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I need to manually create a Live Boomark in Firefox by specifying the URL myself.

There are no options to do this inside the Bookmarks menu or the "Show all Bookmarks" / Library window. You can copy and paste existing live bookmarks, but you can't edit their properties (other than name)

Researching this topic points to instructions that are at least 6 years old. The menu options they refer to don't exist in the latest version of Firefox.

Has this feature been completely removed? Is it still possible with the latest Firefox?

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  1. In Firefox select Bookmarks -> Show All Bookmarks.

  2. In the navigation pane on the left-hand side of the Bookmarks window, click on the little black triangle next to the Live Bookmarks folder to display its contents in the central pane of the Bookmarks window.

  3. Right-click anywhere on the central bookmarks pane and from the popup menu select New Bookmark.

  4. A New Bookmark window will open up. In the New Bookmark window, you can type the name and URL of your new bookmark.

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I couldn't find a Live Bookmarks folder. When Firefox creates a new live bookmark it puts it in my Bookmarks Toolbar folder. –  Ein May 11 '13 at 11:36
    
Are you sure? When I do this the 'Live Bookmarks' folder doesn't appear to be recognized in any special fashion. Creating bookmarks inside that folder also only creates normal bookmarks, even if I give it the same URL from one of my Live Bookmarks. –  Ein May 11 '13 at 12:57
    
I don't see an orange RSS icon anywhere inside the 'Bookmarks >> Show All Bookrmarks' window, even inside the folder called 'Live Bookmarks' that I created. –  Ein May 11 '13 at 14:30

As far as I know there is no way to directly create a live bookmark from within Firefox. However, the following (not necessarily convenient) procedure should work for you.

Save the following HTML file to a local file on your disk:

<!DOCTYPE NETSCAPE-Bookmark-file-1>
<!-- This is an automatically generated file.
     It will be read and overwritten.
     DO NOT EDIT! -->
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
<TITLE>Bookmarks</TITLE>
<H1>Bookmarks Menu</H1>

<DL><p>
<DT><A FEEDURL="http://feeds.com/users:1234/feed.rss" HREF="http://feed.value.cannot.be.overridden.by.user.com">Generic RSS Feed</A>
</DL>

(Don't worry that this doesn't look like a typical HTML file.)

Then edit the FEEDURL value. Don't bother trying to set the HREF value, it will be updated from the value provided by the RSS feed (unfortunately, this is what I had wanted to do).

Now you can use the "Import and Backup"->"Import Bookmarks from HTML" function of the Bookmarks dialog ("Show All Bookmarks") to add it to your bookmarks.

If you are uncertain, you can use the ProfileManager to make a new experimental profile to check if this works as you wish (I used it extensively while researching this question).

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