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Mozilla Firefox: Find and Recover Lost Bookmarks

Do you know Mozilla Firefox makes a backup of your bookmarks regularly without you knowing about it? If you accidentally lost your bookmarks and forgot to make a backup, here’s how to locate and recover them.

Before starting, change Folder Options so your system shows Hidden Files and Folders. For full instructions, check out groovyPost’s article here.

Show Hidden Folders

Open Start Menu and click on your account name.
Start Menu Personal Folder

You’ll see a folder named Appdata in your profile folder. Double click to open it.

AppData

Navigate to Roaming >> Mozilla >> Firefox >> Profiles and you will see the profile folder. It will be names something funky .default like this example.

Mozilla Profile Folder

Open your folder and you will find a folder named BookmarkBackups.

bookmarks folder

Here you’ll find the current months backed up Firefox bookmark files.

bookmark backups

If you want a faster way to get to that folder, click Start and type: run into the search box. Hit Enter.

start run

Type: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ and click Ok.

run Menu Firefox

It will take you directly to Firefox Profile folder.

Mozilla Profile Folder

Now that you know there are backups of your Mozilla bookmarks and their location, import them into Firefox. Click the Firefox button and then Bookmarks.

show Bookmarks

Or simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+B to open the Bookmarks Library. Click Import and Backup >> Restore.

Then select the most recent bookmarks backup, or click Choose File to select a an older backup file – which is located in the directory shown above.

Bookmark Library

A confirmation window comes up. Click OK.

Bookmarks Revert

That’s it! You’re Firefox bookmarks will be restored to the backup you select.

3 Responses to Mozilla Firefox: Find and Recover Lost Bookmarks

  1. Ziggy December 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Not too long ago my hard-drive completely died. Just before it did I was able to save the AppData folder onto a portable USB drive. In that way I was able to recover all lost bookmarks as per your article for Firefox and also recover lost emails from Thunderbird.

    The AppData folder is one nifty folder, because there you will find things that you might just need in case of a complete computer breakdown. So one of the first things I now do is to set a schedule using Karen’s Replicator (Microsoft SyncToy is another good backup tool) to save this folder for all my computers.

  2. Brian Burgess December 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Cool. Thanks for the tip Ziggy!

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