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I want to delete all my bookmarks, including any locations where Firefox may store backups of my existing bookmarks so that I can start again. My current file is FUBAR in the extremis and can't be fixed.

Preferably I would like an addon that will ask me "Delete all your BMs ?" and then just go do it.

IF (heaven forbid) you think I need to crawl around in Explorer to find specific files and delete them, can you PLEASE tell me where they are.

And, if you need (as someone did earlier on another forum) that I do things like access Firefox profile, Can you please tell me how to do that.

Just to maybe help a wee bit - all my add ons and downloads are up to ate as regards updates and are all the latest issue.

When I install, I NEVER change the defaults for folder locations.

Sorry to be feeble.

Thanks

Okay - I want to delete all my bookmarks, including any locations where Firefox may store backups of my existing bookmarks so that I can start again. My current file is FUBAR in the extremis and can't be fixed. Preferably I would like an addon that will ask me "Delete all your BMs ?" and then just go do it. IF (heaven forbid) you think I need to crawl around in Explorer to find specific files and delete them, can you PLEASE tell me where they are. And, if you need (as someone did earlier on another forum) that I do things like access Firefox profile, Can you please tell me how to do that. Just to maybe help a wee bit - all my add ons and downloads are up to ate as regards updates and are all the latest issue. When I install, I NEVER change the defaults for folder locations. Sorry to be feeble. Thanks
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TyDraniu
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Just enter about:profiles, the rest will be pretty straightforward.

Just enter ''about:profiles'', the rest will be pretty straightforward.
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Thi word "straightforward must have a different meaning where you live. I found it, but what do I delete ?

Thi word "straightforward must have a different meaning where you live. I found it, but what do I delete ?
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cor-el
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You can delete places.sqlite (bookmarks and history) and the automatically created backups in the bookmarkbackups folder (compressed .jsonlz4 JSON backups) with Firefox closed to start with fresh bookmarks. Note that you lose the history when you remove places.sqlite. See also:

You can use the button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the about:profiles page.

You can delete places.sqlite (bookmarks and history) and the automatically created backups in the bookmarkbackups folder (compressed .jsonlz4 JSON backups) with Firefox closed to start with fresh bookmarks. Note that you lose the history when you remove places.sqlite. See also: *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile You can use the button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the <b>about:profiles</b> page. *Help -> Troubleshooting Information -> Profile Directory:<br>Windows: Show Folder; Linux: Open Directory; Mac: Show in Finder *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox
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jscher2000
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Maybe you already tried this method, but just in case: you should be able to delete your Firefox bookmarks from the Library window. Here's how:

(A) Launch the Library window using either:

  • Ctrl+Shift+b
  • "Show All Bookmarks"

Firefox should open a new window listing the contents of the "Other Bookmarks" category.

(B) Select everything listed on the right side using either

  • Ctrl+a
  • single-left-click the first item then press Shift+End to select to the bottom of the list

and then delete using either

  • the Delete key on the keyboard
  • right-click > Delete

The bookmarks should all vanish.

(C) In the left column, click Bookmarks Menu, then repeat the steps under B

(D) In the left column, click Bookmarks Toolbar, then repeat the steps under B

That should get rid of them.


Note: That doesn't remove backups.

Maybe you already tried this method, but just in case: you should be able to delete your Firefox bookmarks from the Library window. Here's how: (A) Launch the Library window using either: * Ctrl+Shift+b * "Show All Bookmarks" Firefox should open a new window listing the contents of the "Other Bookmarks" category. (B) Select everything listed on the right side using either * Ctrl+a * single-left-click the first item then press Shift+End to select to the bottom of the list and then delete using either * the Delete key on the keyboard * right-click > Delete The bookmarks should all vanish. (C) In the left column, click Bookmarks Menu, then repeat the steps under B (D) In the left column, click Bookmarks Toolbar, then repeat the steps under B That should get rid of them. ---- Note: That doesn't remove backups.

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cor-el
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If you have (ten) thousands of bookmarks then you should be cautious with removing them in one go in the Library.

Note that there is a third bookmarks root folder (Other Bookmarks) that you would have to clear as well.

If you have (ten) thousands of bookmarks then you should be cautious with removing them in one go in the Library. Note that there is a third bookmarks root folder (Other Bookmarks) that you would have to clear as well.
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