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right-click on a tab folder in firefox and choosing "properties", the usual requester does not show anymore the second text-window to add text comments

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Right-clicking on a tab folder in Firefox and choosing "Properties", the usual requester does not show anymore the second text-window to add text comments; just and only the first/top text-strip where is possible to change the folder name. Everything worked fine until I rebooted my computer this afternoon. Check the attached screen-grab to better understand what I mean... (pretty annoying - an online search did not provided any useful result)

Waiting for your feedback/instructions...

Thanks,

Giorgio


p.s. It is a few minutes that I see the animated waiting image below "Uploaded images" but nothing happens. I'll post it anyway - hopefully you'll get my screen-grab anyway...

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The description field has only been removed from the user interface in the Bookmarks Manager (Library). For now this description field is still present in the places.sqlite database and you can export the bookmarks to an HTML file of a JSON backup to have a backup copy that includes the descriptions.

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Hi Giorgio, cor-el gave you the steps to export your bookmarks out to a web page you can view in Firefox or another browser for reference.

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If you use the Description field frequently, you could consider adopting a new program (or an add-on?) that will help you maintain your notes. I've tested one so far:

Zotero

Zotero is an open source bibliographic/research tool for collecting references. Zotero knows how to read a Firefox HTML bookmarks file and will preserve the descriptions. You can keep your storage purely local, or you can optionally sync with the Zotero cloud.

This is a one-way trip: you can send new references to Zotero from within Firefox using a Zotero add-on, but you won't be able to read/edit bookmark descriptions from within Firefox.

If you want to try it:

The Zotero research tool is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux from https://www.zotero.org/

When you import a bookmarks.html file, it creates entries for each page but it flattens the folder structure, so it comes out like this:

  • bookmarks.html, with top-level Bookmarks Menu items
    • Bookmarks Toolbar folder
    • Folder1
    • Folder2
    • Other Bookmarks folder

When you click a bookmark, Zotero displays the Title, URL, and "Abstract" which contains the imported Description. (Screenshot #1) Double-clicking the item will launch the page in the default browser.

Zotero also has an optional Firefox Connector webextension, which allow saving new pages to a Zotero collection (either under the bookmarks structure, or other folders the user created in Zotero). (Screenshot #2)

(I didn't look at cloud sync.)

Using a second program is less convenient than using Firefox features or a fully self-contained Firefox extension. However, it might suit your needs.

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I understand that's not your fault but any new change in FF is a step back in convenience of use and alter the way to work I used for years. Having the possibility to add/edit comments for both links and tabs/folders was one of the most practical and immediate way to keep notes related to those links. Having to use an external platform is not a solution; I know Zotero quite well but I'll not use it as a solution to this new inconvenient... Quite possibly this will trigger my final "adieu" to Firefox.

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I'm sure that there will be extensions that will use the other description field that is present in places.sqlite and that has been added for usage by Activity Stream (new Firefox Home page) once there is API support. The description field that was removed is part of the annotations and all annotations will be removed rather then rewriting all involved code to be asynchronous (i.e. run off the main thread).

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WebLogic said

I understand that's not your fault but any new change in FF is a step back in convenience of use and alter the way to work I used for years. Having the possibility to add/edit comments for both links and tabs/folders was one of the most practical and immediate way to keep notes related to those links.

To give further comments on the Descriptions issue, you can use one or more of the following (depending on whether you want a suggestion box or a discussion):