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I decided not to use any "transfer" software/hardware when I migrate to my new PC.

I'll back up my data-files onto a external hard-disk and copy them to my new PC's hard-disk.

The programs I use most are WORD and EXCEL and my new PC includes the latest versions.

I can download the other programs directly from the web.

So far the only "bump" in my plan are my BookMarks.
I use the current version of Firefox as my browser.

I believe (actual praying) I can "copy" my Bookmarks onto my External Disk. Then subsequently copy/load them onto my new toy.

Search Mozilla Firefox via Windows-Explorer but wasn't able to locate any file called "Bookmarks".

Can anyone help ???

TIA !

Doug
 

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google

firefox bookmarks

that might be of some help in trying to find them. it a file somewhere in firefox no doubt.
 

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Do you still have your old PC? There is a Firefox add-on called Xmarks that will keep your bookmarks synchronized across multiple computers. Add it to Firefox on your old PC then you can just login to your Xmarks account on your new PC and it will transfer all your bookmarks.
 

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Do you still have your old PC? There is a Firefox add-on called Xmarks that will keep your bookmarks synchronized across multiple computers. Add it to Firefox on your old PC then you can just login to your Xmarks account on your new PC and it will transfer all your bookmarks.

Whoa !!!

If that'll "work" it'll be god-sent.

Lemme snoop and see if I can locate Xmarks.

Thanks a million.
 

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Do you still have your old PC? There is a Firefox add-on called Xmarks that will keep your bookmarks synchronized across multiple computers. Add it to Firefox on your old PC then you can just login to your Xmarks account on your new PC and it will transfer all your bookmarks.

Snooped around looking for Xmarks.
Didn't find it YET but found some other info.
Followed that and discovered the following:

Under C:\Documents and Settings\“my account
There’s a folder called “Favorites”.
That sure looks to be my bookmarks.

I wonder if I copy that to my new PC’s equivalent of:
C:\Documents and Settings\“my account”, etc.
if that will take care of my issue ?

My old PC is XP and new one will be (not delivered yet) Windows-7 Home Premium.
This is why I used the qualifier
“my new PC’s equivalent of: C:\Documents and Settings\“my account”, etc.”

Okay... I'll keep notes on that.

Now to continue my search for elusive "Xmarks".

Doug
 

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Snooped around looking for Xmarks.
Didn't find it YET but found some other info.
Followed that and discovered the following:

Under C:\Documents and Settings\“my account
There’s a folder called “Favorites”.
That sure looks to be my bookmarks.

I wonder if I copy that to my new PC’s equivalent of:
C:\Documents and Settings\“my account”, etc.
if that will take care of my issue ?

My old PC is XP and new one will be (not delivered yet) Windows-7 Home Premium.
This is why I used the qualifier
“my new PC’s equivalent of: C:\Documents and Settings\“my account”, etc.”

Okay... I'll keep notes on that.

Now to continue my search for elusive "Xmarks".

Doug

Hi Doug,

Here's the link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/xmarks-sync/

Richard
 

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Doug, I'm running the new Firefox 9 Beta. Up in the upper left corner there's a box with Firefox and an arrow in it. the drop-down menu has 'add-ons'. Open that and there's a search window. Xmarks is prominently featured as a download. Seems quite popular and has been around for some time.

Oh, that 'favorites' folder you found may well be your bookmarks.

Jim
 

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Doug, I'm running the new Firefox 9 Beta. Up in the upper left corner there's a box with Firefox and an arrow in it. the drop-down menu has 'add-ons'. Open that and there's a search window. Xmarks is prominently featured as a download. Seems quite popular and has been around for some time.

Oh, that 'favorites' folder you found may well be your bookmarks.

Jim

Thanks Jim !!!!

TUG is a place of unlimited knowledge and folks willing to share it !!!
 

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Doug, I'm running the new Firefox 9 Beta. Up in the upper left corner there's a box with Firefox and an arrow in it. the drop-down menu has 'add-ons'. Open that and there's a search window. Xmarks is prominently featured as a download. Seems quite popular and has been around for some time.


I'm still on Firefox 8.0 thus... so no such "box with Firefox and an arrow".

Oh, that 'favorites' folder you found may well be your bookmarks.
Jim

I believe it is !
Hopefully I'll be able to simply copy it into my new PC's equivalent.
 

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NOTHING is really bullet-proof:

Stumbled upon the following:

How do I remove Xmarks from Firefox. Xmarks freezes firefox on my computer?

when I start firefox, I get a screen attempting to get me to sign up for a new service which I do not want. Then I get a single purple bar that reads "sign into Xmarks" but there is no sign in area associated with it. With this bar in the way, firefox is frozen. I have deleted and reloaded firefox to no avail.
 

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Starting with Firefox ver. 3, your bookmarks and history of places you've visited are located in a database file in your Firefox profile called places.sqlite.

Mahalo Makai-Kane !!!

I'm saving all these tips for the BIG Day.

The "BIG" Day will be delayed because my new toy will arrive while I'm on vacation.

Doug
 

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Here are the bookmarks backup and restore instructions I found in Firefox 8.0. You should be able to copy the backup file to the new computer and then restore the bookmarks to Firefox there. The Favorites file you found should be your Microsoft Internet Explorer favorites (bookmarks).

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Backing up and restoring bookmarks
 
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Here's how *I* would go about it if I were setting up Firefox on a new computer.

  1. Make a full backup copy of your current profile. In recent versions it is really easy to find via menu path Help|Troubleshooting Information|Open Containing Folder. If your computers are not networked together, copy to a disk or thumb drive so you can access it from the new computer.
  2. Download the full installation package of the current version from www.mozilla.com
  3. Install Firefox on your new computer, just accepting all the defaults.
  4. Run your new Firefox and open your new profile folder via Help|Troubleshooting Information|Open Containing Folder, leaving the new profile open in its own window.
  5. Close Firefox and copy the contents of your old profile to your new profile - EXCEPT the parent.lock file. If you copy everything, this will copy all your bookmarks, passwords, history, settings, and everything else. If there are any problems with your old profile, it will copy them too. I'd suggest this is a good time to start with a clean new profile and only copy over only those files that contain the really essential data:
    • places.sqlite - bookmarks and history of places visted
    • cert8.db, key3.db, signons.sqlite - your signon and password information
  6. Open your new Firefox and download and install new copies of any of your old extensions that you really want. This is a good time to weed out those you no longer use or want.
 

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Here are the bookmarks backup and restore instructions I found in Firefox 8.0. You should be able to copy the backup file to the new computer and then restore the bookmarks to Firefox there. The Favorites file you found should be your Microsoft Internet Explorer favorites (bookmarks).

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Backing up and restoring bookmarks

Thanks Fred !!

Regarding Internet Explorer....
I RARELY use Internet Explorer.
Only for those rare instances where webpages are not displayed as designed, on Firefox.

Saving your suggestions !!!

Doug
 

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Here's how *I* would go about it if I were setting up Firefox on a new computer.

  1. Make a full backup copy of your current profile. In recent versions it is really easy to find via menu path Help|Troubleshooting Information|Open Containing Folder. If your computers are not networked together, copy to a disk or thumb drive so you can access it from the new computer.
  2. Download the full installation package of the current version from www.mozilla.com
  3. Install Firefox on your new computer, just accepting all the defaults.
  4. Run your new Firefox and open your new profile folder via Help|Troubleshooting Information|Open Containing Folder, leaving the new profile open in its own window.
  5. Close Firefox and copy the contents of your old profile to your new profile - EXCEPT the parent.lock file. If you copy everything, this will copy all your bookmarks, passwords, history, settings, and everything else. If there are any problems with your old profile, it will copy them too. I'd suggest this is a good time to start with a clean new profile and only copy over only those files that contain the really essential data:
    • places.sqlite - bookmarks and history of places visted
    • cert8.db, key3.db, signons.sqlite - your signon and password information
  6. Open your new Firefox and download and install new copies of any of your old extensions that you really want. This is a good time to weed out those you no longer use or want.

Sounds like good advice.
Start of with a clean slate !!!

Mahalo Nui Loa
 

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click "Bookmarks" at the top
click "show all bookmarks"
Export to html (up at the top) and save it to your external hard drive
Then Import it to the new computer
 

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thx Judith !

Not home but will try as soon as we return.
 
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