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When trying to import bookmarks from an html file, the import command does not show in the toolbar.

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I have a Mac Desktop running 10.7.5 and am trying to import bookmarks from Firefox on an older Mac running 10.3.9. I exported the bookmarks file to an html file successfully and copied that file to the new Mac. Following the suggestion from Firefox help, I then tried to import those bookmarks from the html file but when I went to the bookmarks toolbar, there is no import option of any kind shown to take the next step. What is wrong?

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In the Bookmarks Manager (Library) there is a toolbar with the Back and Forward button and three other buttons (Organize, Views, Import & Backup).

  • The first (gear) button is the Organize button with basic edit menu items for bookmarks
  • The second button is the Views button that allows to change the sort order for viewing purposes (doesn't sort permanently).
  • The third (star) button is the Import & Backup button that allows to backup and restore a JSON backup and import and export an HTML backup and import bookmarks from other browsers.

Hover each button to see the tooltip or click each of them to see what they do.

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cor-el
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Make sure that the HTML backup has a .html file extension.

You can find the Import menu entry in the Bookmarks Manager (Library)

Question owner

Thank you. The backup file does have an html suffix. But unfortunately when I open the bookmarks manager (library) under show all bookmarks there is no import menu. There are only three items: the bookmarks toolbar, bookmarks menu, and unsorted bookmarks and no other menu tens. If I click on the bookmarks toolbar as suggested in the procedure, there are only two options under that item. "Most Visited" and "Getting Started". There is no import & backup option at all. I am thinking about reinstalling Firefox from scratch to see if something did not get installed properly. Any thoughts?

cor-el
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Chosen Solution

In the Bookmarks Manager (Library) there is a toolbar with the Back and Forward button and three other buttons (Organize, Views, Import & Backup).

  • The first (gear) button is the Organize button with basic edit menu items for bookmarks
  • The second button is the Views button that allows to change the sort order for viewing purposes (doesn't sort permanently).
  • The third (star) button is the Import & Backup button that allows to backup and restore a JSON backup and import and export an HTML backup and import bookmarks from other browsers.

Hover each button to see the tooltip or click each of them to see what they do.

Question owner

Thank you cor-el. I can't believe I missed those icons. Problem solved. Appreciate your help