Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar is not showing bookmarks

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 30, 2007
Updated • Feb 15, 2018

I encountered a problem in Firefox after installing the Piclens extension. My Bookmarks toolbar was not showing my bookmarks anymore, just a blank toolbar. It was also not possible to add new bookmarks to it. A quick check of the bookmarks library revealed that the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder was still there so it had to be a different problem.

I tried disabling and enabling the toolbar again which did not have an effect at all, the blank bookmarks bar would reappear. I knew that it was important that the so-called Bookmark Toolbars Items entry was added to that toolbar.

Do the following to verify this:

  1. Select Menu > Customize in the Firefox interface.
  2. If the Bookmarks Toolbar shows "Bookmarks Toolbar Items" on it, you are set.
  3. If it does not, locate the item among the list of items you can drag and drop and drag & drop it on the Bookmarks Toolbar.
  4. Select done and re-check the Bookmarks Toolbar.
  5. If you don't see the Bookmarks Toolbar under Customize, click on Toolbars and check the Bookmarks Toolbar there to add it to the interface.

Old instructions (pre-Firefox 57)

To check this you have to right-click the top toolbar and select customize from the list. You can alternatively activate the mode by tapping on the Alt-key on your keyboard and selecting View > Toolbars > Customize from the menu that appears.

If there is no icon visible in the Bookmarks Toolbar you have to move it back in. The icon is called Bookmarks in the icons list there. Just drag and drop it into the Bookmarks Toolbar and the bookmarks should be visible again after finishing the customization. My bookmarks were there again which was exactly what I wanted to happen.

You should also make sure that the Bookmarks Toolbar is enabled in Firefox. You can check it by clicking on View > Toolbars > Bookmarks Toolbar.

Update: The situation has not changed in newer versions of the Firefox browser. Other browser extensions or updates may be the cause for problems that you are experiencing with your bookmarks toolbar.

The solution has not changed that much, as you still need to follow the outlined steps to resolve the situation.

Two screenshots have been added to this guide that visualize a toolbar with no toolbar icon, and how the fixed customize screen needs to look like.

fix firefox bookmarks toolbar

Just drag and drop the Bookmarks item to the toolbar in customize mode to enable it again.

Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar is not showing bookmarks
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I encountered a problem in Firefox after installing the Piclens extension. My Bookmarks toolbar was not showing my bookmarks anymore, just a blank toolbar.
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  1. Hans said on March 28, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Now using FF 87 version. In order for the bookmark tool bar to remain visible, one must go to the lower left and click the toolbar box. Then go to bookmarks Tool Bar which gives three options.
    1] always show ; 2] never show; 3] only show on new tab.

    After making selection go to the bottom right and click the done box.

  2. Anonymous said on April 9, 2020 at 11:56 am

    works thx

  3. Mike said on February 9, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Martin,

    I just reinstalled Windows 10 (clean install) and all other app’s including Firefox. But my synced bookmarks are not visible at all after logging in to Firefox. They’re there working well on my old PC.

    Please advise on how to make my bookmarks show up. Firefox version 72.0.2 64-bit.

    Not sure I can save this page correctly, so please cc your reply to my email.

    Many thanks.


  4. Angel said on March 7, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Sweet, thanks a lot

  5. steve said on February 14, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Does NOT work on current Firefox releases 53 and above. I Posted this BUG on Jan, 2018

    What causes this? It happen to me after upgrading from firefox release 53 to 57 (Linux). I went back to release 53 but now cannot fix it, as it has reserfaced in my original release 53? No clue.

    It appears that PC Software developers do ZERO regression testing of new releases.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 15, 2018 at 10:34 am

      I have updated the article to reflect the “customize” changes. Still, if it is a bug there is little that one can do about it until Mozilla fixes it.

  6. James said on October 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for the tip. It worked!

  7. Ian Ashton said on August 24, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Please try Chrome from Google.
    The Bookmarks will show.

  8. robert7 said on August 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    thanks a lot it helped!

  9. Peter said on June 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    God Bless You :D

  10. Evan said on June 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I have both my bookmarks toolbar and the Stumble Upon toolbar on my browser but they just decided to flip places. When I went to the customize screen and flipped them back around they didn’t want to flip. After fighting it for a little bit I finally got them in the right places. As soon as I closed the Customize window the bookmarks toolbar disappeared. The check mark was clicked and it showed it in the customize window but still no bookmark toolbar.

    1. Ian Ashton said on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Yes this is a continuing problem.

    2. Evan said on June 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Sorry, I went to hit enter for a new paragraph and it submitted my comment, must have clicked off the box somehow.

      Anyway, I found out that my problem originated from an error with my sync. I recently set up a desktop to sync with FF on my laptop. The desktop has FF13 and my laptop is still running FF12. Updating FF on my laptop solved the problem.

  11. Brian said on May 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm


    i just right clicked and showed bookmarks toolbar and found the folder i was missing

  12. Timothy Takemoto said on March 5, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Thanks! I see that the two ways of turning on and off the tool bar are 1 to turn on the bar itself and 2 to put the book marks on it. I accidentally dragged the latter off the bar.

  13. mihaela said on February 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I’m not sure how my bookmarks toolbar ended up being empty and I was a bit annoyed by not seeing my shortcuts there anymore. Many thanks.

  14. Margaret said on January 25, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Thank you – I’ve been searching for ages for a fix to my missing toolbar problem AND needed something simple and easy that wasn’t written in tech language that I had no hope of understanding but you nailed it and now its back! Most appreciated

  15. michele said on January 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

    My yahoo toolbar is gone.. I don’t know what I clicked(if it was me) and the address search box is gone.
    I have uninstalled, reinstalled yahoo toolbar so many times, not it. and even intalled google toolbar… cant see that either!
    Only info online is bs about clicking on the double arrows to find it… it’s not there so dont tell me to look!
    What do i do to get it back? I’m going nuts here!

  16. Randal2k said on August 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Thank you, simple and worked :)

  17. Diane said on July 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Thank you so much. Mine had disappeared after some update a few weeks ago.
    Btw, did you know you can load so many more bookmarks onto the toolbar, just by cutting off their names that are written next to them, that way you triple the space up there. All what’s left is the symbol itself, which is quite small, but you still know which one is which. Just right-click each bookmark > properties. Since now the description is already highlighted inside the small pop-up window, simply hit the delete key and save! It looks soooo much better – and more organized that way. Plus you will have room for almost 50 bookmarks now!!!

  18. Ray King said on June 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Thanx for this mine have been missing for months, it works in ver 4 too

  19. Bobknip said on June 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I also had the problem of disappearing toolbar bookmarks, in Firefox 4. The problem seems to be with the Google Toolbar.

    If the Google Toolbar is activated (all other extensions off), I can reproduce the bookmarks toolbar becoming empty by customizing a button to a different position (I moved the Home button between the arrow and the location bar). When I do that, the otherwise hidden Menu Bar does not automatically disappear and I cannot customize further. The next time I open FF, the bookmarks toolbar is empty.
    If I turn off the Google Toolbar as well (i.e. all extensions disabled), the behavior described above does not occur. Turn it on again and the problem is back…

    Maybe the problem of the original poster was caused not by the newly installed extension itself, but by it customizing the toolbar by adding a button (I don’t know the specifics of that extension); with Google Toolbar messing up because of the customization.

    SOLUTION(S) (worked for me):
    1. Restore bookmarks toolbar:
    1a. Right click empty area within a toolbars
    1b. Customize…
    1c. Restore default set
    1d. Restart Firefox

    2. Avoid future disappearance of the toolbar bookmarks:
    2a. Disable or remove the Google Toolbar (it’s a shame for some of the features, I know)
    2b. Restart Firefox
    (2c. Customize toolbars as you normally would)

    I hope this saves somebody some of the frustration I experienced over this…

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks for posting another solution, it will hopefully help some users who are also experiencing disappearing toolbar bookmarks in Firefox.

  20. eltaaaa said on May 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    saved the day!

  21. Anonymous said on January 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Fixing missing icons from bookmark toolbar: right click on bookmarks toolbar space with missing icons. Click on Customize at the bottom. Window will open with lcons not on any toolbar. The Bookmark toolbar should be listed. Use your mouse to move it to the bookmarks space with the missing icons Should work. Done it severval times

    1. steve said on February 14, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Customize is no longer an option on toolbar right click as of firefox rel. 53. Non of these hack fixes work

  22. Anonymous said on November 30, 2010 at 3:29 am

    i found a silotion klick Alt

  23. Julie said on November 29, 2010 at 9:19 pm


  24. BAHCrocker said on November 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you so much!

    I was having this problem after I had installed an add-on and was about to uninstall and reinstall to try to fix it. You saved my life!!

  25. Marianne said on November 16, 2010 at 10:50 am


    Couldn’t find this in any firefox-help item.
    Instantly got it back now cheers to you!

  26. Bea said on October 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    THANK YOU It’s amazing how many of us have lost our Bookmarks toolbar! Well, no more!

  27. robtb said on September 14, 2010 at 2:03 am


  28. M@ said on September 3, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!! Works great!

  29. Scoota said on August 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Thx a lot

  30. -Ry said on June 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Thanks a lot… that was confusing.

  31. JAyde said on May 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Hey thanks ur post is amazing helped me thankyou

  32. stephenie said on March 24, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Mitur Binesderti

    I know your post was from a while back, but i encountered the same problem at first, there should be two bookmark icons to choose from, one is the generic one with a star on it, while the other one just has a simple square icon or some other kind of plain shape next to it. That one is the bookmarks toolbar. The generic icon with a star is the regular bookmarks icon. Use the one that has just the plain shape and it should work wonderfully

  33. stephenie said on March 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This problem has been haunting me for so long now! I kept trying to click on my bookmarks from the toolbar and would get increasingly frustrated each time when i realized they were still not there! Of course the way to fix it was simple, i knew it had to be! Thank you very much for letting us all know the quick fix to an unforeseen big problem!

  34. Rodger said on March 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks. Worked immediately after adding the icon.

  35. Tosh said on March 9, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Thank you sooooooooo much!! I could not figure out what was wrong!

  36. Naattik said on January 15, 2010 at 2:40 am

    thanks so much for the solution. Bookmarks is working again.

    thanks again

  37. Mitur Binesderti said on November 19, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Didn’t work. Now I have the bookmark bar with an icon on it I have to click then navigate to the bookmarks toolbar. WTF?

  38. Cary said on October 24, 2009 at 7:43 am

    That was so easy. THANK YOU!!!

  39. Sue H said on August 29, 2009 at 11:02 am

    There is also a patch that worked for me at —

  40. Stewart Denenberg said on August 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Very nice and easy fix to vexing problem.
    Thanks very much and Keep up the good work

  41. Dino said on August 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!

  42. chris said on August 17, 2009 at 9:31 pm


  43. vagablonde said on July 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    scott says:
    October 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    @Chad: there are two entries for Bookmarks in the customise window – the one with an icon of a book is the wrong one, use the one with an icon of a blank page.

    it worked for me once i did this.,thanks for the fix.


  44. Michael Dare said on July 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Just installed Firefox 3.5 and my bookmark toolbar disappeared. Thanks so much for helping me retrieve it.

  45. anon said on May 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I can’t believe there are so many idiots on the internet that cannot figure out something so simply like this.

  46. Joel said on May 20, 2009 at 1:05 am


    This was the first Google hit for me and it solved it straight off the bat.

    Thank you!

  47. Erin said on May 14, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Bless you! I just came across this, and you saved the day! I thought I was going to have to get rid of my beloved Firefox….

  48. Ben said on April 13, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I was just about to install IE8, I kid you not.

    Thank you for the quick fix! (you might want to bold that part out for anxious folk such as myself :P)

  49. Glenn said on March 28, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Thank you very much.So simple but so frustrating.

  50. Maverick said on February 25, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks that solved it for me!!

  51. tony said on February 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    thanks – instant fix!

  52. AddaxSoft said on January 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    u saved my life man !!!!!!!!!

  53. mork said on January 4, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Thank You!
    You got the cure.

  54. blue said on December 29, 2008 at 11:54 am

    thank you so much!! I uninstalled n reinstalled again and again for this bookmark toolbar!!! finally I can get my favorite firefox back !!

  55. CBuHKa said on December 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    It didn’t help, sob

  56. HighTechDad said on December 16, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Wow! This worked! Thanks for providing this tip!

  57. LP4 said on December 15, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Thanks! I was about to freak out. I’m glad this page was the 2nd Google result. (Should be #1 in my opinion.)

  58. Andrew said on December 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    THANK YOU!!!

  59. Daniel said on November 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    thanks! it fixed my problems!

  60. Sun said on November 10, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks for the tip. Now I got my bookmark toolbar back :)

  61. Monty said on November 4, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Thank you so much! And thanks very much Scott – I’d tried it with the wrong Bookmarks icon. Your advice worked perfectly!

  62. Dustin said on October 31, 2008 at 10:29 am

    ohhh duhh.. i had the chad problem. i was like wtf are these ppl talking about. yeaa grab the blank bookmark one. doope thank every one and thanks scott!

  63. James said on October 26, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I also had only one bookmark button (the wrong one) when I tried to customize and drag and drop. I had to change the icons display under Global Options to text only. Once I did this the other bookmark button appeared and I was able to drag it to the blank toolbar. Then all my bookmarks were there. Just note how you had originally had the bookmarks displayed. (i.e. text only, icons, text & icons, etc.)

  64. B. said on October 19, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Excellent! Thanks!

  65. scott said on October 18, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    @Chad: there are two entries for Bookmarks in the customise window – the one with an icon of a book is the wrong one, use the one with an icon of a blank page.

    it worked for me once i did this.

    thanks for the fix.

  66. andrew randolph said on October 17, 2008 at 9:22 pm


  67. 80063r said on October 17, 2008 at 2:01 am

    If anyone has the problem like “Chad” had, that the bookmarks icon goes in the bookmark bar, I had to close the window and reopen it for the bookmarks to show up. Hope this helps.

  68. moonshadowrain said on October 16, 2008 at 3:52 am

    You have saved my life!!

  69. andyb said on October 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks. Silly me. Of Course…

  70. Flukey said on October 10, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Thankyou sooooo much. That’s been pissing me off for ages.

  71. aaron said on September 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm


  72. dooder said on September 20, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    thanks for this “duh” solution. i could not figure out for the life of me what was wrong. thanks man.

  73. Bob said on August 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

    THANK YOU! I spent a ton of time searching for the solution and found your post. This should be much more obvious in FF3.

  74. Chris Perez said on August 27, 2008 at 6:28 am

    omg THANK YOU SO MUCH, (google FTW) if i knew you better i’d hug you, since i don’tm this TY will have to do.

  75. Chad said on July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    How is this working for everyone else?
    If I drag and drop the “Bookmarks” icon into my bookmarks toolbar, it does simply that. Move the bookmarks button onto the toolbar. In other words, just the one icon. If I click THAT icon, I get a pane open up on the left side of the browser, that then lists all of the bookmarks that should be there.

  76. Elgato said on June 26, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Thanks a bunch, this was exactly what I needed.

  77. Erik said on April 17, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    At last!!! :-D Thanks!

  78. bob said on March 28, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    genius, pure genius…. I cannot thank you enough. Other sites had many steps including reinstalling firefox, yadda yadda yadda.

  79. Michael said on March 19, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Thank you SO much for this tip. I’ve driven myself mad trying to get my bookmarks to show back up. You tip worked like a charm.

  80. Jessica said on February 7, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Hi everyone,

    Jessica here from the Cooliris/PicLens team. I just spoke with one of our engineers and was assured that this problem has been fixed since v You can download this version at

    For interested readers, below are links to two videos demos, one by our team and the other by a PicLens fan!

    Should you encounter any more issues with PicLens, please feel free to email us at [email protected]. We’re ready and eager to hear from you!

    Thanks, again.
    Jessica & The Cooliris Team

  81. brian johnson said on January 23, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Lost my toolbar and bottom border has grown larger.
    Still looking for a fix even after re installing.

  82. Arfyness said on January 14, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    OmGxor! For those who the above suggestions didn’t work, I’ve just cleared all private data from Firefox (Ctrl-Shift-Del) by checking all those boxes. Then I restarted without saving session, and my toolbar is back! HA!

  83. Arfyness said on January 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    HRM, everyone got them back? I must be missing something. My ENTIRE bookmarks toolbar is not showing up when I right-click on the menu and check or un-check “bookmarks toolbar”. My other options are “navigation toolbar” and “web developer toolbar” and then “customize” …

    I tried adding back the “bookmarks” item in another toolbar (since I still have no bookmarks toolbar) but that doesn’t do anything whatsoever, just toggles to a different lighter color and back.

    I musta broke something hardcore. I can’t remember how I fixed this last time. Upgrading didn’t work, I do remember that.

    1. Matthew R said on May 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      Same :(

  84. happytalz said on December 22, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Thanks so much!! Your a life saver. Such a simple solution!

  85. Akash said on October 13, 2007 at 12:44 am

    You can check it by clicking on View > Toolbars > Bookmarks Toolbar. This had helped me to regain my bookmark toolbar! Thanks a lot!!!!!!
    Keep it up!

  86. gnome said on October 2, 2007 at 5:11 am


  87. Linda said on October 2, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Thank you. For the past hour I’ve been trying to figure out what the problem is. Like you, I knew the information was still there…just didn’t know how to access it. I’ve now bookmarked this thread!

  88. Thor said on September 20, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    Great!!! Yes, I think I lost my bookmarks in the toolbar when I added an extension- not sure which one.

    I was really missing that toolbar!

  89. halo said on September 17, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Thanx alot Martin.
    I tried to figure it out to overcome this nasty problem.
    Have a good day.

  90. Nikki said on September 12, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for the tip! This happened to me today. I thought I broke something :-P

  91. Dan said on September 9, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    THANK YOU!!! My bookmarks toolbar disappeared a couple months ago. I tried a few recommended solutions and nothing brought it back, until I tried your simple suggestion!


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