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How do I disable "Recently Bookmarked" in Library -> Bookmarks?

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This feature is useless and annoying. In fact I would like to disable the entire "Library" concept. But for now can anyone help me remove this "feature" in version 79? I do not want to see recent bookmarks and have no use for this. Thanks.

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Is there any way to edit a question or topic here? I can't seem to find a way. I spelled "do" wrong in the title of this question and would like to correct it.

Modified by rockyjoe

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"Recently Bookmarked" is not a true folder, but something Firefox creates. Most of us ignore it or move it to the bottom of the bookmarks folder.

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You can use code in userChrome.css to hide the rencently bookmarked list.

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I don't want to hide it. I want to disable it. Besides, whenever I try to do anything in userChrome.css nothing happens. It's like the file doesn't exist. I went to Firefox many years ago because it was elegant and lean. Now it's become a bloated mess full of unwanted junk. Pockets, libraries, exploding address bars, gift wrapped boxes on the toolbar whenever changes are made, tabs that separate into new windows, countless other garbage items I've had to go into about:config or install add-ons to fix (or that can't be fixed at all). I'm in the process of migrating to another browser so will be rid of Firefox soon. I'm not happy to say that and I don't want to say it but the developers have ruined what was a nice product. Thanks everyone for all your help.

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Recently bookmarked is not a real folder, but is a so called smart folder that shows the result of a places.sqlite database query. This means that as long as there are bookmarks there will be items that show up in this recently list.

  • place:folder=BOOKMARKS_MENU&folder=UNFILED_BOOKMARKS&folder=TOOLBAR&queryType=1&sort=12&excludeQueries=1&maxResults=20

It is not that difficult to create userChrome.css if you have never used it.

The first step is to open the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" page and find the button to access the profile folder.

You can find this button under the "Application Basics" section as "Profile Folder -> Open Folder". If you click this button then you open the profile folder in the Windows File Explorer. You need to create a folder with the name chrome in this folder (name is all lowercase). In the chrome folder you need to create a plain text file with the name userChrome.css (name is case sensitive). In this userChrome.css text file you paste the text posted.

In Windows saving the file is usually the only time things get more complicated because Windows can silently add a .txt file extension and you end up with a file named userChrome.css.txt. To avoid this you need to make sure to select "All files" in the dialog to save the file in the text editor using "Save File as".

You need to close (Quit/Exit) and restart Firefox when you create or modify the userChrome.css file.

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In Firefox 69 and later you need to set this pref to true on the about:config page to enable userChrome.css and userContent.css in the chrome folder.

  • toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets = true

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