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I have refreshed my Firefox, because it was slow.

In the description was written: Firefox will save these items:

   Browsing and download history
   Web form auto-fill information
   Personal dictionary 

Ok. It's fine. But after refreshing the Firefox how can I restore these elements?

Please send me a step by step instruction, without referring the webpage, because I have read it and it is not clear for me.

Where is my older profile? Where is my new profile? How can I move the elements from the older profile to the new profile?

Thanks a lot: Mihaly

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Dear FredMV

Ok. Nice I found the old firefox data.

And? How to follow?

Where it is: Go to one level above your profile's folder, i.e. to %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

Slowly I start to hate firefox.


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Whats the old data you found?

Could you give me the folder name? Also it would be good to know which operating system you use.

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When you are ready, we can start moving parts of your old data and Copy it to the new profile.

First; open your file browser to the New profile;

Type about:support<enter> in the address bar.

Under the page logo on the left side, you will see Application Basics. Under this find Profile Folder. To its right press the button Show Folder. This will open your file browser to the current Firefox profile. Now Close Firefox.

Windows: Show Folder; Linux: Open Directory; Mac: Show in Finder

Linux: Under the page logo on the left side, you will see Application Basics. Under this find Profile Directory. To its right press the button Open Directory.

Second, open another file browser to the Old Firefox folder on your desktop. Then open the folder with the latest date, or whatever one you want to use.

Warning ! ! Only Copy the files you are told. We will avoid anything that might cause problems. Here is the list of files;

cookies: cookies.sqlite Do not bother. Cookies will be created when you return to the website. However, you will have to log in everywhere. And you may lose any settings that websites store on your computer.

extensions(add-ons, themes): it would be better to download them fresh. If you need to remember what add-ons you had, open the extensions sub-folder and look at the .xpi files

logins.json and key3.db [v58+]key4.db : These are the password files. Copy Both !

persdict.dat : custom dictionary - words you added to the dictionary

mimeTypes.rdf [v55+]handlers.json : What to do with what type of file.

places.sqlite : History and Bookmarks.

prefs.js : Your settings. Note: If you were having problems, this could be contaminated.

cert8.db [v58+]cert9.db and possibly cert_override.txt : Stores all your security certificate settings and any SSL certificates you have imported into Firefox. If removed, the cert8.db, cert9.db file will be replaced.

search.json.mozlz4 : file stores the user-installed search engines that are available in the Firefox v47+

search.sqlite file and searchplugins folder store the search engines that are available in the Firefox Search bar before Firefox v47

Copy these files from the old to the new. You may get a message that the files already exist. Choose to over-write for each file.

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When you refresh Firefox then Firefox should automatically move some personal data from the old profile to the new profile. The old profile will be moved to the "Old Firefox Data" folder on the desktop and a new profile will be crated in "AppData\Roaming" (main location) and "AppData\Local" (temp files like the disk cache). There is usually no extra action required unless something goes wrong or you want to restore more data that is transferred automatically (list you posted in your question). Note that open tabs (i.e. the current session) should also be restored if you initiate the refresh from a running session (i.e. tabs are open).

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