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show all bookmarks doesn't show all bookmarks


Hello. I want to move multiple bookmarks which are currently not in folders (below all of the folders in the bookmark menu) to different folders. From what I've read the way to do this is through "show all bookmarks". When I select "show all bookmarks" I only see the bookmark folders I have and not the "loose" ones outside of folders. How do I see these bookmarks? Thanks.

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By default the topmost folders are

  • Bookmarks Toolbar - these will show on the bookmarks toolbar when you display it
  • Bookmarks Menu
  • Unsorted Bookmarks

You may create further subfolders within any of those, and add separators. Bookmarks may be dragged and dropped or coped between folders. The arrowhead alongside the folder name in the sidebar, menu or library allows you to expand the folder to see the content.

See How to use bookmarks to save and organize your favorite websites

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Hi John. I don't understand your answer. When I open the show all bookmarks I don't see the bookmarks that aren't in folders. I don't see them at all, not even in unsorted bookmarks. How can I see them? Thanks.

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Show All Bookmarks opens the Library window, which has a left and right-hand pane. Click the Bookmarks Menu folder in the left-pane to see the contents of that folder in the right-hand pane. All your "loose" bookmarks should appear in the right pane, along with the folders in that "main" folder.

realmikey 0 solutions 4 answers

I have Firefox 15.0.1 with windows xp pro with all updates as of 9/28/12. I do have the bookmarks menu and I can see and use my bookmarks. So i know they are there. but when I do "show all bookmarks" the window shows up but nothing is the any of the panes. nothing in the left pane or right pane. and the bottom pane says "select an item to view and edit its properties". but when I click inside the left pane it change to No items.

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Problems with bookmarks and history not working properly can be caused by a corrupted places.sqlite database file.

You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

You can try to check and repair the places database with this extension:

kemoc 0 solutions 1 answers

Hi, I have that same problem as realmikey. Unfortunatelly addon places-maintenance dosen't repair the Firefox. The bookmarks and history exist but it isn't displayed in Menager and in left "bookmark card". Resoult addon work:

  • > Integrity check
  • + The database is sane
  • > Reindex
  • + The database has been reindexed
  • > Orphans expiration
  • + Database cleaned up
  • > Coherence check
  • + The database is coherent
  • > Vacuum
  • Initial database size is 10240 KiB
  • + The database has been vacuumed
  • Final database size is 10240 KiB
  • > Statistics
  • Database size is 10240 KiB
  • user_version is 21
  • page_size is 32768
  • cache_size is 128
  • journal_mode is wal
  • synchronous is 1
  • History can store a maximum of 104858 unique pages
  • Table moz_places has 4949 records
  • Table moz_historyvisits has 2871 records
  • Table moz_inputhistory has 34 records
  • Table moz_hosts has 1654 records
  • Table moz_bookmarks has 3668 records
  • Table moz_bookmarks_roots has 5 records
  • Table moz_keywords has 4 records
  • Table sqlite_sequence has 1 records
  • Table moz_favicons has 2444 records
  • Table moz_anno_attributes has 9 records
  • Table moz_annos has 34 records
  • Table moz_items_annos has 61 records
  • Table sqlite_stat1 has 15 records
  • Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1
  • Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_hosts_1
  • Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_roots_1
  • Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1
  • Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_favicons_1
  • Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1
  • Index moz_places_faviconindex
  • Index moz_places_hostindex
  • Index moz_places_visitcount
  • Index moz_places_frecencyindex
  • Index moz_places_lastvisitdateindex
  • Index moz_historyvisits_placedateindex
  • Index moz_historyvisits_fromindex
  • Index moz_historyvisits_dateindex
  • Index moz_bookmarks_itemindex
  • Index moz_bookmarks_parentindex
  • Index moz_bookmarks_itemlastmodifiedindex
  • Index moz_places_url_uniqueindex
  • Index moz_places_guid_uniqueindex
  • Index moz_bookmarks_guid_uniqueindex
  • Index moz_annos_placeattributeindex
  • Index moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex

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You could try the other solutions mentioned above by cor-el BUT note that destroys your history. I would strongly suggest that you back up your profile first of all. (At the very least make a copy of the file places.sqlite.)

Have you anything vital in your History ? or do you often bookmark the important sites. (Unfortunately Firefox itself makes no attempt to back up History). I do not suppose you have already made any profile backups ? (or maybe have equivalent files on another device by use of sync)

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No one else in the thread has come back with answers as to what solves the invisible bookmarks problem. What you could try is

  1. copying the places file somewhere safe, outside firefox paths - say the desktop - and then renaming the original. (belts & braces)
  2. run Firefox, it will regenerate a near enough empty places.sqlite


  • you are now able to see content ( just default/empty folders ) it is probably likely the problem is with places.sqlite corruption.
  • otherwise if you continue to see no content the problem is elsewhere
    • try the original file (rename them) and run in safe mode, with only the standard theme and no plugins enabled

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If you care about the history:

You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox Profile Folder.

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Interesting extension, I will bookmark that one. Pity it does not also import history.