For bookmark instructions for the most recent Firefox version, check out our latest guide: Firefox 11 Bookmarks


FF9 Bookmarks



Exporting Firefox 9.0 Favorites

Learn to export bookmarks from Firefox 9.0 to use with a different browser or on a different computer.

The first step is to find the Bookmarks menu in the Menu bar towards the top of the screen.  If the Menu bar is missing and you do not see a Bookmarks menu, pressing the alt key on your keyboard will make the  menu appear. To enable the menu permanently, you can go to View > Toolbars and check the Menu Bar option.

When you have located the Bookmarks menu, click on “show all bookmarks” in that menu.

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Now a new window will open, titled “library”. Look for the “Import and Backup” menu at the top of this window. Click this button and choose “Export bookmarks to HTML”

Next you will be given the chance to choose where you want to save your bookmark file. I usually save mine to a USB drive, so that I can import my bookmarks on any computer at any time. You can save your file wherever is convenient for you.

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Importing Firefox 9.0 Bookmarks

If you are switching browsers or using a new computer, you will want to import your bookmarks. Follow these simple steps to learn how.

Just like in the steps to export your bookmarks, we will first need to locate the Bookmarks menu at the top of the Firefox window. If you do not see the menu bar with the bookmarks menu, press the alt button on your keyboard.

Select “show all bookmarks” from the bookmarks menu.

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The Firefox library window will open.  Click the Import and Backup button towards the top of the window, and select “Import bookmarks from HTML”.

The final step is to select the backup file you exported from your old browser and Firefox will import them all into the current list of favorites.

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Now that you have learned about bookmarks in Firefox 9, check out our tutorial on importing & exporting favorites in Chrome and Internet Explorer.




Export Bookmarks out of Safari

If you are switching computers but want to keep your bookmarks, you will probably want to export them all at once rather than add them all by hand in your new computer. This is very easy to do in Safari, when you know where to look. Start safari and look for the File menu towards the top right. Click file and you will see an option that reads “export bookmarks”. Simply press this button and select where you would like to save the backup file. I usually just save it to a flash drive so that I can easily transfer the file over to another computer.

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Need help importing your bookmarks to Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer? We have tutorials for that! Check them out here:
Firefox Bookmarks; Chrome Bookmarks; Internet Explorer Bookmarks

Importing Bookmarks into Safari

Importing your bookmarks into Safari is just as easy. Once more we find the “file” menu at the top of the screen, and we select “Import”. A window will pop up asking us to navigate to the backup file. Just select the backup file and your bookmarks will be imported! Nice and simple.

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Exporting Firefox 8.0 Bookmarks

Mozilla celebrated Firefox’s 7th birthday by releasing a new version. Here is how to Export your favorites in Firefox 8.0.

  • Begin by looking for the “Bookmarks” menu at the top of the window. If you do not see the menu bar, it might be hidden, press the alt key and it should pop up.
  • Under the Bookmarks menu, select “Show All Bookmarks”.

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  • Another window will open. Press the button towards the top that reads “Import and Backup”.
  • Out of the available options, choose “Export Bookmarks to HTML…”

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  • You will be given a chance to name your bookmark file and choose a place to save it. I usually save mine to the Desktop or to a USB drive so that I can find it easily when I need it.


Importing Firefox 8.0 Bookmarks

If you are using Firefox 8.0 for the first time on a computer, it may be necessary to import your favorites. Here is how to get it done.

  • Just as when you are exporting bookmarks, begin by looking for the “Bookmarks” menu towards the top of the window. This menu is hidden by default, so if you do not see the bookmark menu, pressing the alt button on your keyboard should make it show up.
  • Select “Show All Bookmarks” from the options given.

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  • The Library window will open. Click the “Import and Backup” button and select “Import Bookmarks from HTML…”.

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  • Now simply direct the program to the .html file where you have your bookmarks saved, and you are all set!

Now check out our tutorial on importing & exporting favorites in Chrome and Internet Explorer.


REDDIT EDIT 10/12/11: So I checked out my traffic stats and was pleasantly surprised when I saw a bunch of traffic from I tracked down the post where it was coming from in the /r/gadget subreddit. There was a load of comments, with some great suggestions for some portable apps I didn’t include in my original article. I’ve read over all the comments and tried out some of the apps you recommended. Here is an updated list of Portable Apps No USB Drive Should Be Without. Updates are highlighted in orangered.


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Top USB Drive Applications

Almost everybody I know owns a USB drive these days. Kids in elementary school are carrying them for schoolwork, seniors are keeping their medical records on them at all times and almost everyone at the office carries one on their key chain. While it’s great that these devices are becoming so commonplace, most people who own them are doing themselves a disservice by not taking advantage of the huge library of portable applications that run right off the flash drive, on nearly any computer.


Administration & Developer Tools

SarduCD – Use this to make a boot disk/usb with multiple linux distros and Windows operating systems. (thanks to reddit user, Browsing_From_Work, for the tip)

Knoppix – a Linux distro you can run from your USB drive or from a CD. Great for doing repair work on windows systems. (thanks to reddit user knightfelt)

Nirsoft – another awesome suite of utilities for password recovery, network monitoring, system tools and tweaks. Very useful. (thanks to redditor the sqlguy, great tip)

WinHex – computer forensics, data recovery, hex editor and disk editor. (Thank you to adaminc from

YUMI – can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. (credit for this one goes to shrapnel09)

Hiren’s BootCD - a suite of useful utilities (all open-source), some work within Windows, others require you to boot your system from CD/USB.

DriverPack Solution – An amazing tool that will detect and install/update drivers for all devices on your system. It saves you a TON of time since you’ll no longer have to go out and search for drivers. This tool uses the freely available DriverPacks –

Microsoft Security Essentials – Free Anti-Malware software by Microsoft. Be sure to download the x86 and x64 versions.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – Excellent Anti-Malware software by Malwarebytes.

HD Tune – Awesome Hard Drive Analysis tool, I highly recommend the Pro version if you have the cash.

Tweak-7/VI/XP – Three great little tools that let you tweak Windows 7, XP or Vista, respectively.

HijackThis – Awesome utility that scans a computer for changes possibly made by malware.

Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP – Terrible web browser, but you’ll need it if you ever do a repair install on an XP machine that had it installed. After you complete the repair install you’ll log into Windows and get stuck after logging in. Reboot into safe mode and install IE8, then reboot, and then you’ll be fine.

ShellExView – Get sick of programs adding their own entries to your context menus? This program can help you get rid of them.

Angry IP Scanner – Great tool for taking inventory of all devices on your local network.

Edit Pad Pro – a powerful and versatile text editor or word processor. The trial version boasts all the features of the full version (as long as you don’t mind the reminders to upgrade), though the software is well worth the $50 price.

– Another great text editor, especially for writing code.

Rkill – kill is wonderful when you need to stop viruses from running on a computer.

– Great tool to run after virus removal to restore your registry.

USB Drive Recovery Tools – For fixing broken USB drives and recovering data.

Trinity Rescue Kit – “CPR for your computer” This is a fully functioning linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues.

USBDeview – Useful utility that lists all USB devices currently installed, and all the USB devices that have been installed on your computer. Very useful for me personally as I work with USB drives often and had thousands of entries in my previously installed list, which I was able to delete with USBDeview. The utility also has other useful tools for running command line scripts whenever a new USB is inserted.

WinMD5Sum – A utility used to verify files. Useful for when transferring files to multiple devices.

Fun & Games

Jooleem Portable – a fun puzzle game that is reminiscent of Bejewelled

Warzone 2100 – single or multi-player strategy game.

Open TTD Portable - an urban planning game, much like SimCity.

Winboard Chess - An advanced chess engine. Brush up on the basics or train to take down grandmasters.

PokerTH Portable - a classic Texas Hold’em style poker game.

LBreakout2 – a breakout style game we all know and love. Use the paddle to keep the ball breaking down blocks.

Graphics, Images & Video

GIMP portable – the popular open-source alternate to Photoshop.

Blender Portable – 3D modelling, animation, rendering, post-production and playback.

Inkscape Portable – A vector graphics editor you can run from your USB drive.

VLC Player – plays just about any video file, great for presentations. (Thanks to bbqbot from


Opera Portable – Opera is a lightweight and customizable browser. It has a loyal userbase, and reddit user demonstro was not pleased that I left Opera off my list. Sorry Demonstro.

Mozilla Firefox Portable  - everyone’s favorite web browser on a flash drive. Except the people who like other browsers, it’s not their favorite.

Filezilla Portable – Full-featured FTP client you can run from your USB.

Pidgin Portable - a chat program that works with AIM, Yahoo and MSN accounts.




I’ve been keeping an eye out for cool USB drives and thought I would share some of the more unique ones I’ve come across lately.

These cardboard drives were made by Art.Lebedev Studios in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities. This is a great and novel idea, though the price of these may make them more of a novelty than a practical device. Still, the thought of being able to rip a USB drive off  a sheet of several is pretty cool, not to mention the “green” value of recyclable cardboard drives. Pricing and availability has not been posted yet, but I know I will be keeping an eye on these.



Another cool custom flash drive I found was this USB mini Digital Camera. Something like this is sure to impress your friends, after all, it is hard to believe that this device is capable of taking actual pictures. No bigger than a standard USB drive, this gadget has a 2 megapixel lens and can shoot both still shots and video. And though you won’t be shooting the clearest HD on the block, 720 × 480/30fps is more than reasonable for a camera this size. With a built in battery and usb port, there are no extra parts to lose, everything is attached to the camera, all in all, I’d say this is a pretty awesome device!

Lastly, I came across a photo gallery with a bunch of custom flash drives, some of which were pretty neat. They include a Lego Star Wars Darth Vadar figure, with his lower torso replaced with a USB drive. Other interesting drives included a set of dominoes, as well as a USB gentleman’s pipe. Classy!

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