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In the last upgrade, only FEW (8) of my speed dial entries were kept, how can I regain them?

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I know that these aren't COMPLETELY gone, because I downgraded (*twice*. The 2nd time I quarantined Firefox with no internet access so it couldn't possibly update). After downgrading and loading Firefox, I can see all my FORTY speed dials. This manner of use is how Firefox is useful to ME.

In place of MY speed dial choices are instead a bunch of links that I can get literally ANYWHERE. I really don't need my internet browser to advise me WHERE to spend MY time.

Please explain how, after allowing Firefox to update, I can retrieve AT THE MINIMUM, the list of them and the URL's even to be able to re-add them manually.

I completely understand the need to keep browsers and technology up to date, but the manner of RUDE destruction of tools I use when accessing the internet was completely avoidable.

Currently, my mind set is, that if not for MY speed dials, in the places I choose for them, I will just uninstall Firefox completely. Why bother having it if I'm always going to be forced into Firefox's choices. I just as well go back to Internet Explorer!

I WAS using the speed dial from "http://speeddial.uworks.net/", which, I understand, is an ADD ON and not directly supported. However, I do think Firefox support should be able to tell me how to export and import.

I know that these aren't COMPLETELY gone, because I downgraded (*twice*. The 2nd time I quarantined Firefox with no internet access so it couldn't possibly update). After downgrading and loading Firefox, I can see all my FORTY speed dials. This manner of use is how Firefox is useful to ME. In place of MY speed dial choices are instead a bunch of links that I can get literally ANYWHERE. I really don't need my internet browser to advise me WHERE to spend MY time. Please explain how, after allowing Firefox to update, I can retrieve AT THE MINIMUM, the list of them and the URL's even to be able to re-add them manually. I completely understand the need to keep browsers and technology up to date, but the manner of RUDE destruction of tools I use when accessing the internet was completely avoidable. Currently, my mind set is, that if not for MY speed dials, in the places I choose for them, I will just uninstall Firefox completely. Why bother having it if I'm always going to be forced into Firefox's choices. I just as well go back to Internet Explorer! I WAS using the speed dial from "http://speeddial.uworks.net/", which, I understand, is an ADD ON and not directly supported. However, I do think Firefox support should be able to tell me how to export and import.

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Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

Hi, actually no we can not, unless you run into a Volunteer that uses it. You could have bookmarked your entries : http://speeddial.uworks.net/tipstricks.html

If you're facing any problems or have any suggestions, feel free to contact me. http://speeddial.uworks.net/contact.html

Hi, actually no we can not, unless you run into a Volunteer that uses it. You could have bookmarked your entries : http://speeddial.uworks.net/tipstricks.html If you're facing any problems or have any suggestions, feel free to contact me. http://speeddial.uworks.net/contact.html
Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

Current version is 62 Help --> About Wait till get to WIn10 and a new OS every 6 months, it uninstalls programs it does not like.

Support speed dials : https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=SPeed%20Dail

Current version is 62 Help --> About Wait till get to WIn10 and a new OS every 6 months, it uninstalls programs it does not like. Support speed dials : https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=SPeed%20Dail

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Pkshadow said

Hi, actually no we can not, unless you run into a Volunteer that uses it. You could have bookmarked your entries : http://speeddial.uworks.net/tipstricks.html If you're facing any problems or have any suggestions, feel free to contact me. http://speeddial.uworks.net/contact.html

LOL but there you go, you HAVE helped. When you mentioned 'bookmarked your entries' then I looked to see how many thousand bookmarks I have, and TADA! There they all are, neatly bookmarked FOR ME by speeddial.uworks.net AND there are SEVERAL export functions.

So Thank You!!! TONS of GRATITUDE!

''Pkshadow [[#answer-1151237|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi, actually no we can not, unless you run into a Volunteer that uses it. You could have bookmarked your entries : http://speeddial.uworks.net/tipstricks.html If you're facing any problems or have any suggestions, feel free to contact me. http://speeddial.uworks.net/contact.html </blockquote> LOL but there you go, you HAVE helped. When you mentioned 'bookmarked your entries' then I looked to see how many thousand bookmarks I have, and TADA! There they all are, neatly bookmarked FOR ME by speeddial.uworks.net AND there are SEVERAL export functions. So Thank You!!! TONS of GRATITUDE!

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Oh, and PS, in the tipstricks, there's no mention of the export ability.

Oh, and PS, in the tipstricks, there's no mention of the export ability.

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Pkshadow said

Current version is 62 Help --> About Wait till get to WIn10 and a new OS every 6 months, it uninstalls programs it does not like. Support speed dials : https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=SPeed%20Dail
) I have a couple W10 computers...so FAR, it just keeps adding cortana back SIGH
''Pkshadow [[#answer-1151240|said]]'' <blockquote> Current version is 62 Help --> About Wait till get to WIn10 and a new OS every 6 months, it uninstalls programs it does not like. Support speed dials : https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/search/?platform=windows&q=SPeed%20Dail </blockquote> :) I have a couple W10 computers...so FAR, it just keeps adding cortana back SIGH

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OK, got them ALL back. The long and short of how I did it is:

Downgraded firefox (to about version 55), but before running, set my antivirus to DISALLOW it from accessing the web.

Thanks to PKSHADOW, I looked in my bookmarks and I could still see MY dials. Further investigation, (not mentioned in the documentation) revealed the ability to export speed dials (export the DIALS, not the settings).

Set my antivirus back to ALLOW Firefox to access the web. On starting, it gives the notification that it is woefully out of date, and asks to download new, which I agreed to and actually did get a real download file I could see, and place as desired. On running this, there was an OPTION to keep or delete old add-ons etc. I chose to keep them.

On restarting after the upgrade, The add-ons were listed, with the older out of date ones under 'Legacy Extensions'. (See screencap). SOME of my speed dials were there and the Group Speed Dial 10.4 by Juraj Mäsiar had the options to IMPORT my old ones. Yayy!!

BUT, I'd really liked to have not lost over an hour to make that happen. Had Firefox given a simple notice or countdown to 'the deadline for ESR support is ending in x-days', it might have taken a great deal less time.

Thank you AGAIN Pkshadow and I'll keep Firefox for awhile now :D

OK, got them ALL back. The long and short of how I did it is: Downgraded firefox (to about version 55), but before running, set my antivirus to DISALLOW it from accessing the web. Thanks to PKSHADOW, I looked in my bookmarks and I could still see MY dials. Further investigation, (not mentioned in the documentation) revealed the ability to export speed dials (export the DIALS, not the settings). Set my antivirus back to ALLOW Firefox to access the web. On starting, it gives the notification that it is woefully out of date, and asks to download new, which I agreed to and actually did get a real download file I could see, and place as desired. On running this, there was an OPTION to keep or delete old add-ons etc. I chose to keep them. On restarting after the upgrade, The add-ons were listed, with the older out of date ones under 'Legacy Extensions'. (See screencap). SOME of my speed dials were there and the Group Speed Dial 10.4 by Juraj Mäsiar had the options to IMPORT my old ones. Yayy!! BUT, I'd really liked to have not lost over an hour to make that happen. Had Firefox given a simple notice or countdown to 'the deadline for ESR support is ending in x-days', it might have taken a great deal less time. Thank you AGAIN Pkshadow and I'll keep Firefox for awhile now :D
Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

Hi, glad something came out of digging around there :

Always :


I have had my bookmarks since 95 or before. Email them to yourself, stick on in every partion or H/drive.


Hi, glad something came out of digging around there : Always : *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles ----- I have had my bookmarks since 95 or before. Email them to yourself, stick on in every partion or H/drive. -----
Shadow110 1072 solutions 14836 answers

If you go back at least go back to a more useful one : https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/

If you go back at least go back to a more useful one : https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/

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Pkshadow said

Hi, glad something came out of digging around there : Always :

I have had my bookmarks since 95 or before. Email them to yourself, stick on in every partion or H/drive.


) for regular BOOKMARKS, I've kept mine for a long long time also.
''Pkshadow [[#answer-1151304|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi, glad something came out of digging around there : Always : *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles ----- I have had my bookmarks since 95 or before. Email them to yourself, stick on in every partion or H/drive. ----- </blockquote> :) for regular BOOKMARKS, I've kept mine for a long long time also.

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Pkshadow said

If you go back at least go back to a more useful one : https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/

Well, I didn't go back intending to stay there...just long enough to pick up at least a list of speed dials so I could recreate them.

Hmm I bet if time travel were invented, data retrieval would be the biggest use of it!

''Pkshadow [[#answer-1151305|said]]'' <blockquote> If you go back at least go back to a more useful one : https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/ </blockquote> Well, I didn't go back intending to stay there...just long enough to pick up at least a list of speed dials so I could recreate them. Hmm I bet if time travel were invented, data retrieval would be the biggest use of it!

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AngryUserAboutToBeEXUSER said

Pkshadow said
Hi, actually no we can not, unless you run into a Volunteer that uses it. You could have bookmarked your entries : http://speeddial.uworks.net/tipstricks.html If you're facing any problems or have any suggestions, feel free to contact me. http://speeddial.uworks.net/contact.html

LOL but there you go, you HAVE helped. When you mentioned 'bookmarked your entries' then I looked to see how many thousand bookmarks I have, and TADA! There they all are, neatly bookmarked FOR ME by speeddial.uworks.net AND there are SEVERAL export functions.

So Thank You!!! TONS of GRATITUDE!

Darnit! I accidently chose the wrong thing as the solution :(

''AngryUserAboutToBeEXUSER [[#answer-1151250|said]]'' <blockquote> ''Pkshadow [[#answer-1151237|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi, actually no we can not, unless you run into a Volunteer that uses it. You could have bookmarked your entries : http://speeddial.uworks.net/tipstricks.html If you're facing any problems or have any suggestions, feel free to contact me. http://speeddial.uworks.net/contact.html </blockquote> LOL but there you go, you HAVE helped. When you mentioned 'bookmarked your entries' then I looked to see how many thousand bookmarks I have, and TADA! There they all are, neatly bookmarked FOR ME by speeddial.uworks.net AND there are SEVERAL export functions. So Thank You!!! TONS of GRATITUDE! </blockquote> Darnit! I accidently chose the wrong thing as the solution :(