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Can you stop the add bookmarks dialogue remembering the last selected folder?

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Just that really. I want new bookmarks to go into the "Other Bookmarks" folder by default, unless if I manually select a different folder.

And if I did select a different folder last time, I do not want this selection to be remembered the next time I add a bookmark. I want it to go back to having Other Bookmarks pre-selected.

Is this possible? Thanks.

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I think that this would require to use an autoconfig.cfg file to lock the browser.bookmarks.defaultLocation pref that stores the last used folder.


You can use the autoconfig.cfg file in the Firefox installation folder to initialize (set/lock) preferences and run privileged JavaScript code.

To use Autoconfig, place two files into the Firefox directory.

  • on Windows, they go into the same directory where Firefox is installed
  • on macOS, they go into the Contents/Resources directory of the

The autoconfig.js file that specifies to use autoconfig.cfg is placed into the "defaults\pref" directory where the channel-prefs.js file is located.

pref("general.config.filename", "autoconfig.cfg");
pref("general.config.obscure_value", 0);

The autoconfig.cfg file is placed at the top level of the Firefox installation directory.

  • autoconfig.cfg and autoconfig.js need to start with a comment line (//)
  • autoconfig.js needs to use Unix line endings (LF instead of CR/LF)
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If you don't mind trying an add-on for this, you could look at this one:

In its settings, switch from "use Firefox's default" to the specific folder you prefer as your default.

Note #1: Bookmarks added by drag-and-drop also are affected, so if you ever thought you added a bookmark to a different folder using drag-and-drop and it moved to Other Bookmarks, that would be the reason. You can click the blue star in the address bar to change the folder.

Note #2: If you ever need to restore a backup or import bookmarks, temporarily disable this add-on to prevent it from moving all the restored/imported bookmarks to your default folder.

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Thanks for the info. Bit surprised that there is no simple about:config seting to revert back to the old behaviour. No doubt there are people used to it who, upon discovering that a recently added bookmark isn't in Other Bookmarks, will now have to wrack their brains to remember where they added a previous bookmark so they can check if it went into that location instead!

But thanks anyway, I will consider the solutions suggested.