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whre does Firefox keep the bookmarks on the pc so that i can find the sods?

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i want to know whre FF keeps links on the pc. I'm totally fed up with the stupid and impractical setup where I have to wade through a jungle of irrelventa junk to find the link i want - eventaully. With IE I put a shortcut to the Fafourites folder on antoehr drive so that i could access them, rename them, orangise them, FIND them. Where does FF hide the links? this is the second time i've had to type all this, your wonderful swebiste took me to a "sorry we can't dind that optuion" page and when i came Back i had to type it in all over again. so I'm not very happy with FF at the moment.

i want to know whre FF keeps links on the pc. I'm totally fed up with the stupid and impractical setup where I have to wade through a jungle of irrelventa junk to find the link i want - eventaully. With IE I put a shortcut to the Fafourites folder on antoehr drive so that i could access them, rename them, orangise them, FIND them. Where does FF hide the links? this is the second time i've had to type all this, your wonderful swebiste took me to a "sorry we can't dind that optuion" page and when i came Back i had to type it in all over again. so I'm not very happy with FF at the moment.

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Hi France, sorry to hear you have a lot of problems with Firefox.

I should mention that the easiest way to load a bookmark that is buried "somewhere" is to click in the address bar (or press a keyboard shortcut like Ctrl+L to move the cursor there), then start typing part of the title or URL of the bookmark. In the drop-down, Firefox displays the closest matching bookmarks, adding a star icon so they are distinguished from history results. You can press the down arrow key on the keyboard to select the one you want to load and press Enter.

You also can assign "keywords" to bookmarks. For example, this site is colloquially known as SuMo (for support.mozilla). You can right-click the bookmark on the menu/toolbar, choose Properties, then add that keyword. When you type sumo in the address bar and press Enter, Firefox will prioritize the keyword over other types of matches.

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Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

Real easy way if have Tool Bar Menu Open is to Click on Bookmarks Menu then Show All Bookmarks then Export As Html to wherever you want to save it. : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer

Bu if want your profile : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles

Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

Real easy way if have Tool Bar Menu Open is to Click on Bookmarks Menu then Show All Bookmarks then Export As Html to wherever you want to save it. : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer Bu if want your profile : https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

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Thanks for the tip, Pkshadow: I hadn't known I could do that.

But it doesn't really help - it opens up an HTML file *online* which lists the bookmarks by category in order taht they were added [and includes about half a screen each of boring sub-plot concerning what the link is about!].

I couldn't even find the link to this site's login page - which I needed because I usually add a cryptic password hint. Luckily I worked out the right one eventually.

And it was *online*, which isn't what I was looking for. Doesnt Firefox save links *to the computer*?

I've always used Internet Explorer before. It saves links to the C drive; I made it default to a folder on an external hard drive, so that even if the PC falls over, I can still get at old links on a new PC. And I can rename them to take out the overlong "Welcome to Joe Bloggs online store for all your DIY needs" to "DIY Joe Bloggs" which makes the right links a lot easier to find!

I can do something with FF: copy the link, open the Favourites folder, right-click, New, Shortcut, paste in the URL, then name it for what works best for me. It's a pain to have to go thorugh all that every time I want to save a link from FF; it'd be a lot easier if FF saved the links to my hard drive and I could find out where, and divert them to where I want them.

Also, I'm visually impaired, and have a non-standard screen resolution; I also have 24 font set as default. FF takes up that font, so when I click Bookmarks, I get only the first few letters of each link, which doesn't make it any easier to find the one I want!

Thanks for the tip, Pkshadow: I hadn't known I could do that. But it doesn't really help - it opens up an HTML file *online* which lists the bookmarks by category in order taht they were added [and includes about half a screen each of boring sub-plot concerning what the link is about!]. I couldn't even find the link to this site's login page - which I needed because I usually add a cryptic password hint. Luckily I worked out the right one eventually. And it was *online*, which isn't what I was looking for. Doesn''t Firefox save links *to the computer*? I've always used Internet Explorer before. It saves links to the C drive; I made it default to a folder on an external hard drive, so that even if the PC falls over, I can still get at old links on a new PC. And I can rename them to take out the overlong "Welcome to Joe Bloggs online store for all your DIY needs" to "DIY Joe Bloggs" which makes the right links a lot easier to find! I can do something with FF: copy the link, open the Favourites folder, right-click, New, Shortcut, paste in the URL, then name it for what works best for me. It's a pain to have to go thorugh all that every time I want to save a link from FF; it'd be a lot easier if FF saved the links to my hard drive and I could find out where, and divert them to where I want them. Also, I'm visually impaired, and have a non-standard screen resolution; I also have 24 font set as default. FF takes up that font, so when I click Bookmarks, I get only the first few letters of each link, which doesn't make it any easier to find the one I want!
jscher2000
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Firefox stores bookmarks in a database file named places.sqlite along with your history. So definitely not as individual shortcut files on the hard drive.

To get a wider view of bookmarks, consider trying the Bookmarks Sidebar. You can open that using either:

  • Ctrl+b
  • (menu bar) View > Sidebar > Bookmarks

You can drag the right edge of the sidebar to make it wider. Ctrl+b should close it when you're done, or use the little "x" at its upper right corner.

Another way to create a Windows-style URL shortcut is to drag and drop a link or bookmark onto your desktop or into a folder in an open Windows Explorer window. That should be faster than the method you mentioned, but still is an extra step.

Firefox stores bookmarks in a database file named '''places.sqlite''' along with your history. So definitely not as individual shortcut files on the hard drive. To get a wider view of bookmarks, consider trying the Bookmarks Sidebar. You can open that using either: * Ctrl+b * (menu bar) View > Sidebar > Bookmarks You can drag the right edge of the sidebar to make it wider. Ctrl+b should close it when you're done, or use the little "x" at its upper right corner. Another way to create a Windows-style URL shortcut is to drag and drop a link or bookmark onto your desktop or into a folder in an open Windows Explorer window. That should be faster than the method you mentioned, but still is an extra step.

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Sorry for the delay in responding, Ischer2000 - Firefox is sriously peeveing me in a number of directions and this is the first time I've been "allowed" to log in to answer your mesage. [Why the hell is Firefox blocking a Firefox help site?? different question which should be asked in its own thread]

I did what you said, and got the list up - actually I've hgad it up before, but only when I pressed the wrong button or clicked the wrong option. Not really any clearer, just longer. not any easier to find a particualr link.

Given the other FF probs I'm having, not much point my pursuing this question as I feel like taking a sledge-hammer to the whole damn thing.

But thanks for trying.

France

Sorry for the delay in responding, Ischer2000 - Firefox is sriously peeveing me in a number of directions and this is the first time I've been "allowed" to log in to answer your mesage. [Why the hell is Firefox blocking a Firefox help site?? different question which should be asked in its own thread] I did what you said, and got the list up - actually I've hgad it up before, but only when I pressed the wrong button or clicked the wrong option. Not really any clearer, just longer. not any easier to find a particualr link. Given the other FF probs I'm having, not much point my pursuing this question as I feel like taking a sledge-hammer to the whole damn thing. But thanks for trying. France
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Hi France, sorry to hear you have a lot of problems with Firefox.

I should mention that the easiest way to load a bookmark that is buried "somewhere" is to click in the address bar (or press a keyboard shortcut like Ctrl+L to move the cursor there), then start typing part of the title or URL of the bookmark. In the drop-down, Firefox displays the closest matching bookmarks, adding a star icon so they are distinguished from history results. You can press the down arrow key on the keyboard to select the one you want to load and press Enter.

You also can assign "keywords" to bookmarks. For example, this site is colloquially known as SuMo (for support.mozilla). You can right-click the bookmark on the menu/toolbar, choose Properties, then add that keyword. When you type sumo in the address bar and press Enter, Firefox will prioritize the keyword over other types of matches.

Hi France, sorry to hear you have a lot of problems with Firefox. I should mention that the easiest way to load a bookmark that is buried "somewhere" is to click in the address bar (or press a keyboard shortcut like Ctrl+L to move the cursor there), then start typing part of the title or URL of the bookmark. In the drop-down, Firefox displays the closest matching bookmarks, adding a star icon so they are distinguished from history results. You can press the down arrow key on the keyboard to select the one you want to load and press Enter. You also can assign "keywords" to bookmarks. For example, this site is colloquially known as SuMo (for support.mozilla). You can right-click the bookmark on the menu/toolbar, choose Properties, then add that keyword. When you type ''sumo'' in the address bar and press Enter, Firefox will prioritize the keyword over other types of matches.

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Again I had to go to the links I'd saved to my in-pc "faves" folder to find my login name - I know I tagged that, and "FF" and "Mozilla" on the bookmark, but ...

This pc is really exceeding all previous levels of stupidity, which is why I'm getting a new pc tomorrow - and I'll load Internet Explorer on to it - i tried that [repeatedly] on this one but it got "canecelled" - but not by me! So, fingers crossed, I won't be using Firefox any more. I'm sure it's a great browser - when set up properly on a properly-set-up pc - but it's been nothing but a pain .

But thank you very much for your time, effort, and patience: I really do appreciate it.

Again I had to go to the links I'd saved to my in-pc "faves" folder to find my login name - I know I tagged that, and "FF" and "Mozilla" on the bookmark, but ... This pc is really exceeding all previous levels of stupidity, which is why I'm getting a new pc tomorrow - and I'll load Internet Explorer on to it - i tried that [repeatedly] on this one but it got "canecelled" - but not by me! So, fingers crossed, I won't be using Firefox any more. I'm sure it's a great browser - when set up properly on a properly-set-up pc - but it's been nothing but a pain . But thank you very much for your time, effort, and patience: I really do appreciate it.
jscher2000
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Windows already includes the latest compatible version of Internet Explorer, so you probably just need to create a shortcut for it on your desktop or Taskbar, as you prefer. If you are getting Windows 10, there's also a new browser from Microsoft called Edge. That one probably will be already set up as the default browser.

Windows already includes the latest compatible version of Internet Explorer, so you probably just need to create a shortcut for it on your desktop or Taskbar, as you prefer. If you are getting Windows 10, there's also a new browser from Microsoft called Edge. That one probably will be already set up as the default browser.