This question here describes how to find the total number of items in Firefox's Bookmarks menu, with the caveat that it only counts folders and files in the top-level directory - meaning that folders containing other files or folders will be counted as single items, resulting in a skewed bookmark count when you rely on folders to keep your bookmarks organised.

There are third-party Add-ons such as Total Bookmarks and Bookmarks Manager and Viewer that allow you to manage bookmarks, and probably offer more accurate bookmark counts as part of their functionality, but having to use a non-native Add-on for such a simple feature seems like a waste of resources, and I'd rather avoid it if I can.

As of Firefox 52.0.2, is there a native way to view a count of all bookmarks?

  • Possible duplicate of How many bookmarks do I have total in Firefox? – rugk Apr 13 at 15:58
  • That question was the very first link in my question, and the very premise that mine is based on. Maybe if you'd read the whole of my question, and how the answer to it differs from the one you consider it to be a duplicate of, you'd have been able to conclude for yourself that it isn't a duplicate. – Hashim Apr 13 at 16:18
  • Oh sorry, did not see your first link. That said, actually, it is a dupe, because the question asked for the same, only the answer did not take folders into account. Actually this answer here shows a possible solution to the same problem. And it does count all bookmarks from all folders. – rugk Apr 13 at 16:22
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    Ah, this is your only concern. Well yeah, a closed answer is still visible, but one should possibly arrive at the best-formulated question or so. Don't know which factors need to be considered there. I don't care which answer is closed, it should just be one answer that is open for this topic, and they should be properly cross-referenced… (As such, also marked the other as a dupe of this one.) – rugk Apr 13 at 18:45
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    So then you'd better of voting for superuser.com/questions/1024575/… as a dupe of this one. Again, as said, I thought Stackexchange actually wants question just be closed as dupes of the first known question, i.e. time is what matters. But let the close votes decide… – rugk Apr 13 at 18:47

Actually, yes, you can.

Thanks to this Mozillazine article: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Counts_-_Counting_bookmarks_history_links_and_other_data_-_Firefox

Open the Bookmarks library by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-B, then place ":" in the Search field to return all bookmarks.

You can now press CTRL-A to get the total count.

  • It's ridiculous that this is hidden so deep into FF's functionality, but regardless, wow - nice find. Thanks! – Hashim Mar 31 '17 at 23:29
  • Not sure I'd call it deep. It's not commonly known (I didn't know myself until I read past the first couple results of a Google search today), but it's right there in the main Bookmarks library view. I'd guess not many people need this information. – music2myear Mar 31 '17 at 23:31
  • Not deep into the functionality, true, just into the documentation, like they figured no-one would need to know, even though to me it seems a lot more commonly needed a number than the amount of items in the top-level directory. I just feel like it should be a relatively prominent UI feature given how simple a requirement it is and how much white space there is in the Library view. – Hashim Mar 31 '17 at 23:41
  • For me the shortcut is CTRL+SHIFT+O (FF 66 on Linux). – nh2 Apr 11 at 22:11
  • Here is another solution: Using the restore menu to count the bookmarks.. Strangely though, both give me slightly different results… Maybe the restore menu only shows an "old" backup, from the same day, however. (no time included) Actually, I guess, however, it there also includes other "entries" like folders, possibly, as it is really a lot larger… – rugk Apr 13 at 16:27

Open the Bookmarks library by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-B, then place SPACE (by pressing the space bar) in the Search field to return all bookmarks.

You can now press CTRL-A to get the total count.

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