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  1. Posts : 2,487
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    Judy in Texas said:
    ignatzatsonic, how big your the bookmark file as it is used by the browser?
    I'm not sure what you are asking with that question.

    I use the Pale Moon browser, which originally was a fork of Firefox.

    My entire Pale Moon installation folder under C:\program files totals 101 MB.

    An hour ago, I backed up my entire Pale Moon "profile" using a tool provided with Pale Moon. That backup totals 267 MB, about 1/100th of your 26 GB.
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  2. Posts : 6,249
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #12

    FYI:

    In firefox show menu bar. Right click a blank area above the address bar.

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    Enable menu bar. Then "Bookmarks > Show all bookmarks" or Ctrl+Shift+B


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    Then import your html files.
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  3. Posts : 6,249
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #13

    In addition you could create multiple folders in the bookmarks toolbar and drag 'n' drop html shorcuts into them. In batches if needed.


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  4. Posts : 1,164
    W10-Pro 22H2
       #14

    Judy in Texas said:
    ignatzatsonic, how big your the bookmark file as it is used by the browser?
    Martin here: my backed up bookmarks file (~1800 bookmarks) is under 500 kB, but the places.sqlite file in my profile (C:\Users\mnger\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\losj3o06.default) is 25MB. Looking inside it with a hex viewer shows it contains a lot more than simply the links - I have no idea why. However, if yours is 26GB, then simple scaling suggests some 2 millions bookmarks and a backup file of 500MB. I expect that is unlikely, but if your places file is that large, then it contains much more than links.

    Have you tried backing up your bookmarks and checked the file size?

    Following on from my first response, I thought of suggesting you could keep different copies of sqlite and drop them into your profile as required, but could not recommend it as I didn't know how well that would work. But after asking about your bookmark backup, another thought occurs: you could backup all your current bookmarks, then throw out all but one 'category' and then back that category up with an appropriate label. Repeat for each category, then simply restore the backup to match your current needs.

    But you could achieve the same with folders, simply moving the current category to the top of the bookmark menu by choosing an appropriate name - or even burying the unwanted ones under a folder beginning with z (so they are at the bottom of the list). Lots of possibilities...

    hth, Martin
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  5. Posts : 87
    W10 pro 22H2
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       #15

    Martin, I just checked and my bookmarks as exported to HTML are 45,512KB and as .json are 6,836KB. The Places file is 10,240KB. This is probably manageable on the laptop.

    I want to be able to move from the laptop to the desktop more easily. I have never used Firefox by signing in, but that seems to offer more and more advantages as features evolve. If I understand correctly, this would allow me to sync the bookmarks by just signing in on either the desktop or the laptop.

    I will also investigate your idea of making a separate backup file of the categories that I do not expect to use on the laptop.

    I'll leave this thread open for a little longer, in case someone else has an idea, and to give me a chance to report on how this works out.
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  6. Posts : 5,893
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #16

    Judy in Texas said:
    The file is about 26gb and putting the whole thing on the laptop would be a big hit on its disc space.
    You sure that's 26gig? I'd think you have to bookmark every page in all the worlds encyclopedias and perhaps still fall short of 26gig.

    Anyway, like ignatzatsonic, I use folders to organize my bookmarked content. I have bookmarks going back 20 years and my entire collection comes in at 9.3 meg.

    And for the record, that 10,240KB equals 10 megabyte (Computer Storage Units Conversion Calculator) so unless you have an exceptionally small hard drive you wound't even notice the space taken by a 10 meg file.
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  7. Posts : 1,164
    W10-Pro 22H2
       #17

    Judy in Texas said:
    I want to be able to move from the laptop to the desktop more easily. I have never used Firefox by signing in, but that seems to offer more and more advantages as features evolve. If I understand correctly, this would allow me to sync the bookmarks by just signing in on either the desktop or the laptop.
    I can recommend signing in and using sync - it was troublesome when it first arrived (old bookmarks kept coming back from the grave), but means I can see all my bookmarks on any PC I log in with (after a short delay). I think that to avoid the zombie bookmarks, it is important to have an empty bookmark store when signing on to the second and subsequent PCs.
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