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A few minutes before I leave my desk, and I have add a lot of new bookmarks. How to force Firefox to sync my bookmark right now to my firefox account ?

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The accepted answers are no longer valid with Firefox 30... – Peltier Jul 9 '14 at 9:27
Pressing [Alt] to bring up the menu and then going to Tools → Sync Now works for me in FireFox 30. – Richard Jul 11 '14 at 15:04
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Firefox → Sync Now, or if you have the menu bar enabled, Tools → Sync Now.

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I found it myself... Soooo obvious :) – Pierre Sep 28 '11 at 13:40

As far as I know, nothing has changed much in the latest versions of Firefox except the user interface :
One sets up the sync in menu "Tools → Options → Sync", then uses "Tools → Sync Now".

If you do not see the menu, right-click an empty space in the above panels and click on "Menu Bar".


If the problem is with the new panel that is opened by the Firefox button missing the "Sync Now" icon, click the Customize button in that panel, drag the "Sync" button on the left into the panel, then close the customize tab.

You can now click on "Firefox → Sync" to sync now.

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I agree this works but the menu bar is arguably a thing of the past. Is there really no way to do this within the new interface? – Peltier Jul 9 '14 at 11:53
I described above how to, by customizing the panel that is opened by the Firefox button. – harrymc Jul 9 '14 at 12:04
...and the bounty is for you! (in 20 hours) – Peltier Jul 9 '14 at 13:01
You can also drag the Sync button (from the Customisation screen) near the Awesome bar for easier access. – DragoonHP Jul 11 '14 at 12:44
@DragoonHP: Correct, one can drag it to any panel at all, even downwards. – harrymc Jul 11 '14 at 13:29

Mouse users: Strike an [Alt] key and the menu appears (Firefox 29) then > Tools > Sync Now

Keyboard users: Alt+T > S

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For all versions of Firefox (including 30, the latest at the time of this post) you can press Alt and then, when the menu appears at the top, select Tools → Sync Now.

In addition you can also reduce the sync duration:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar, hit enter and confirm you'll be careful.
  2. Search for services.sync.syncInterval
  3. Change this value to any value in milliseconds you want. If you want every 15 minutes then you need to set this to 900000 (which is 15 x 60 x 1000).
  4. Close and restart Firefox.
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Or you may just click on the firefox sync logo (to be found on the lower right in the status line)

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Not present anymore in Firefox 6 and 7 (and neither, technically, is the status line). – grawity Sep 28 '11 at 13:54
yeap, same problem as grawity – opensas Feb 18 '14 at 11:03

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