X
Tap here to go to the mobile version of the site.

Support Forum

Firefox Awesome bar suggestions don't work, bookmarks won't add or delete (Fixed)

Posted

I encountered peculiar behaviour in Firefox (Macbook Pro / High Sierra). The Firefox Awesome bar (address/search bar) stopped showing suggestions. It did show some suggestions but only after typing 'http://'. After weeks of torment I discovered that the problem wasn't limited to the awesome bar itself – the history and bookmarks stopped working properly as well. History ceased displaying recently visited sites (only the ones I visited weeks ago) while I also could not add or delete bookmarks ('Bookmark this page' and 'Delete bookmark' functions didn't do a thing).

I tried many fixes, starting off by googling for solutions. I tried clearing cache, disabling search suggestions and enabling them again under Preferences, reinstalling Firefox, resetting PRAM, updating my OS. None of the above fixes worked.

I fixed all the problems by following this guide on repairing faulty bookmarks: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cant-add-change-or-save-bookmarks Removing the xulstore.json and places.sqlite files and restarting Firefox did the job, everything is working smoothly again. I'm sharing this in case there are others like me, who are searching for a fix to the awesome bar only and not to the bookmarks or history.

I encountered peculiar behaviour in Firefox (Macbook Pro / High Sierra). The Firefox Awesome bar (address/search bar) stopped showing suggestions. It did show some suggestions but only after typing 'http://'. After weeks of torment I discovered that the problem wasn't limited to the awesome bar itself – the history and bookmarks stopped working properly as well. History ceased displaying recently visited sites (only the ones I visited weeks ago) while I also could not add or delete bookmarks ('Bookmark this page' and 'Delete bookmark' functions didn't do a thing). I tried many fixes, starting off by googling for solutions. I tried clearing cache, disabling search suggestions and enabling them again under Preferences, reinstalling Firefox, resetting PRAM, updating my OS. None of the above fixes worked. I fixed all the problems by following this guide on repairing faulty bookmarks: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cant-add-change-or-save-bookmarks Removing the xulstore.json and places.sqlite files and restarting Firefox did the job, everything is working smoothly again. I'm sharing this in case there are others like me, who are searching for a fix to the awesome bar only and not to the bookmarks or history.

Modified by Mark S. Read

Quote

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

Shockwave Flash 32.0 r0 Adblock Plus

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.14; rv:67.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/67.0

More Information

jscher2000
  • Top 10 Contributor
8521 solutions 69622 answers

Helpful Reply

Hi Mark, did your Firefox ever display a banner showing the error described in the following article? If not, sorry about that, it should have shortened the time you needed to find a solution.

Fix "The bookmarks and history system will not be functional" error message

Hi Mark, did your Firefox ever display a banner showing the error described in the following article? If not, sorry about that, it should have shortened the time you needed to find a solution. [[Fix "The bookmarks and history system will not be functional" error message]]
Was this helpful to you? 1
Quote

Question owner

Hi Jefferson,

Thank you for your response. No, I didn't get any error messages, which made finding solution more difficult. But I was strong and remained faithful to Firefox!

Hi Jefferson, Thank you for your response. No, I didn't get any error messages, which made finding solution more difficult. But I was strong and remained faithful to Firefox!
Was this helpful to you?
Quote
Ask a question

You must log in to your account to reply to posts. Please start a new question, if you do not have an account yet.