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If I upgrade Firefox, how can I transfer my settings to the new version?

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I stuck with Firefox 28.0 for as long as I could because all the constant fanciness, animations and second-guessing in the newer versions made them almost unusable for me (I have I'm finally, reluctantly, having to try the latest version of Firefox because so many sites no longer support 28.0.

What I'd like to do is to try the new version out alongside my existing one and see if I can cope with it, by using the Portable version of the latest version (the kind you can run off a USB stick), rather than replacing the old one with the new one and then having to put everything back again if I find I can't manage with it. I've used Portable versions of Firefox before and know it can be done.

But is there any way to copy my settings directly from the old version to the new version, without having to reset them all manually one by one? Not just bookmarks and website preferences, but things like privacy settings and the arrangement of the window - having a normal menu bar instead of a menu button, for instance - for which I can't now even remember how you do alter them. The Help pages give the impression that those aren't included in a Profile.

Thanks very much.

By the way, is this website always so patronising? I don't mean you, I mean the actual text of the website.