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Sync to make browser on both machines look the same

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I was thinking I might be able to put a copy the profile from my desktop on my laptop, then open it to see the browsers matched; exactly. But that wouldn't help to keep them matched.

I have sync set up but that doesn't seem to make Firefox on both machines seamless; ie look and behave exactly the same.

So while I enter my FF password fairly often, I don't appreciate what it's doing; I don't see the results of the sync in the way the two look or act.

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It's not possible to use Firefox Sync to make the Browser look exactly the same. You can try the following:

Update your Install of Firefox to 16.0.1 Update Firefox to the latest version

Copy the Profile from the machine you like the look of to your other machine (back up that profile first). Back up and restore information in Firefox profiles

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Chosen Solution

It's not possible to use Firefox Sync to make the Browser look exactly the same. You can try the following:

Update your Install of Firefox to 16.0.1 Update Firefox to the latest version

Copy the Profile from the machine you like the look of to your other machine (back up that profile first). Back up and restore information in Firefox profiles

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Thanks for clarifying what I suspected. Looks like I was on the right track, with the profile.

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After reading the Profile references I opened the Profile Manager on my desktop and created a new profile. I named it My New Profile and I saved it to C:\...\My Documents\My Profiles. (But later, after I re-booted, I checked and it is not there; though it is still on the list of profiles.)

While in the Profile Manager I renamed the 2 other profile that were there: default to old default and the other to Old LT profile. (They are not listed in the Roaming… folder either)

When I was finished there were 3 profiles listed in the Manager: Old default, Old LT profile and My New Profile.

I then copied the profile “k29uOogo.default” from my desktop to a thumb drive, renamed it Old DT profile and put it in the Roaming\mozilla\firefox\profiles folder.

That folder now contains 3 profiles: u1zqbeo.default, u1zqbeoBAC.default, and Old DT profile, which I just put there.

After re-booting I ran the Profile Manager and found the 3 profiles listed above. But My New Profile does not appear in My Documents\My Profiles folder, where I directed the Profiles Manager to put it when I created it.

My Old DT profile; that I put in Roaming…., is not on the Profiles Manager list.

This brings several questions to mind.

1. When should the .default extension be used when renaming profiles? 2. There is a firefox profile: u1zqbeo.default, in the appdata/…local folder. What is the story on profiles that folder? 3. What am I doing wrong?

Fyi the object is to get the profile on my desktop to run on my laptop, then, the to clean it up by moving data from it to the new profile.

Btw, the profiles work.