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RE-enable Enable JavaScript

SettingSanity ReviewOver time Mozilla adds and removes features from Firefox that we all love or hate. SettingSanity is an add-on that will add back a few of those features you might have missed. SettingSanity is a solution to the inane removal of some of the most useful features in Firefox. It also adds the option of toolbar buttons for toggling Images and JavaScript without opening the Options window.

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Missing Thumbnails on the New Tab Page

Fix Missing ThumbnailsHave you ever run into the problem where thumbnail images are missing from your new tab page in Firefox? The new tab page’s purpose is to show you pictures of websites you visit frequently – however sometimes these images never load or are just missing.  However, you might be able to fix that!

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Rollback Your Bookmark Collection

Bookmark Restore Help

Backing up and restoring your bookmarks in Firefox is a pretty easy thing to do.  However, did you know that Firefox has a way you can rollback to a previous day’s bookmark backup?  This can save you a lot of heartache if you have accidently deleted a folder of useful bookmarks and you need to get them back in a hurry.

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How to Backup Firefox Bookmarks

Backing up your bookmarks is one of those chores you have on your to-do list but never get around to it.  Then when they are lost, you say – I wish I would have.  Here are a few Firefox bookmark backup techniques to help you out.

How to Backup Your Bookmarks Manually

From the Firefox menu bar go to Bookmarks >  Organize Bookmarks to bring up your bookmarks manager.  Now you want to click the top button that says Import and Backup.

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Next, select Backup.  This will bring up a “Save As” box where you can save your bookmarks to any location.  Make sure you leave the bookmark as a .json file too.  Since Firefox 3, this is the type of file Firefox uses for backups.  If you wish to export your bookmarks as an HTML file, go to Import and Backup > Export HTML.  That will give you the more traditional .html backup.

Recover Firefox’s Internal Bookmark Backups

bookmark-backupsDid you know that Firefox has been backing up your bookmarks all along?  They are in your Firefox profile folder.  First thing you need to do is find your profile folder for Firefox.  Depending on your operating system this may be in a different location.  If you are unsure, be sure to check out this previous post: 

Once you make it in there you should see a folder named “bookmarkbackups”.  Double-click that folder, and there you have some of your saved bookmarks that you thought you had lost waiting for you to restore them.  If you want more backups to be saved (default is 5) then check out this previous article on the simple about:config tweak you will need to do.

Backup Your Bookmarks with an Add-on

There are many extensions for Firefox that will help you backup too.  My personal favorite is Foxmarks, which comes with the additional feature of syncing them with another PC (another good backup technique in its own right).  Here are the best:

  • FEBE – The perfect add-on for those backing up and don’t wish to rely on other services.
  • Foxmarks – The greatest backup and syncing extension out there today.
  • Delicious Bookmarks – Yes, syncing with services like Delicious is another great way to backup your bookmarks.

Now the question is how do you and when did you last backup your own Firefox bookmarks?

Drag Tabs Between Windows

planet_mir-4.jpgHey, here is a cool new tip I just found out about. Say you have two Firefox Windows open with both having multiple tabs. You can drag a tab from one Firefox browser window to the next. Here is a better description of the cool tab tip from the source:

Users who have tabs open in multiple Firefox windows can drag and drop tabs across separate browser windows. Using this technique you can consolidate all of your tabs into a single window. Keeping all of your tabs will make Firefox (and the rest of your system slower) but also let you make the most of a the “restore session” feature.

Thanks to Lifehacker and Be Lazier for the information.

Turn Off Session Restore Window

Want to know how to turn off that annoying “session restore” window that you get when Firefox tries to start back up from a crash? Ok, maybe annoying is a little harsh. A lot of people like the window, and a lot of people don’t like it. Who am I to judge?

If you find yourself in the camp with the annoyed folks, this is what you do:

1. type about:config in your browser URL
2. go to the browser.sessionstore.enabled setting
3. change the setting to false

There you go! All fixed now. Thanks to the scott.hodson.blog for the source of this information, and Philip for sending me the link.

Restore Your Tabs

Since the release of Firefox 2, I have not used the session restore that is built into Firefox that much. In fact, I had nearly forgotten about it till I read this post over at Kyle’s Cove talking about how to get it setup.

There are some new features in Firefox 2.0 that haven’t received much mention yet. One of these is the new session restore feature. In the past, people have used Google Browser Sync or Tab Mix Plus to restore their Firefox tabs. Now, Firefox 2.0 allows you to do this without an extension (which I always find to be a good thing, as to many extensions can slow down your browser). Here is how to do it.

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Backing Up Firefox

One of the best tools I have found thus far for backing up your settings and profile in Firefox is MozBackup. I have tried them all, and this freeware program is the one I keep coming back to.

MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles.

It seems like some other backup programs for Firefox miss something, or don’t restore just right. MozBackup does just about everything right, and hasn’t done me wrong yet.

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