Windows 10: Firefox - Make Desktop Shortcut to Library / "Other Bookmarks" ?

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  1.    07 Dec 2017 #1

    Firefox - Make Desktop Shortcut to Library / "Other Bookmarks" ?


    I have this Shortcut that opens to "All Bookmarks"

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -chrome chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

    . . . but, how do you change it, so it opens to "Other Bookmarks" . . . which is a sub-directory of "All Bookmarks" ?

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    "Ctrl + Shift + B" with Firefox open does what I want, but uses the keyboard . . . Is it possible to make a Shortcut that does "Ctrl + Shift + B" on Firefox?

    Keyboard shortcuts - Perform common Firefox tasks quickly . . . https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/keyboard-shortcuts-perform-firefox-tasks-quickly#w_bookmarks

    Library window (Bookmarks) . . . Ctrl + Shift + B

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    This might work, but I don't know the syntax:

    Firefox internal commands . . . http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2871035#

    PlacesCommandHook.showPlacesOrganizer("UnfiledBookmarks");

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    For example, this doesn't work in a Shortcut, or as a .BAT file, using the "<" as "Redirection"

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" < PlacesCommandHook.showPlacesOrganizer("UnfiledBookmarks");

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  2.    07 Dec 2017 #2

    mb1280 said: View Post
    I have this Shortcut that opens to "All Bookmarks"

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -chrome chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

    . . . but, how do you change it, so it opens to "Other Bookmarks" . . . which is a sub-directory of "All Bookmarks" ?
    Use:

    chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksPanel.xul

    within the browser, though; just bookmark it.

    if you try to make a desktop shortcut of it, you'll get this useless truncated version of the Bookmarks Sidebar on your desktop!

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  3.    07 Dec 2017 #3

    Thanks . . . that shows another way to do it, but doesn't take me directly to "Other Bookmarks."

    It got me to think though, the "-chrome" command I've been using, what is that? Like "chrome" on a car? Is that the metaphor? (yes, see below). It's similar to an http:// command.

    So the command I've been using pulls up an XUL "skin"? . . . So the answer is to modify that "skin"?

    "places.xul" doesn't come up when I search for it . . .

    So I guess the question has become, where is "places.xul" (I looked, nowhere to be found), and can I take a copy, and modify it, so it default opens you to "Other Bookmarks" ?

    Here are links I looked at:

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    Mozilla Command line options . . . Load the specified chrome . . . -chrome . . . as in . . . "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -chrome chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul . . . Command Line Options - Mozilla | MDN

    Providing Command-Line Options - Mozilla | MDN . . . Extensions and XUL applications can modify the way command line parameters are handled by writing a component that implements the nsICommandLineHandler interface and registering it in a category . . . Providing Command-Line Options - Mozilla | MDN

    Modifying the Default Skin - Mozilla | MDN . . . Outdated info, but provides a clue . . . A skin is a set of style sheets, images and behaviors that are applied to a XUL file. By applying a different skin, you can change the look of a window without changing its functionality. Firefox provides a skin by default, and you may download others. The XUL for any skins is the same, however the style sheets and images used are different . . . Modifying the Default Skin - Mozilla | MDN

    XUL - Mozilla | MDN . . . XUL (XML User Interface Language) is Mozilla's XML-based language for building user interfaces of applications like Firefox. The term XUL is sometimes used to refer to the whole Mozilla platform (e.g. XUL applications are applications using XUL and other components of the platform) . . . See XUL Tutorial link on this page . . . XUL - Mozilla | MDN

    Chrome - Glossary | MDN . . . In a browser, the chrome is any visible aspect of a browser aside from the webpages themselves (e.g., toolbars, menu bar, tabs). This is not to be confused with the Google Chrome browser . . . Chrome - Glossary | MDN

    Browser and GUI Chrome . . . I don't know who came up with the term "chrome," but it was likely a visual analogy with the use of metal chrome on big American cars during the 1950s: the car body (where you sit) was surrounded by shiny chrome on the bumpers, tail fins, and the like. Similarly, in most modern GUIs, the chrome lives around the edges of the screen, surrounding the middle area, which is dedicated to the user's data . . . Browser and GUI Chrome
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  4.    08 Dec 2017 #4

    mb1280 said: View Post
    Thanks . . . that shows another way to do it, but doesn't take me directly to "Other Bookmarks."......
    If you leave 'Other Bookmarks', and only 'Other Bookmarks' expanded, it will...

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  5.    08 Dec 2017 #5

    I tried that, thanks! . . . Yes, I see that it stays expanded, but:

    Bookmarks Library . . . I added this "chrome" to my Bookmarks Toolbar, then . . . It prefaces each new Bookmark I make with "(1) " . . . Access to the URL is there, if you want to edit it . . . chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

    Bookmarks Panel . . . I added this "chrome" to my Bookmarks Toolbar, then . . . It prefaces each new Bookmark I make with "(1) " . . . It's not as good as the "stand alone" skin, because if you want to edit the URL, you have to do "right-click" / Properties to get to it . . . chrome://browser/content/bookmarks/bookmarksPanel.xul

    Bookmarks messed up . . . Firefox Support Forum . . . So how do I fix it, how my new Bookmarks are now all prefaced with "(1) " ? . . . Firefox automatically creates backups of your bookmarks . . . To recover them, go to: Bookmarks / Show All Bookmarks / At the top of the Library window, click on "Import and Backup" / Select Restore, and click the date of the bookmark backup you want to recover . . . I selected the previous day - works, back to normal . . . https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1034239

    places.xul - DXR . . . Maybe I can take a copy of this code, put it in a text file, give it a different name with the .xul extension, and edit it, so the "cursor" defaults to "Other Bookmarks"? . . . What part of the code would I change to what? . . . I would need to use an XUL editor. Are there any free ones? What are they? . . . I would just be modifying the code for this "skin" a little bit . . . Is there anything I need to watch out for, so I don't mess up the bookmarks, or Firefox, when I used it? . . . It seems like too much work, too much time to learn, and easy to mess things up. For now, I think I'll just stick with using the standard "places.xul" or Ctrl + Shift + B . . . https://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/source/browser/components/places/content/places.xul
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  6.    09 Dec 2017 #6

    Conclusion: To delete Bookmarks from Firefox, the easiest way is to use . . . Ctrl + Shift + B . . . or . . . . . . Bookmarks / Show All Bookmarks . . . because it defaults to the "Other Bookmarks" sub-directory
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  7.    13 Dec 2017 #7

    Oddly enough, it works on FF 56!
    (As does 'FTDeepDark'!!!)

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  •    13 Dec 2017 #8

    The reason I wanted to know . . . please see what I just posted here today, 12/13/17 . . . I have one more link to add:

    Bookmarks - How to extract them from places.sqlite, and save as a .CSV . . . Bookmarks - How to extract them from places.sqlite, and save as a .CSV | Firefox Support Forum | Mozilla Support
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  •    13 Dec 2017 #9

    mb1280 said: View Post
    The reason I wanted to know . . . please see what I just posted here today, 12/13/17 . . . I have one more link to add:

    Bookmarks - How to extract them from places.sqlite, and save as a .CSV . . . Bookmarks - How to extract them from places.sqlite, and save as a .CSV | Firefox Support Forum | Mozilla Support
    Heck, if you wanted to do something like that, you could put live links into Sticky Notes!

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  •    13 Dec 2017 #10

    Edwin said: View Post
    Heck, if you wanted to do something like that, you could put live links into Sticky Notes!

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