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After updating my Firefox from version 12 to version 13, my bookmarks favicons have gone.

I wonder whether it's possible to force the browser to only download/refresh the favicons for all my bookmarks without visiting the websites themselves.

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CheckPlaces will do the job. But its gone. :( – criziot Jun 23 '12 at 19:37

In the Firefox Bookmarks Manager you can right click Bookmarks Toolbar under All Bookmarks, and select Open all in tabs. It still visits the websites, but at least you don't have to visit each website separately.

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{Chuckle} And then watch as your Firefox session crawls to a halt and explodes after it opens a few hundred or thousand tabs. Yay! BOOM. Good answer, but mine would self-combust!! – lornix Jun 24 '12 at 7:53
    
Thanks. Best solution so far. :) I had 55 tabs to load :) – 8m47x May 28 at 16:17

I've had good experiences with FavIcon Reloader, but unfortunately it's sometimes very hard to find exactly how to bring up its window.

Currently, you can right click on one of your bookmarks on the Bookmark Toolbar to bring up a menu, this should have an option to bring up the FavIcon Reloader window.

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Reloader has now been removed and is no longer available. – brettdj Apr 16 at 7:12

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