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What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

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What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

I just updated Firefox to version 15.0 on the Mac. Suddenly, all of my bookmark folders that are supposed to be in my Bookmarks Toolbar are no longer there, and the Toolbar won't let me put them back there. This is substantially non-optimal. I must say, I'm becoming less and less of a fan of Firefox with every passing update, which saddens me.

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New User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

So, I did the Troubleshooting "Reset Firefox to its default state" thing, and my toolbar folders came back. Now I'm working my way through all my extensions and add-ons to try and figure out which ones are gimping the toolbar. Boox did it, but I think more than one of them was doing it. Further bulletins as events warrant.

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Senior User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

Hi there. Sorry to hear about the problems you've encountered. It sounds like you still have a bookmarks toolbar visible, but you don't see the bookmarks that you expect in it? If so, this article walks you through how to move around bookmark folders including placing them on the bookmark toolbar: http://mzl.la/LgyXG3

If the problem is instead that the bookmark toolbar is no longer visible, you can turn it back on again by following these simple steps: http://mzl.la/MpXk94

Hope this helps. :)

New User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

Sadly, it does not. My bookmarks toolbar is visible, but none of the folders that are supposed to be there show up. They're listed under "Bookmarks Toolbar" under the "Bookmarks" menu, or under the "View" & "Sidebar" & "Bookmarks" menu, but they don't actually show up in the toolbar on the window. And when I try and place them there, nothing happens except that they move around in the "Bookmarks Toolbar" menu.

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Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

Make sure that toolbars like the "Navigation Toolbar" and the "Bookmarks Toolbar" are visible: "View > Toolbars"

  • Open the Customize window to set which toolbar items to display
    • View > Toolbars > Customize
    • Firefox > Options > Toolbar Layout
  • Check that the "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is on the Bookmarks Toolbar
  • If the "Bookmarks Toolbar items" is not on the Bookmarks Toolbar then drag it back from the toolbar palette in the customize window to the Bookmarks Toolbar
  • If missing items are in the toolbar palette then drag them back from the Customize window on the toolbar
  • If you do not see an item on a toolbar and in the toolbar palette then click the "Restore Default Set" button to restore the default toolbar set up
New User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

There is no "Bookmarks Toolbar items" in the Customize palette. "Restore Default Set" doesn't restore it to the palette. There is no "Bookmarks Toolbar items" in the Bookmarks Toolbar. There is no "Options" under the "Firefox" menu. There's a "Preferences", but there is no "Toolbar Layout" under "Preferences".

Site Moderator

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

On Mac, you can use View > Toolbars > Customize (Firefox > Options is for Windows).

You can check for problems with the localstore.rdf file.

Try to delete the localstore.rdf file in the Firefox Profile Folder

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

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder
New User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

The "View">"Toolbars">"Customize" takes me to the "Customize" palette, but there's no "Bookmarks Toolbar items" in it, and "Restore Default Set" does nothing. Deleting the localstore.rdf file didn't change a thing.

New User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

So, I did the Troubleshooting "Reset Firefox to its default state" thing, and my toolbar folders came back. Now I'm working my way through all my extensions and add-ons to try and figure out which ones are gimping the toolbar. Boox did it, but I think more than one of them was doing it. Further bulletins as events warrant.

Senior User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

Thanks for the follow-up, Joe! Glad to hear Reset Firefox was able to take care of the issue for you.

New User

Re: What happened to my Bookmarks Toolbar?

"Reset Firefox to its default state" erases ALL saved passwords. Is this really the only way to get back my Bookmark Toolbar?

Answering my own questions: No.

Disabling Boox v3.0 restored my bookmark toolbar.