching faster, but there are additional benefits to using them.


Here are a few of great reasons to try tagging your bookmarks, along with how to set bookmark tags up and helpful tips for using them.


Three Reasons to Use Bookmark Tags

You may already have found a creative way to organize your bookmarks Creative Ways You Need to Try to Organize Your Bookmarks But, what really is the best way to save and organize bookmarks? Here are a few creative ways to do so, depending on your style and browser use. Read More , making them easy to find when you need them. However, there are still a few reasons why using tags can be not only handier and simpler, but will also let you find your bookmarks faster.

1. Quick Searching

By far, one of the most useful features of Firefox’s bookmark tags is that you can get to your saved pages faster. Any bookmark that you have tagged can be accessed by just typing the tag into the location bar.

Just type in your tag, or combination of tags, and the attached bookmarks will appear in the drop-down. This is the quickest way to get to the pages you saved for work, shopping, finance, or whatever. Plus, you can make this search work even faster.



If you do not want or need your history or open tabs to show up in the drop-down menu, you can adjust the Privacy setting to only show bookmarks. Just go to your menu and click ToolsOptionsPrivacy. Then deselect those options under Location Bar.


2. Bulk Deleting

If you use folders to organize your bookmarks, then the same goes for easy deletion of pages How To Restore Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks On Firefox & Chrome [Windows] Restoring accidentally deleted bookmarks is rather easy, both in Firefox and Chrome. While in Firefox it has become a built-in feature, in Chrome it still requires some folder digging. In either case, don’t despair. There... Read More . You can select a folder and delete it along with its contents. Bookmark tags work almost the same way, allowing you to get rid of a bunch of bookmarks at one time.


Just go to the tag in your Library to see all attached bookmarks. Select them all and hit the Delete key or right-click and select Delete. Keep in mind that deleting a tag will not eliminate the bookmarks, it will only remove the tag.


3. Clutter Removing

While many are used to organizing their bookmarks with folders and toolbars, there are others who do not like either method. If you do not want to have pull-out menu after pull-out menu with folders and subfolders full of pages, then tags are for you.

And, if you want your Firefox window to be free of toolbars containing folders and bookmarks, then tags are for you too. You can eliminate the clutter in your window and not even bother with using your menu to access your bookmarks if you use tags.



Adding Tags to New Bookmarks

For those who have never used the tagging feature in Firefox, this simple step when saving a bookmark will help you down the road. When saving a page by selecting Bookmarks and then Bookmark This Page from your menu options, you will see the Tags field in the pop-up box.

If you use the star icon in your toolbar to bookmark a page instead, just double-click it and the pop-up with the Tags option will display.



Then you can add one or more tags, separated by commas. As soon as a tag has been added, it will then display in a drop-down list in that pop-up so that you can reuse it with a click. You can choose to use just one tag or a combination, which is handy for bookmarks that fall into more than one category.

Adding Tags to Existing Bookmarks

Now that you know how to tag your new bookmarks, you can also go back and update your existing ones. While this can be a tedious task, depending on the number of bookmarks you have, it is certainly an option that will help you search for them later.

If you happen to be visiting one of your saved pages, you can access the pop-up as described above and just add your tag. You can also open your Library of bookmarks and take care of business there and in bulk. It’s easy to select more than one bookmark at a time and apply the appropriate tag or tags quickly.


While in your Library, you will also see a list of your tags and can copy, delete, or edit their names. By clicking each one, you can quickly view all bookmarks that use that tag. If a bookmark contains a combination, you will see it listed under both tags.


Four Tips for Using Tags

1. Check Your Tags

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2. Let It Become Habit

If you already search for a location or folder when saving a bookmark, then adding a tag will soon become habit just like that did.

3. Use the Search Feature

Again, the biggest advantage to using Firefox’s bookmark tags is to make your searching easier. Popping that tag into the location bar is by far, the quickest way to find what you are looking for, so use it.

4. Use a Tool for Tag Combinations

If you are caught between searching for tag combinations and liking a convenient button, then Bookmarks X Tags [No Longer Available], also called Bookmarks Tags Mix, is the add-on you need. This is the perfect tool for those who search tag combinations regularly. It allows you to configure one button for your toolbar that contains any number of tag combinations that you search often.

For example, instead of hopping up to the location bar and typing “travel, hotels, resorts, Hawaii, kids” to get all bookmarks for family-friendly hotels and resorts in Hawaii that you saved, you just click a button in your toolbar.


If you are only typing one tag into the location bar, then this add-on is not really necessary. It is mostly for those who use tag combinations often or when you need a specific set of bookmarks with multiple tags for a short time.

Are You a Die-Hard Tag User or New to This Method?

There is nothing wrong with organizing your bookmarks 5 Excellent Firefox Extensions to Manage Your Bookmarks Read More by category and using folders; it’s normally the preferred method. But, maybe that is because it is the obvious one. The biggest advantage to using Firefox bookmark tags is the ease of searching when you need a page you saved.

Are you a bookmark tag user that wouldn’t have it any other way? Or, would you prefer to stay away from tags and stick with your folders? Share your thoughts below – tags versus folders – what do you choose and why?

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  1. Frik du Toit
    February 27, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Sorry, but from my experience tags do not offer a real benefit over folders when you have many bookmarks, as I do. I have my bookmarks in folders structured according to categories e.g. 'computing->cloud->aws->vpc' with, let's say 20 bookmarks in this folder. I have them tagged, also by category and subcategories 'computing,cloud,aws,vpc'. Problem is that even when providing all these tags in the firefox address bar, it only displays about 10 or 12 of them - so half the time I don't see the bookmark I want; which means I have to either open the library and sift through tags to find what I'm looking for, or I have to provide more unique tags to individual pages, resulting in too many tags to remember anyway. At least, when drilling down the bookmarks folder structure (from the Bookmarks menu), once I reach my list of bookmarks, I have the ability to scroll through the list and find the desired page. So, all in all, I probably save time finding bookmarks using folders rather than tags.

  2. Matteo
    October 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you very much...this solved my problem of trying to find a way to locally use my Netvibes bookmarks while making use of the tags I've already assigned them. Perfect!

  3. Jim F.
    December 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the article. I do find tags useful but unfortunately, I do most of my Web browsing on mobile Firefox, where tags and most other bookmark management functions are either crippled or non-existent.

  4. Peter
    December 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Having used file folders since the days of the first Commodore business pc with a 20mb(!*!*) hard disk, you might think I'm well and truly fixed in the 'old school' rut - well only to a degree... I happily use tags on bookmarks, because they're easy to create/use and OK to manage - what's not to like/find useful?

    • BOBBY
      January 15, 2017 at 5:47 am

      When I save my precious bookmarks to .html where do all the beautiful tags, tags that I so meticulously made for months, disappear to!!???

      They're nowhere to be folders anywhere!!???

      All I end up with is a long, long list of disorganized bookmarks & not one single TAG FOLDER!

      None too happy about that.....

  5. Luis
    May 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Now that I'm 75 I'm convinced that the best bookmark/tag system is human memory, well at least the memory I had when I was 20.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      May 23, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Hi Luis,

      Thanks for your comment, it made me smile. I wish so badly I had the memory of my younger self, unfortunately, my memory aged with my body! LOL!

      Thank you again for your comment :-)

  6. John Miles
    April 5, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I work in the IT for over 27 years and I've learned to understand computer users very well.
    Most don't like the bothered with this kind of extra "maintenance" of tagging, because that's basically what it is, heck a lot of people can't even be bothered to design a proper folder structure on their hard drive and keeping it clean. In plain English; the hard drives of most people are just a major mess. The same can be said about their browser bookmarks.

    No, the majority of the users are way better off with Firefox's bookmark search feature; it doesn't require maintenance, it's super fast and in 99.99% of the case it will find what people are looking for.

    • John Miles
      April 5, 2016 at 3:39 am

      the bothered = to be bothered

      • suzette
        May 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        Don't you ever get tired of bagging users? If superior software twits ever got their heads out of their asses and created things that were USER FRIENDLY, then end users might actually have a chance 'to be bothered'.

    • John Miles
      April 5, 2016 at 3:39 am

      the bothered = to be bothered

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      April 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      Hi John,

      I really appreciate your comment and your statements: "...the hard drives of most people are just a major mess. The same can be said about their browser bookmarks." are so true! Most tech-savvy people that I know personally have a pretty well-organized structure. But, when trying to show members of my family (who are on the opposite side of "tech-savvy") how to get a little more organized with folders and such, it can be amazing to see what they have going on in there. To each his own I guess!

      Thanks for sharing :-)

  7. Turgunbek
    April 5, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Searching bookmarks through location is must have feature. I'd like to have it on Google Chrome.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      April 5, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Turgunbek,

      I'm with you on that. Sometimes I just want to save a page in a hurry, so popping in a tag instead of maneuvering to the folder I want it in, just saves time and lets me do a quick search later.

      Thank you for the comment!

  8. Anonymous
    April 4, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Bookmarks are funny. I have a ton of them but once they're in there I generally never see them again. Pages that I want to actually see again someday I just leave open in a tab. This is where tab grouping comes in handy.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      April 5, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Phil,

      I wish I didn't have so many actually. But, with what I do, I am always saving pages and sites for reference and whatnot. And, I do like to shop online, so there's that too :-)

      Thanks for commenting!

  9. Anonymous
    April 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks, but, no thanks. I prefer bookmarks. To go back and retrofit all my bookmarks with tags would be a royal PITA. I'd rather spend the time to surf the 'Net tahn to futz with tags.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      April 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Hey fcd76218,

      I hear ya, that's why I mentioned it would be a tedious task to go back and add tags to existing bookmarks. I started doing it moving forward instead of going backward and now whenever I have a few minutes, I'll add tags to older bookmarks - a little a time - to those that are important to me. But, I mostly do it for my new ones.

      Thanks for commenting!

  10. Anonymous
    April 4, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Regardless of browser, I keep my bookmarks in folders on the Bookmarks toolbar. This allows quick access regardless of the capabilities of the underlying browser. I've had the same bookmarks.html (now bookmarks.json, I suppose) since the mid-1990s, so I've had plenty of time to ensure that I have a workable scheme to organize everything. I don't think I've ever searched for a bookmark, once I've placed it in a relevant sub-folder.

    I also do all my bookmarking in Firefox/Palemoon and use third-party tools to propagate changes to other browsers and platforms, in large part because Chrome and Microsoft browsers have decidedly third-rate bookmark management, including lack of tag support.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      April 4, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Likefun,

      Thanks for your comment. I have always been a folder user myself. But, after reading a reader's comment about tags in Firefox, I decided to give it a go. I have to admit that I have become accustomed to using both now over time. Like you said, the other browsers don't support tags, so when I need to export, at least it is all organized. However, I do like using the search feature for tags in Firefox and since it's my main browser, I use it often.

      Which third-party tools do you like for syncing your bookmarks with other browsers?

      • Anonymous
        April 5, 2016 at 12:02 am

        @Sandy Stachowiak,

        I actually use Xmarks for that purpose. Ages ago, when my needs were simpler, I just had a script that used rsync to copy the file to or from a central server whenever it got changed, but nowadays I need to sync up mobile platforms that that don't actually allow users to easily change Bookmark data through external sources and definitely don't work with user scripting tools, so the $12/year Xmarks costs is worth it for me.

        • Sandy Writtenhouse
          April 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm

          Thanks for the tip Likefun, I've never tried Xmarks. If it works and it's worth it, then I'll have to look into it further.

          Thanks for sharing!