How to change the default bookmarks folder in Firefox - gHacks Tech News

How to change the default bookmarks folder in Firefox

Firefox, just like any other modern web browser, supports bookmarks. You can save bookmarks, URLs that point to your favorite websites and services, or scripts and dynamic bookmarks, and manage them using the browser.

Bookmarks are saved to the browser in a number of ways. Firefox users may click on the star icon in the address bar to bookmark the page they are on, or use the shortcut Ctrl-D to bookmark the page instead.

Bookmarks can also be created from the Bookmarks library directly, or dragged and dropped on to the bookmarks toolbar.

Firefox saves all new bookmarks to Other Bookmarks by default unless you change the folder manually when you want the bookmark to be saved in a different folder.

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There is no built-in option, as far as I know, to change the bookmarks folder. If you want to save bookmarks to another folder by default, e.g. a folder that is visible on the Bookmarks Toolbar or better named, you have to rely on extensions.

Default Bookmark Folder is a browser extension for Mozilla Firefox that adds an option to the browser to change the default bookmarks folder.

The extension displays a prompt after installation in Firefox to configure it. You can also click on the options button on about:addons instead to do so any time later.

Select Firefox built-in bookmark in the Default Bookmark Folder's options to get started.

There you may select a different folder that new bookmarks will be saved to. The extension lists all existing folders in the menu and you can select any of those. Note that you cannot create a new folder and need to do this in the Bookmarks library if you need to.

The extension's capabilities don't end there. You can flip a switch to add new bookmarks to the top of the folder when they are added instead of at the bottom which is the default in Firefox.

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You can make the same modifications for the Bookmark all Tabs option of the Firefox browser. Just scroll down on the page and modify the default folder and sort order for bookmarks of the folder using built-in functionality or through add-ons.

Default Bookmark Folder comes with another new feature that you may find useful. It may add what it calls a quick bookmark icon and quick bookmark shortcut to Firefox.

The quick bookmark icon gets added to Firefox's address bar just next to the browser's native bookmarking icon. The main advantage of using it is that you can bookmark or remove bookmarks with just a click on the icon.

The same can be enabled for the Alt-Shift-D shortcut to run the same operations using the keyboard.

Options are provided to set a default folder for these bookmarks -- which can be different than the folder for adding Firefox bookmarks regularly -- and to change the order of appearance of new bookmarks.

Default Bookmark Folder supports three additional options for quick bookmarks. You can block the removal of bookmarks so that you can use the quick action to add bookmarks only.

You can also enable an option to show the page as bookmark only if the bookmark is located in the selected folder.

Closing Words

Default Bookmark Folder is a useful extension for the Firefox web browser to change the save location for bookmarks in the browser.

Tip: Use Bookmark Organizer for Firefox to detect dupes and errors

Now You: Do you still use bookmarks?

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  1. Yuliya said on July 5, 2018 at 9:55 am
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    I’m bookmarking the whole internet here :)) imgur.com/k8p8ku6

    I have my address bar to show me bookmarks suggestions as I’m typing, which makes things extremely convenient, I don’t have to go through a search engine first before I reach what I want.

    The only problem is that since Firefox 57 I’m presented with a list which goes out of my screen at the bottom edge. It used to be smaller and with a scrollbar on v52. I’ll probably open an issue on their tracker some day, if there isn’t one already.

    1. Richard Allen said on July 7, 2018 at 5:57 am
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      If you use a userChrome.css file:

      /* Scroll AutoCompleteRichResults */
      #PopupAutoCompleteRichResult { max-height: 464px !important; }
      #PopupAutoCompleteRichResult .autocomplete-richlistbox > scrollbox { overflow-y: auto !important; padding-right: 3px !important; margin-top: -4px; margin-bottom: -4px; }
      #PopupAutoCompleteRichResult .autocomplete-richlistbox { padding-right: 0 !important; }

      You can change the max height to whatever works for you.

      1. Yuliya said on July 8, 2018 at 10:32 am
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        I used in the past. I’ll give this a try, still, it would be nice if Fx came like this by default.

  2. Hy said on July 5, 2018 at 11:08 am
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    This removes a huge annoyance for me–thank you very much, Martin, for this article and bringing this to my attention!

  3. Tom Hawack said on July 5, 2018 at 11:39 am
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    Further eases what already is with :

    Create a new bookmark (in the Bookmarks Toolbar if you want) and enter the following line as location :
    place:folder=UNFILED_BOOKMARKS

    That’s it — with this code we create a shortcut to the ‘Unsorted Bookmarks’-folder (instead of copy) and this folder can be placed in the Bookmarks Toolbar.

    [REQUIRES TO RESTART FIREFOX]

  4. Ahmed Fares said on July 6, 2018 at 3:37 am
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    For those of you who don’t like your icons changing position in the address bar each time you start Firefox, place this in your userChrome.css file. This is important as you will find yourself continuously clicking on the Default Bookmark Folder button.

    #pageAction-urlbar-default-bookmark-folder_gustiaux_com {-moz-box-ordinal-group: 99 !important;} /* Default Bookmark Folder */

    #star-button-box {-moz-box-ordinal-group: 98 !important;} /* this is wrapper for star-button, star-button alone does not work */

    You can use Browser Toolbox in Web Developer to find the codes for other items in the address bar. In my setup, Default Bookmark is on the far right, the blue bookmark star is just before that, and so on. The next number is 97 for the next item you need to add. You can switch the order as you please by changing the numbers for each icon, larger numbers are farther to the right.

    Note: This works on Firefox 62 and a few earlier versions. Versions further back used different names, which again you can find with Browser Toolbox.

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