How to Create a Bookmark Toolbar in Firefox

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Whether you have many bookmarks or only a few, it can come in handy to have at least some of those bookmarks readily available. The Firefox browser allows users to create a bookmarks toolbar that will display multiple bookmarks and bookmark folders in a clickable format. Bookmarks also display with the appropriate icon, making for quick identification. As with traditional bookmarks in Firefox, a bookmarks toolbar will compile additional buttons into a drop down menu on the right end of the toolbar. The bookmarks may be easily added to, deleted from and rearranged.

Things You'll Need

  • Firefox browser
  • Open your Firefox browser. Verify whether it is currently displaying an active bookmark toolbar. Do this by looking for a toolbar being displayed that shows “Getting Started” and “Latest Headlines” buttons on the far left side. This is your bookmark toolbar. If it is not displayed, click on “View” and then “Toolbars.” There should be a check mark next to “Bookmark Toolbar.” If there is not, check that option.

  • Open up the web page of your most used bookmark. In the address bar you will see an icon and the url for the site. Use your mouse to click and drag the icon onto your bookmark toolbar.

  • Repeat the previous step with each of the bookmarks that you use the most. If more are added to the bar than can fit, a continuation symbol (“>>”) will appear at the far right end of your toolbar. Clicking on this will open up a menu that will display the rest of your bookmarks. Drop each new bookmark into the place you wish it to be on the bookmarks toolbar or in the continuation menu.

  • Click on “Bookmarks” to locate folders or additional bookmarks you wish to add to the toolbar. Use your mouse to click and drag folders and bookmarks onto your toolbar or into the continuation menu. Place each where you would like it to appear.

  • Create folders for your bookmark toolbar and continuation menu to organize it. Do this by finding the place you wish to locate the new folder. Right-click on the space, bookmark or folder directly to the right of where you would like it placed. This will open up a menu with an option for “New Folder.” Click on this option. A dialogue box will pop up that will allow you to give your folder a name and description. Enter the appropriate information and then click on “Add.” If you want the folder to be located in the continuation menu, right-click on the bookmark toolbar space, bookmark or folder that is directly below where you would like your new folder to be placed. Select "New Folder." Fill in the dialogue box and then click on "Add."

  • Load new bookmarks into folders by dropping the first one onto the highlighted name of the appropriate folder. After that, each new bookmark can be loaded directly into the folder and in its correct place by dropping it into the opened folder.

  • Add separators to further organize your bookmark toolbar and continuation menu. Locate the place you wish to put the separator. Right-click on the bookmark, folder or space immediately to the right of where you wish to place the separator on your bookmark toolbar row. This will place your new separator directly to the left of where you clicked. To place one in the continuation menu, right-click on the space, bookmark or folder directly below where you would like the separator to be. Select the option for “New Separator.” This will automatically place your new separator directly above where you right-clicked.

Tips & Warnings

  • Display and hide the bookmarks toolbar by clicking on “View” and then “Toolbars.” Check the bookmarks toolbar if you wish to view it; uncheck the bookmarks toolbar if you do not.
  • As with other features in the Firefox browser, there are add-ons/extensions available to tweak your bookmark toolbar and add some fun to it. The Firefox add-on section of the Mozilla website will display all the currently available add-ons for the various builds of the Firefox browser.
  • Rearrange your bookmarks by clicking and dragging them into the new location.
  • If you minimize and maximize your browser window, it will affect the appearance of your toolbar. The top listing(s) in your continuation menu will appear on the toolbar when it is long enough. When the toolbar is too short, the bookmarks/folders on the right end of the toolbar will get moved into the continuation menu.
  • If you use the "sort by name" option in your continuation menu, it will include all the bookmarks and folders that are currently displayed in your bookmark toolbar, as well.

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