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Does a keyboard shortcut exist or can I create it to activate the bookmarks dropdown menu (not "show all bookmarks") in Firefox 29 (currently nightly)?

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The thing is, the combined "star and dropdown" toolbar button is really inconvenient to use with a mouse, I often mean to activate the dropdown and see my bookmarks, and instead wind up bookmarking the page.

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Those two button are really distinct and the two buttons look quite different on Linux for me and show as individual buttons if I hover them (they have hover state).

Are you clicking the star?

Are you using a theme?

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I do use a theme and they show as one button with two icons, so I really have to aim and hit to get the right one. My question though remains - is there a shortcut or can I set one? I use ctrl-b to bring up the sidebar for example. Thanks.

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Yes, it is only one combined button with two clickable icons. The Bookmarks Menu button is a dropmarker with a special icon.
I don't know of a way to open the Bookmarks Menu button drop down list with a keyboard shortcut.

Modified by cor-el

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It's not identical because it will drop from the upper left of the screen, but you might have a keyboard shortcut to open the classic Bookmarks menu. On Windows, Alt+b will do it. (Alt is a global shortcut key for menu bars.) How about on your distribution of Linux?

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Alt-b and ctrl-b (for sidebar) work. Is there a way/place to suggest a feature for Firefox, considering 29 is still in development? I'd suggest they include a shortcut for the bookmarks popup :)

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You can submit ideas using Help > Submit Feedback but I'm not sure that will reach the UI design team in a way that stimulates any changes. Perhaps there is a mailing list or other place to start a discussion of the proposal?

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I actually solved this by completely ignoring and disabling the Bookmarks menu button. Instead I put all of my bookmarks in the Bookmarks Toolbar and then installed the extension, Hide BookmarksBar. - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hide-bookmarksbar

Hide BookmarksBar allows you to create a custom shortcut to hide and show the bookmarks toolbar which I prefer a toolbar layout over the menu anyway so this is perfect for me.

I customized the addon to use Ctrl+Shift+B as the shortcut so I can use Ctrl+B for the Bookmarks Sidebar and then the other for Hide BookmarksBar. This works great for me, maybe it will for you.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hide-bookmarksbar

You can also add a button to your other toolbars to click instead of using the shortcut but I almos always use the shortcut even though I have the button there too. :)

Tested in Firefox Nightly version 29.0a1

Modified by MichaelTunnell