Bookmarks

Have you ever found a website you wanted to view later, only to realize that you didn't remember the web address when the time came? Bookmarks are a great way to save and organize specific websites so you can revisit them again and again.

In this lesson, we'll talk about how to add bookmarks to Firefox, how to manage and organize your bookmarks and folders, and how to import bookmarks from another browser.

To add a bookmark:

  1. Click the Star in the address bar to save the current page as a bookmark. By default, new bookmarks are saved to the Unsorted Bookmarks folder.
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  2. If you want to choose a different name or folder for the bookmark, click the Star again. You can then click Choose to select a different folder for the bookmark. When you're finished, click Done.

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Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+D on your keyboard, or Command+D if you're using a Mac.

Using bookmarks

Once you've bookmarked a website, there are several ways to open the bookmark.

  • The address bar: As you begin typing in the address bar, any bookmarks matching the text will appear with the Star icon. Simply click a bookmark to open it.

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  • The Bookmarks button: Click the Bookmarks button to see all of your bookmarks. You can hover the mouse over Recently Bookmarked to access any bookmarks you've saved recently.

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  • The Bookmarks Toolbar: If you have certain sites you access frequently, you can save them to the Bookmarks Toolbar folder for quick access. Just click the Bookmarks button, then select View Bookmarks Toolbar to turn on the toolbar.

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  • Bookmark folders: If you have many different bookmarks about one topic, you might consider creating different folders to keep them organized, just as you would organize different files on your computer. We'll discuss various ways to organize your bookmarks into folders over the next few pages.

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Managing bookmarks

If you plan to use bookmarks regularly, you may want to learn how to organize your bookmarks.

To create a folder:

New folders can be added to the Bookmarks Toolbar folder, the Bookmarks Menu folder, or the Unsorted Bookmarks folder.

  1. Click the Bookmarks button, then select Show All Bookmarks.
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  2. The Library will appear in a new window with all of your bookmarks. Select the desired location for the folder. In our example, we'll create the folder in the Bookmarks Toolbar folder.

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  3. Click Organize, then select New Folder.

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  4. A dialog box will appear. Enter a name for the folder. If desired, you can add a description. When you're done, click Add.

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  5. The folder will be created.

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To move a bookmark into a folder:

  1. From the Library, click and drag a bookmark into the desired folder. In our example, we'll move a bookmark from the Unsorted Bookmarks folder to the Bookmarks Toolbar folder.
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  2. The bookmark will appear in the folder.

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To move a folder:

  1. Click and drag a folder to move it.

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  2. The folder will be moved.

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Moving a folder to the Bookmarks Toolbar folder will place it directly on the Bookmarks Toolbar.

 To delete bookmarks and folders:

If you no longer use certain bookmarks or folders, you can always delete them.

  • To delete a bookmark, right-click the bookmark, then select Delete. You can also press the Backspace or Delete key on your keyboard.

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  • To delete a folder, right-click the folder, then select Delete. You can also press the Backspace or Delete key on your keyboard.

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You cannot delete the Bookmarks Toolbar, Bookmarks Menu, or Unsorted Bookmarks folders.

 To search for a bookmark:

If you're looking for a specific bookmark but can't remember where it's saved, you can search for it.

  • Type an address or search term into the search bar. Any bookmarks matching the search will appear.

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Importing bookmarks

If you've already saved a lot of bookmarks in another web browser, you can import those bookmarks into Firefox.

To import bookmarks:

  1. Click the Bookmarks button, then select Show All Bookmarks.
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  2. The Library will appear in a new window. Click Import and Backup, then select Import Data from Another Browser.

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  3. The Import Wizard will appear in a new window. Follow the instructions and select the items you wish to import. In our example, we'll import Favorites, or bookmarks, from Internet Explorer.

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  4. The imported bookmarks will appear in a folder in the Bookmarks Menu folder. You can use the Library to reorganize these bookmarks if desired.

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