Nov 29, 2008

Firefox - Organizing Bookmarks

You may want to organize the bookmarks you've saved in Firefox. This article describes the methods you can use to arrage, sort, categorize, and clean up your collection of bookmarks.

Re-arranging bookmarks

You can change the order in which bookmarks appear in the Bookmarks menu with the Bookmarks sidebar or the Bookmarks Manager.

Re-arranging using the Bookmarks sidebar

To re-arrange bookmarks or bookmark folders using the Bookmarks sidebar:
  1. Display the Bookmarks sidebar by clicking on the View menu, selecting Sidebar, and then selecting Bookmarks.
  2. Expand the folder you want to re-arrange by double-clicking on it.
  3. Click and drag the bookmark or folder you want to move. If you want to move it into a different folder, drag it on top of that folder.
    • If you want to make a new folder, right-click in the sidebar and select New Folder... from the context menu.
The item you moved will now appear in the position or folder you specified.

Re-arranging using the Bookmarks Manager

To re-arrange bookmarks or bookmark folders using the Bookmarks Manager:
  1. Display the Bookmarks Manager by clicking on the Bookmarks menu and selecting Organize Bookmarks.... The Bookmarks Manager will appear.
  2. In the Bookmarks Manager, change the bookmarks view to manual sorting by clicking on the View menu and selecting Unsorted.
  3. Expand the folder you want to re-arrange by by double-clicking on it.
  4. Click and drag the bookmark or folder you want to move. If you want to move it into a different folder, drag the it on top of that folder.
    • If you want to make a new folder, click on the File menu and select New Folder....
The item you moved will now appear in the position or folder you specified.

Re-arranging the Bookmarks Toolbar

To change the position of an item on the Bookmarks Toolbar:
  • (Bookmark) Click and drag the bookmark you want to move. If you want to move it into a folder on the Bookmarks Toolbar, drag it on top of that folder.
  • (Bookmark folder) While holding down the Shift key, click and drag the bookmark you want to move. If you want to move it into a folder on the Bookmarks Toolbar, drag it on top of that folder.

Sorting bookmarks

You can sort bookmarks alphabetically with the Bookmarks sidebar or the Bookmarks Manager.

Sorting using the Bookmarks sidebar

To sort bookmarks by name using the Bookmarks sidebar:
  1. Display the Bookmarks sidebar by clicking on the View menu, selecting Sidebar, and then selecting Bookmarks.
  2. Right-click on the bookmarks folder you want to sort and select Sort By Name from the context menu.
The bookmarks in the folder will be sorted alphabetically by name. Only the bookmarks in the folder you specify will be sorted - the sub-folders inside it will not be sorted unless you specify them.

Sorting using the Bookmarks Manager

To sort bookmarks by name using the Bookmarks Manager:
  1. Display the Bookmarks Manager by clicking on the Bookmarks menu and selecting Organize Bookmarks.... The Bookmarks Manager will appear.
  2. In the Bookmarks Manager, change the bookmarks view to manual sorting by clicking on the View menu and selecting Unsorted.
    • Note: The sorting options in the View menu only apply to the Bookmarks Manager window; they do not affect the Bookmarks menu or Bookmarks Sidebar.
  3. Right-click on the bookmarks folder you want to sort and select Sort By Name from the context menu.
    • To sort the main Bookmarks folder, right-click on a blank spot in the right half of the window and select Sort By Name from the context menu.
The bookmarks in the folder will be sorted alphabetically by name. Only the bookmarks in the folder you specify will be sorted - the sub-folders inside it will not be sorted unless you specify them.

How to Delete a Bookmark

You can remove bookmarks you've added with the Bookmarks sidebar or the Bookmarks Manager.

Deleting a Bookmark using the Bookmarks sidebar

To delete a bookmark with the Bookmarks sidebar:
  1. Display the Bookmarks sidebar by clicking on the View menu, selecting Sidebar, and then selecting Bookmarks.
  2. Right-click on the bookmark you want to delete and select Delete from the context menu.
The bookmark will be removed.

Deleting a Bookmark using the Bookmarks Manager

To delete a bookmark with the Bookmarks Manager:
  1. Display the Bookmarks Manager by clicking on the Bookmarks menu and selecting Organize Bookmarks.... The Bookmarks Manager will appear.
  2. Find and select the bookmark you wish to delete.
  3. On the toolbar, click Delete.
The bookmark will be removed.

Note: If you accidentally delete a bookmark, you can undo the delete action by clicking on the Edit menu and selecting Undo.

 
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