Firefox. Copy select folders from desktop to laptop

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  1. Posts : 141
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    Firefox. Copy select folders from desktop to laptop


    My wife has a desktop computer, named "Pamela8" (from when she had Windows 8.1) and on Firefox on her desktop in the "Bookmark Toolbar" she wants me to copy just 3 folders from there to her Firefox on her laptop, and have them separate. I renamed "An Essential Asst,", "Jenefarrms" , and "Scottieluvr" to "An Essential Asst8, Jenefarms8, and scottieluvr8 so that they would be different names, to distinguish them from the same names on her laptop. Her laptop has similar folder name, but the links in there are different.

    Rather than trying to "copy" each link, via emails, etc. She just wants to copy and paste those 3 folders from the Bookmark Toolbar on her Desktop, Pameal8 to her HP Laptop "Pamsparadise2" so that these 3 folders would reside in the bookmark toolbar and be accessible.

    I've tried back up, but that just deletes the original, which shed does not want to do as there are links in there she uses on her laptop. I tried copy and paste, that does not work. I tried export as html, but ti saves ALL the bookmarks not just the ones in the 3 folders. I tried highlighting those 3, even after renaming them with an "8" on the end, but I can't copy and paste.

    Any ideas on how to just select 3 folders and put them on a stick an then merge them into the existing folders in the Bookmark Toolbar?
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  2. Posts : 23,631
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    Gibbs said:
    My wife has a desktop computer, named "Pamela8" (from when she had Windows 8.1) and on Firefox on her desktop in the "Bookmark Toolbar" she wants me to copy just 3 folders from there to her Firefox on her laptop, and have them separate. I renamed "An Essential Asst,", "Jenefarrms" , and "Scottieluvr" to "An Essential Asst8, Jenefarms8, and scottieluvr8 so that they would be different names, to distinguish them from the same names on her laptop. Her laptop has similar folder name, but the links in there are different.

    Rather than trying to "copy" each link, via emails, etc. She just wants to copy and paste those 3 folders from the Bookmark Toolbar on her Desktop, Pameal8 to her HP Laptop "Pamsparadise2" so that these 3 folders would reside in the bookmark toolbar and be accessible.

    I've tried back up, but that just deletes the original, which shed does not want to do as there are links in there she uses on her laptop. I tried copy and paste, that does not work. I tried export as html, but ti saves ALL the bookmarks not just the ones in the 3 folders. I tried highlighting those 3, even after renaming them with an "8" on the end, but I can't copy and paste.

    Any ideas on how to just select 3 folders and put them on a stick an then merge them into the existing folders in the Bookmark Toolbar?



    Once you save the Bookmarks as HTML... you can just double click the HTML file to open it.
    Then... you can delete everything you don't want. Then just import the edited HTML file to the other Firefox.


    You may have to turn on the Menu bar to get the regular bookmarks tab.


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  3. NTN
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    I did it myself last year, but don't remember in detail how I did it..., but there is a way. You have to study little bit in the links under I'm afraid...
    Think the easiest way is to export the whole bunch first to the other PC, and then there delete those you don't need in the library.

    For the bookmarks you can use JSON backup (restoring replaces all current bookmarks) or an HTML backup (importing merges bookmarks).

    Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer | Firefox Help
    Export Firefox bookmarks to an HTML file to back up or transfer bookmarks | Firefox Help
    Import Bookmarks from an HTML file | Firefox Help
    For exporting the logins, see:

    Export login data from Firefox | Firefox Help
    You need to enable import CSV in the Password Manager (about:logins) via the about:config page as this menu item is currently hidden for performance reasons.

    about:config => signon.management.page.fileImport.enabled = true
    Configuration Editor for Firefox | Firefox Help
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  4. Posts : 1,228
    W10-Pro 22H2
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    Gibbs said:
    Any ideas on how to just select 3 folders and put them on a stick an then merge them into the existing folders in the Bookmark Toolbar?
    Go to 'manage bookmarks', rt-click on a folder of shortcuts and 'copy', then paste into a text file. Repeat as required, then copy the text files to the other PC, get FF 'manage bookmarks' open, copy the contents of one of the text files, then rt-click on a suitable bookmarks folder and paste. Repeat for other text files. I don't know if tags or keywords will be copied, but the links will.

    If you then need to combine with contents of other bookmark folders, drag and drop as required.

    hth, Martin
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  5. Posts : 8,175
    windows 10
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    Its simple sign in to firefox and set it to sync same with the other pc sing a song and after they will appear like magic
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  6. Posts : 141
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    Thread Starter
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    mngerhold said:
    Go to 'manage bookmarks', rt-click on a folder of shortcuts and 'copy', then paste into a text file. Repeat as required, then copy the text files to the other PC, get FF 'manage bookmarks' open, copy the contents of one of the text files, then rt-click on a suitable bookmarks folder and paste. Repeat for other text files. I don't know if tags or keywords will be copied, but the links will.

    If you then need to combine with contents of other bookmark folders, drag and drop as required.

    hth, Martin
    Thank you Martin,
    However, I cannot "paste" into the new folder I created in "Bookmarks Toolbar" . I went to her computer, opened Manage bookmarks and copied ALL the links. Saved it to a file. Then on my computer, to see if I could move just one folder, I created a folder with the same name as on her Desktop computer "Pamela8" and it is an empty folder without any bookmarks. However when I go to the txt files I created and had copied all the links into that text file, I selected all the text and tried to right click on the folder and "paste" . Does not work.

    HOW do I move a single folder in Firefox bookmarks from one computer to another?
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  7. Posts : 9,781
    Mac OS Catalina
       #7

    Sign into Firefox on both computers to sync everything in Firefox.
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  8. Posts : 141
    XP / 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Samuria said:
    Its simple sign in to firefox and set it to sync same with the other pc sing a song and after they will appear like magic
    Yes, that would work, and I have done that on my desktop and my laptop. However, that is not what she wants. She wants to KEEP her old book marks and add just 3 bookmark folders from her desktop to the bookmark toolbar (bookmarks) on her laptop. I have backed up and saved her bookmarks from her desktop and if you just go to Manage Bookmarks and choose "restore" and then choose "File" at the bottom, you can point to the backed up file and ALL of the current bookmarks are replaced with the backed up bookmarks from the desktop. Not what she wants. Keep all the bookmarks in the laptop, but add 3 bookmark "FOLDERS" from the desktop Fire Fox to her new laptop. in Firefox. Both computers run Windows 10.
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  9. Posts : 1,228
    W10-Pro 22H2
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    When you 'copy' a whole folder of bookmarks, the file thus created should start with the name of the folder. I just created one for my 'news' folder, and it looks like this:
    Note how its first line is 'news'. When I rt-click another folder and paste the complete text (including the first line), a new sub-folder called 'news' gets created under the folder I rt-clicked on. You should see something created when you paste - do you?
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  10. Posts : 141
    XP / 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    mngerhold said:
    When you 'copy' a whole folder of bookmarks, the file thus created should start with the name of the folder. I just created one for my 'news' folder, and it looks like this:
    Note how its first line is 'news'. When I rt-click another folder and paste the complete text (including the first line), a new sub-folder called 'news' gets created under the folder I rt-clicked on. You should see something created when you paste - do you?
    I do not see anything after "paste'
    However I cannot "paste" all the selected text into a "folder" called " An Essential Asst8" even though I created a folder by that name. I even created a line at the top with the folder's name.

    How do y ou create a folder with "links" in it from a text file?
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