Whenever I buy or build a new computer system I make sure that some data stored on the old system is migrated to the new system. Bookmarks are one data set that I migrate to every computer.
I have a collection of a few hundred sites in my bookmarks that I use regularly thanks to browsers recommending bookmarks when entering text into the address bar.
A corrupt or accidentally deleted bookmarks file could have a serious impact on my work day. Most modern web browsers come with synchronization and backup options that can be used to restore data in the browser. The majority of those features need to be activated though before they can be used to restore data and most require that you create an account before you can get started.
Firefox users who cannot access all or part of their bookmarks anymore can make use of the browser's built-in restoration option to restore bookmarks in the browser. This feature is enabled by default.
Here is how it is done
Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-b to open the bookmarks manager. Locate the Import and Backup menu at the top and click it to display its menu options.
Move the mouse cursor over the Restore menu to display a list of bookmark backups that can be restored. Firefox by default backs up the bookmarks once per day (if the browser is used).
These backups are stored by Firefox in the profile folder under bookmarkbackups. The bookmarks are stored as json files which means that you cannot simply open them locally or in the browser to access them.
Click on a date to restore that bookmarks backup in the browser. Please note that Firefox will overwrite the existing bookmarks with the backup. Bookmarks that you have added in the meantime will not be available once the restoration has completed.
Firefox users can make use of the export bookmarks to HTML in the same menu to create a manual backup of their current bookmarks file. It is always a good idea to backup the file before restorations. This manual copy can then be restored by selecting the Import bookmarks from HTML option in the same menu.
Bookmarks can also also be backed up as JSON files instead by selecting the Backup option of the menu. These bookmark backups can then be restored via the Restore > Choose File option.
Firefox users can alternatively configure the synchronization option under Alt-key > Tools > Set Up Sync to synchronize the bookmarks with a cloud server so that they can be downloaded to any system running Firefox Sync provided you sign in with the same account on it.
Have you ever lost bookmarks in Firefox? What did you do to restore them?
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