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How do I find missing/lost bookmarks I tried the trouble shooting section i just couldn't figure it out


I had a bookmark folder & decided to add two more. When I went to my folders I could only find one new folder. When I clicked on it, it brought me to the second new folder. I couldn't get all three to appear under the bookmarks section. I retitled them because two of the three bookmarks had the wrong bookmarked items & then I lost the third, which had all the original bookmarks.

I've tried your trouble shooting section, I don't understand all of the information. I have been through the trouble shooting section several times trying different options. I've gotten myself so frustrated & confused :( I'm hoping for a little one on one help.

Thank you so much

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First steps read the articles & do the following

  1. manually backup your current bookmarks (as they are now)
    see Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer
  2. locate your profile, backup your bookmarks backups folder and the files it contains. See
    Profiles - Where Firefox stores your bookmarks, passwords and other user data_how-do-i-find-my-profile

Now look at what you have and keep the best ones
There are limits to what may be restored, depending on what you have done and deleted, but once you have taken the action above you have preserved whatever is there.

You can now try restoring any of the automated backups that Firefox has made for you (By default each of the last ten days). But take CARE any restore overwrites and destroys existing ones (unless it is from an HTML file then it is appended ). Always backup by exporting before you do a restore.

You may restore from any backup you have made by exporting the current state, you are not limited to just the automated backups.

Post back with how you get on and with any further questions.

finitarry 157 solutions 2175 answers

So what you did was nest one folder inside the other. You should be able to separate them by dragging the inner folder and dropping it onto "Bookmarks Menu".

You should have backups of the bookmarks from previous days. Try first exporting them as HTML, then restore one of the previous backups. You can recover the newest bookmars by importing the HTML version and removing the duplicates.

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If you have accidentally removed bookmarks then use "Organize > Undo" in the bookmarks manager (Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks) to get them back.
The Organize button is the first of the three buttons next to the Back and Forward buttons on the toolbar in the Library (Bookmarks Manager).
That only works if you haven't closed Firefox.

If it didn't work then you can restore the bookmarks from a JSON backup.
This will replace all current bookmarks and you lose bookmarks that were added since that backup was created.