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Is there a way to completely uninstall Firefox while saving the bookmarks?

Asked by MissAnthrope (21460points) September 2nd, 2010

I have been having little issues with FF for ages, such as, for whatever reason, I am unable to use the whisper style on Fluther (trust me when I say it’s only this computer, this particular instance of FF), or that it never asks me if I want to save tabs when I quit, it just does it. So, now there’s a load of little things going wrong, getting bigger, I’m over it and I need to start over completely.

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling FF using the uninstaller, hoping that would fix it, but no dice, same issues. I’m thinking there’s some registry issue or something else going on, but whatever the case, I want to completely uninstall FF (including deleting registry entries), but I have no idea how to save my bookmarks.

I’d rather not start over again, as I’ve built up these bookmarks over a few years. Anyone know how to save them?

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Austinlad's avatar

Absolutely! There’s an export feature that will let you save your FF bookmarks on your desktop. You can then import them into any other browser. It’s either under the File tab or Bookmarks tab, can’t remember which.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Thanks! That sounds awesome and perfect. I don’t see an ‘export’, but I’ll poke around. :)

Edit: Wait, maybe I found it!

Austinlad's avatar

I’m not using FF right now so I can’t walk you through it. Someone else might jump into this thread. But if you Google your question, I guarantee you’ll find a page of instructions. It’s REALLY easy once you do it once. Good luck.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks > Import & Backup > Backup…

Did that, hopefully that works. ;)

Austinlad's avatar

You got it!!!

rebbel's avatar

Are you into add-ons, @MissAnthrope?
For example there is one that is called Session Manager that stores all your sessions for you so that you can, upon opening FF again, choose which session (from which day) you want opened (including any multiple tabs).
I am sure there is also an add-on (or more then one) which manages bookmarks (storage/archiving) although that is a bit late for you now.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Yeah, I love the add-ons, though right now, Google Toolbar is being very recalcitrant, grrrr. Part of the reason I just need to nuke everything and start over. No idea what I did to poor Firefox that it should end up this way. :)

rebbel's avatar

Ah, great.
Then i don’t have to tell you more about it.
And yes, some add-ons are quite useful.

Vincentt's avatar

Especially the tab saving problem sounds like it could be easily fixed, but in any case, you most likely don’t need to reinstall Firefox (it might not even work). What you can do is just delete your profile folder (which should be especially easy to find if you use the latest version of Firefox). Then when you next start Firefox, all your preferences have been deleted and Firefox will be as new :)

After that you can restore the backed up bookmarks and be up and running again in no time.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Vincentt – Hmmm, okay.. I will check that out! Thank you. :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Vincentt – You get the prize!! Whisper works now, yaaaaaaaay!

Vincentt's avatar

Good whisper on :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

Thanks again to the three of you! The fix was much quicker thanks to @Vincentt, plus I was able to save my favorites thanks to @Austinlad. Special thanks to @rebbel for making me realize there are a lot of add-ons I didn’t know about, but should check out. :)

rebbel's avatar

I am glad we could be of help, you are most welcome!

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