Firefox Tip - Easily Copy Your Bookmarks

by Scott on November 5, 2008

Maybe this is common information that everyone knows, but I’d never seen it before last week when I did it by accident.  When you right-click a folder icon in your Firefox Bookmarks and select Copy you get the folder name, the URLs under that folder name, as well as the additional folders under that folder and their content all placed on the clipboard.

For example, if I select the folder shown below and select Copy it will place the Cooking folder title on the clipboard as well as the URLs of the items in the folder.


Here’s what can be found on the clipboard:


One other great use of this tip is that if you right-click any of the items at the top of the Bookmarks folder, such as Organize Bookmarks and select Copy, your complete library of bookmark URLs will be placed on the clipboard as well as the folder names.


This appears to only work in Firefox 3.0 (I have 3.0.3 at the moment).  I tried it on my laptop that still has 2.something and it did not work.


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1 Andrew Zimmerman 11.08.08 at 10:19 am

Thanks a lot for that tip

2 Matt 11.09.08 at 9:57 am

Whats the point though?

3 Scott 11.09.08 at 7:54 pm

The tip would be good for sending a group of bookmarks to a friend or colleague at work. If you wanted to send all the bookmarks for a specific project at work, this tip would save a little bit of time.

4 devolute 11.10.08 at 5:28 pm

Great tip, will help me sort out my ridiculously large bookmarks collection before I migrate to

5 Transcontinental 11.13.08 at 5:04 am

Nice tip indeed. Makes everyday life easier!

6 tamago 11.25.08 at 12:26 pm

amazing discovery! thanks

7 Tsudohnimh 12.01.08 at 12:27 am

Wow. Great find and excellent firefox articles. Count me as a new subscriber.

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8 christian 12.01.08 at 7:23 pm

How do you do to find my old bookmarks after the upgrade?
I forgot to save before the upgrade.

9 Scott 12.01.08 at 8:27 pm


I don’t think it will delete the old bookmarks if you can find your profile folder. It’s usually under the C:\Documents and Settings\”Username”\Application Data\Mozilla\FireFox\Profiles\”Some Strange Number”

Hope this helps.

10 mistasparkaru 09.01.09 at 4:57 am

You could also import them into that way you will never have to back them up again and you have them with you where-ever you go. easy.

11 Don.a.dio 06.20.10 at 5:06 pm

Is there any way to copy the columns as they appear in the bookmark window with Name, Tag, and Location?

12 Scott 06.25.10 at 1:49 pm

I couldn’t find any way of doing what you needed. Sorry.

13 Thomas J 07.06.10 at 1:09 pm

Thank You very much Scott excellent tip.
I am now able to do some editing 1 folder at a time……..

Tip To All
Save Word document as a Word Document
Then save again as a WEB PAGE

Now you can open the web page version in your browser,and do what your going to do. (delete, edit, open all in tabs, open single Tab , re bookmark, copy and paste the address bar into another browser and effectively save the hyperlinks into that browser, import 1 or 2 folders only into another browser etc, etc, etc.

Then any changes amend on the word version and save the new version as WEB PAGE VERSION 2……(With the amendments) etc,etc

As I previously said EXCELLENT Tip Scott……

14 Maria Cna Training 10.25.10 at 5:02 pm

Yay, I can’t believe this is so easy, I was doing this other way around I export the bookmarks as an HTML file (bookmarks > organize > file > export > named html file) and then edit the file in an editor before sending the file to the next computer for Importing. So stupid and frustrating, specially because I was doing this on daily basics. Thanks Thanks Thanks million time!

15 Maria Cna Training 10.25.10 at 5:06 pm

Btw you really should consider adding some tweet buttons and something like that, it’s much easier just click button then other way around.
I just share this grate thing with my followers.
Thanks a bunch

16 itok 11.15.10 at 7:40 am

Hebat! (Great in Indonesian)
This great tips makes my computing life easier.
Terima kasih = thank you!

17 andrew 01.07.12 at 8:42 am

very good idea - i was getting a bit frantic trying to work out how to export them! Thanks

18 Mark 03.17.12 at 9:41 pm

won’t work for me to save my life, even w/the latest version.

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21 Debbie 05.27.13 at 11:23 am

Actually you put me on the right track. I clicked on “Bookmarks”-”Show all Bookmarks”-”Import and Backup”- “Backup”. I saved the file to a thumb drive. Then I went to my other computer and did the same sequence, except instead of “Backup”, I clicked on “Restore”. This allowed me to browse to the file on my thumb drive and overwrite all bookmarks with the file I had saved. All of my bookmarks now show up in the order I had them on my other computer. Hope this helps, guys.

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