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lost bookmarks after firefox reset default

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Hello, I received a pop up to advise Firefox was slow to load and I should go to trouble shooting and click on restore to default.I have done this but now I cannot get my bookmarks toolbars back.I have right clicked on the area and I only get most visited and getting started.I have enclosed a screen shot.I would appreciate any help please.

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Bookmarks are backed up approximately daily, not in "real time" as you browse, so the dates in the file names are the best indication of freshness.

If you are missing some crucial things, your old places.sqlite database -- which stores history and bookmarks together -- could be copied into your current profile, but this would roll history back to that last moment, which may not be what you want at this point.

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Sorry to hear about your bookmarks. You can't attach a screen shot to the original question, but if you post a reply in this thread (https://support.mozilla.org/questions/1014999), you can attach it.

If the problem is that the Bookmarks Toolbar is not displayed, you can redisplay it using any of these methods:

  • right-click a blank area of the tab bar
  • right-click the "+" button on the tab bar
  • tap the Alt key to display the classic menu bar: View menu > Toolbars
  • "3-bar" menu button > Customize > Show/Hide Toolbars
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Actually, on second reading, it sounds like your bookmarks might have been erased from the Bookmarks Toolbar. Could you check the Library dialog to see whether they have moved to the Bookmarks menu or to the Unsorted Bookmarks category? You can open the Library dialog using either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+b
  • Bookmarks toolbar button > Show All Bookmarks
  • (menu bar) Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks
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If your bookmarks can't be found with the above instructions;

  • Bookmark Backups

Open a new tab or window. type about:support in the address box and press enter. Or Press the Alt or F10 key to bring up the tool bar. Then Help > Troubleshooting Information.

Under the page logo on the left side you will see Application Basics. Under this find Profile Folder. To it’s right press the button Show Folder. This will open your file browser to the current Firefox profile. Now Close Firefox.

Enter the bookmarkbackups folder. This is where Firefox makes backups of your bookmarks. Look for the file you want to restore (check the time / date). Right click on that file and select Copy. Now go back to the parent folder where you started. Right click in the folder and select Paste. Rename the file bookmarks.html by adding .old to it. The file you just pasted here, rename it to bookmarks.html. After you are done, restart Firefox.

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When you reset Firefox then a new profile is created and some personal data (bookmarks, history, cookies, passwords, form data) is automatically imported and the current profile folder will be moved to the desktop to an "Old Firefox Data" folder. Installed extensions and other customizations (toolbars, prefs) that you have made are lost and need to be redone.

It is possible to recover data from the old profile, but be cautious not to copy corrupted files to avoid carrying over problems.


Make sure that toolbars like the "Bookmarks Toolbar" are visible.

  • "3-bar" Firefox menu button > Customize > Show/Hide Toolbars
  • View > Toolbars
    Tap the Alt key or press F10 to show the Menu Bar
  • Right-click empty toolbar area

Open the Customize window and set which toolbar items to display.

  • "3-bar" Firefox menu button > Customize
  • check that "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is on the Bookmarks Toolbar
  • if "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is not on the Bookmarks Toolbar then drag it back from the Customize palette into the Customize window to the Bookmarks Toolbar
  • if missing items are in the Customize palette then drag them back from the Customize window on the toolbar
  • if you do not see an item on a toolbar and in the Customize palette then click the "Restore Defaults" button to restore the default toolbar setup
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Hello,

Thank you for all the replies.I am not very experienced but the message said that if I restored I would not lose bookmarks etc.Now I had on the bookmarks toolbar my imported list and then to the right a number of folders which contained my current sites.

As I said I have right clicked on the area and I only get most visited and getting started.hopefully screen shot attached. to jscher2000 : I have enclosed copy of show all bookmarks,only shows the ones I have bookmarked since restore to default Firefox. to FredMcD  : I have got this far but do not know which is the file I need to restore my old bookmarks.Screen shot enclosed.' Enter the bookmarkbackups folder. This is where Firefox makes backups of your bookmarks. Look for the file you want to restore (check the time / date).' to Cor-el : I have attached screen copy of customise.

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Hi giln, since you have a variety of backup files, you could try a restore.

Are your new bookmarks something you want to save or are those duplicates of bookmarks you had before? If you're not sure and you want to save them, here is the "four step" process:

(1) Export current bookmarks to the HTML format. See: Export Firefox bookmarks to an HTML file to back up or transfer bookmarks. It's a good idea to open this in Firefox as a web page and skim through it to make sure it's complete before proceeding.

(2) Restore the latest JSON-format backup file. See: Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer (try the most recent date first; if that doesn't restore, try an earlier date).

(3) Re-import the file of your most recent bookmarks from step #1. See: Import Bookmarks from an HTML file.

(4) Re-organize the imported bookmarks into the proper location(s). See: Bookmarks in Firefox (skip down to "How do I organize my bookmarks?").

Does that work?

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Ooops, I just noticed your backups are in the Old Firefox Data folder on your desktop. When you use the Restore menu, you'll need to use "Choose File" to access that older bookmarkbackups folder.

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Hello, First of all jscher2000 I would like to thank you for the time you have taken to assist me.Also thanks to all others.Now I went through the process and have a set of my bookmarks on the toolbar again.I do have one final question ,I am not sure which file I should have restored.I tried a few dates and the one I have now seems closest to my last bookmark.Is there anyway to see which bookmark file was backed up just before the default reset of Firefox?

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الحل المُختار

Bookmarks are backed up approximately daily, not in "real time" as you browse, so the dates in the file names are the best indication of freshness.

If you are missing some crucial things, your old places.sqlite database -- which stores history and bookmarks together -- could be copied into your current profile, but this would roll history back to that last moment, which may not be what you want at this point.

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Hello jscher2000,

                                 Once again thankyou for all your assistance,great result.
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These add-ons can be a great help by backing up and restoring Firefox

FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) {web link} FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable .xpi files. It will also make backup of files that you choose.

OPIE {web link} Import/Export extension preferences

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hello FredMcD,

Thank you for that extra information.