Bookmark Manager – the collection of your favourite, most frequently used WWW websites – has for years been remained one of the most popular features of each and every Web browser. How can you use its full potential in Mozilla Firefox?
In Mozilla, you can add new bookmarks to the manager by clicking on the star symbol that is placed in the far right part of address tab. You can also use a hotkey: Ctrl+D. If you click on the star again a small menu window will appear.
By default Firefox saves all your bookmarks in a folder called Unsorted bookmarks. However, if you want to keep your favourite websites in order you should try to sort them out and put them in some kind of order. To do it, you should access your Library. To do it, go to main menu and in Bookmarks click on Unsorted bookmarks. (Alternatively, you can press Ctrl+Shift+B.) There you can find two elements that are interesting to us at the moment: Bookmarks Toolbar and Bookmarks Menu.
The first one can be launched with a button that you find right to the address bar. An additional interface window appears that is perfect for placing your most frequently attended websites.
In Bookmarks Menu you can create new subfolders, as well as sort your links into various categories to access them quickly in the future. (You can also place them in that additional interface we mentioned earlier.) From the Library you also have a quick access to the History or Downloads.
All the bookmarks that have been added since you “cleaned up” your browser can be found, as you already know, in Unsorted bookmarks. Administrative features can be found under Organize – you can, for example, create folders in here.
If you would like to sort your bookmarks, e.g., in alphabetical order, all you have to do is to go to Views and choose Sort – there are many criteria according to which your bookmarks can be placed.
In Import and Backup you can find options for importing and exporting your bookmarks to an HTML file. To do it you need just to follow a short tutorial that allows you to set destination folder for your HTML save. This option, however, is good for those who like to store their URL addresses locally.
If you like to keep your things online so you can access them from virtually any device, try Firefox Sync. You can find it on the welcome site of the browser, along with other icons in the bottom of the screen.
To sync your data, set up an account (it takes just a few minutes!) and after you receive a synchronization key that is saved on your hard drive as an HTML file, you can add new devices (such as a smartphone or a tablet) by using special codes.
You can choose what elements you would like to sync. You can sync bookmarks only, or you can also sync passwords or settings. Your data will be send and retrieved automatically. You can also make the program sync data at any given moment by clicking Sync now.
If you use a bookmarks tab in Mozilla quite often but you don't like the way they are presented in Mozilla, you can install an expansion such as Smartest Bookmark Bar. It allows to, for example, remove text labels from tabs and display only icons.
There are other programs that aim at making life easier. Bookmark Favicon Changer helps you to change the icons that accompany websites (and their bookmarks) to images that are prettier or more understandable to you. To manage URLs you can also use Bookmark Deduplicator. This program is useful when you want to get rid of any duplicated bookmarks in your rich collection.