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I recently lost all of my bookmarks and need to recover them from a week ago, how?

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Last wednesday I lost all of my bookmarks. I assumed that they were saved in Windows live log in for msn which is my homepage. I also lost my homepage and windows/msn account. How do I restore my bookmarks or my system to a point that everything worked?

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Waka_Flocka_Flame
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Hello,

Firefox automatically creates backups of your bookmarks, which can be helpful if your bookmarks are lost or missing. To recover them, follow the instructions below.

  1. Use one of these methods to open the Bookmarks Library window:
    • Click the Firefox button to open the menu and click on Bookmarks.
    • Click the Bookmarks menu and click on Show All Bookmarks.
  2. At the top of the Library window, click the "Import and Backup" menu and select Restore.
  3. Click the date of the bookmark backup you want to recover.
  4. In the new window that appears, click OK.
  5. Your bookmarks from the selected date should now be restored.

For more information, see the Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer article. For other solutions, see the Recover lost or missing Bookmarks article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

Thank you.

the-edmeister
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Last Wednesday ....

Last Wednesday - 10 days ago, or this past Wednesday - 3 days ago?

Firefox saves 10 days worth of backups, so if you have used your PC everyday since then you are close to losing the last backup of your bookmarks.

cor-el
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Helpful Reply

You should make a backup of all JSON backups in the bookmarkbackups folder.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder (Linux: Open Directory; Mac: Show in Finder)

Note that your System Details List shows that you have a user.js file in the profile folder to initialize some prefs on each start of Firefox.

The user.js file is only present if you or other software has created it, so normally it wouldn't be there. You should check its content with a plain text editor if you didn't create this file yourself.

The user.js file is read each time you start Firefox and initializes preferences to the value specified in this file, so preferences set via user.js can only be changed temporarily for the current session.

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