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25 July 2006 Tuesday

Firefox bookmarks toolbar problem

slated in as so at 11:55 pm

Have been suffering an issue with Firefox for the past few months… involved the bookmarks folder being thoroughly nonuseable — nothing could be added to it whatsoever.. Couldn’t add or move links/bookmarks anywhere except under the regular bookmarks folder. Made me very unhappy since I needed the Blinklist bookmarklet, among other things.

This actually happened a while before also, but had somehow managed to fix it or something, and things were happy again for a while. But it’s been true again these past many months and made me unhappy and pushed me further to Opera (although Opera cannot handle bookmarklets either).

I uninstalled and reinstalled many times, many versions. (Had problems with uninstallation also… had to install the new beta version of firefox into the existing directory, and then run the uninstaller from that, which did work successfully.)

Turns out that the solution to the bookmark toolbar issue is: uninstall Firefox in its entirety (I went ahead and hard deleted the remaining folder/skeleton files once uninstallation had completed), and then visit your profile settings directory (Windows: C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\7suc3q0v.default and copy it elsewhere for backup (to save your cookies and bookmarks), and then delete it in entirety.

THEN install a fresh copy of Mozilla Firefox… and then redownload your extensions, restore your bookmarks and cookies, and then be HAPPY. Like so → :)

Comments on Firefox bookmarks toolbar problem

  1. I’m having a different problem, my bookmarks toolbar has disappeared! I hope I don’t need to follow your solution, although I fear it might come to that. Might even be faster than spending hours searching for a faster solution! Anyhow, thanks for the technical details on restoring bookmarks – that should save me some bother.

    commented Tue 14 Nov 2006, 4:59:40 AM :: link
  2. Post-script to above –
    I was able to find a straight-forward solution to the problem I had – I don’t know if it would have solved your problem, Alicson … anyhow, you can read about it at: Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar Problem

    PS – No, I’m not being unoriginal in copying your title – that is exactly the search term I used to find this page!

    commented Tue 14 Nov 2006, 6:06:46 AM :: link
  3. I am curious, Alicson, why do you run two versions of Opera, as well as Firefox? This referring of course, you your comment in the technical section of my Discover Doug blog.

    I'm happy if I can get one set up the way I want, and keep track of all the bookmarks, especially when I can see them!

    commented Wed 15 Nov 2006, 9:16:57 AM :: link
  4. I like Firefox for a whole lot of things, especially bookmarklets and the many extensions, but Opera is much faster and lighter; can handle more tabs without weighing down. I tend to multi-task on a hefty scale…

    On Firefox, always-open tabs include: meebo, several google-related pages, control panels/phpmyadmin, etc. for various web sites, and the like…

    In Opera old (8), I have my old toolbar setup the way I like it, with several old windows that I recycle and leave for several days til I get to them..

    In Opera new (9), I have everything else; all new links open here (I send them to firefox via a handy icon if I want to copy/print/save/Blinklist something), I do website editing and blogging from here most of the time; some of it on Firefox as well.

    And random info: my Firefox is grey, Opera 8 is red, Opera 9 is blue. They’re all quite happy together. We try to avoid opening IE as much as possible.

    commented Thu 16 Nov 2006, 2:08:43 AM :: link
  5. Interesting … I’ll have to give Opera a try. I always end up with multiple windows of multiple tabs … I wonder if Opera works as a portable app? When I travel, I like to bring my own browser on a USB flash drive.

    I’m with you on avoiding IE. A few sites won’t work without them. I don’t go there unless I have to!

    commented Fri 17 Nov 2006, 3:39:06 AM :: link
  6. kerosene

    The only thing you need to do in that cases is make right click in the blank toolbar, enter into the customize window and make click in Restore Default Set button.

    commented Tue 03 Apr 2007, 4:32:36 AM :: link
  7. I had a problem that Ctrl-D didnt work, and the bookmark toolbar wouldnt go away! I uninstalled everything, deleted all the mozilla folders in my Documents & Settings folder, reinstalled and WA-LA everything is good again.

    I think the problem is caused by some incompatability, or corruption as a result of an upgrade.

    commented Wed 11 Apr 2007, 12:52:41 PM :: link
  8. Pat

    After upgrading from 1.5.0.x to, my bookmarks toolbar became empty. I started Firefox in Firefox’s Safe Mode and the toolbar showed up okay. I restarted Firefox in normal mode: toolbar still empty.

    My solution: I disabled all the add-ons ( I have a dozen of them) and restarted Firefox: toolbar OK. So I say to myself “one of the add-ons is causing the problem”. But I reenable ALL the add-ons: toolbar is okay, problem solved.

    Weird, but that operation seems to have reinitialized the toolbar.

    commented Tue 05 Jun 2007, 5:48:11 AM :: link
  9. b


    this works!!!! dont do anything complicated and time consuming until you try this. worked for me

    “The only thing you need to do in that cases is make right click in the blank toolbar, enter into the customize window and make click in Restore Default Set button.” -kerosene

    commented Mon 17 Dec 2007, 1:54:40 AM :: link
  10. first of all right click on the toolbar and make sure the “bookmarks toolbar” is ticked, if this doesnt fix it go into customize and drag the bookmarks icon to where the bookmarks toolbar should be, this fixed it for me.

    commented Sun 16 Mar 2008, 4:47:56 PM :: link
  11. Nice site!

    commented Wed 19 Mar 2008, 5:38:36 PM :: link
  12. kaspin

    My problem is more complicated. If I right click on the toolbar of my PC (running under WinXP Pro) I just get a small image of a sheet of paper. However, the bookmarks display correctly in the sidebar option. Also if I right click on Bookmarks and then click Customise, the titles above the navigation bar grey out and nothing further happens.I have the same setup on my laptop which works fine with WinXP home and superbly with Ubuntu.Will try disabling Foxmarks and the Google toolbar. Any other ideas? Thanks

    commented Sun 13 Apr 2008, 1:14:54 PM :: link
  13. i just found another solution that i think is simpler…

    1 – select Bookmarks>Organize Bookmarks

    2 – Expand the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder

    3 – highlight all bookmarks and drag them to your (empty) Bookmarks Toolbar in Firefox.


    commented Mon 21 Jul 2008, 11:24:54 PM :: link
  14. daltonWeger

    Does uninstalling and reinstalling delete all of your saved passwords and email adresses?

    commented Wed 27 Aug 2008, 7:59:40 AM :: link
  15. shshs

    The only thing you need to do in that cases is make right click in the blank toolbar, enter into the customize window and make click in Restore Default Set button.

    this worked perfectly. i love you.

    commented Fri 06 Feb 2009, 9:51:33 PM :: link
  16. Jen Sands

    I am having a different problem than anyone else I saw on the comments…Almost everyone of my bookmarks on firefox goes to a completely different link than the one it should be!! The first section of my bookmarks all go to bbc.uk…site, and later down the line they just start getting mixed up!! A bookmark of a game goes to a woodworking site, etc… What the heck do I do about this! I was so excited I just downloaded Tidy Favorites to organize my bookmarks and I dont know if that caused this or if it was already like that before I did that. Why would it do this??? Im not a computer phenom, just a teacher trying to organize her bookmarks…can anyone help with this??

    commented Wed 24 Mar 2010, 10:24:59 PM :: link
  17. My firefox browser has problem of bookmarking. It take some sites easily for bookmarking but it don not allow to bookmark other sites. What to do ?

    commented Fri 23 Apr 2010, 4:31:18 PM :: link
  18. skeep

    shshs’s comment on right clicking on the Bookmark toolbar location and choosing Customize -> Restore Default Set – worked for me due to Fire.FM braking it.

    Thanks shshs!

    commented Thu 23 Sep 2010, 4:18:17 PM :: link
  19. how to empty bookmarks toolbar by a short command

    commented Sat 15 Oct 2011, 10:31:19 AM :: link
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