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So, in Windows 7, I have a directory (and subdirectories) with a bunch of links to websites. Is there an easy way to recursively go through those links and turn them into bookmarks for Firefox?

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  • In what format are those links stored?
    – and31415
    Feb 25, 2014 at 21:35
  • It's a mixture of *.url and *.lnk files. Feb 27, 2014 at 23:24

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I assume you're talking about a bunch of .url files? Eg like those used in IE?

The easiest way I can think of is to export the files (and the folders they're in) from IE, and then import the resulting .htm file into Firefox.

If they're not currently in IE then copy all of the files and folders into a subfolder of c:\Users\\Favourites. If you now open your copy of IE you'll find they've been added to your favourites menu.

In IE press ALT to bring up the File menu, and select Import and export. Select 'Export to a file' and then just select the checkbox for Favourites. Select what you want to export, eg all of the favourites (selected by default), or a specific folder branch. Specify where you want to save the resulting .htm file, and if required give it a name other than the default "bookmark.htm". Click Export and the .htm file will be created, including details of the folders and which urls are in which folder.

Now in Firefox, go to Bookmarks then Show All Bookmarks to bring up the Library. Click Import and Backup, Import Bookmarks from HTML, select the .htm file you exported from IE and then click Open. All of those URL's will now be imported into Firefox, including their folder structure.

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  • -1 for not reading the question or addressing anything the OP is talking about, he doesn't discuss Internet Explorer at ALL. Your entire answer revolves around the assumption that he has the bookmarks stored in IE, which he clearly doesn't, they are stored in folders on his computer. Feb 25, 2014 at 19:19
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    Which is why I stated "If they're not currently in IE". The OP said that he's got "a directory (and subdirectories) with a bunch of links to websites" which unlike other browsers is how IE stores bookmarks. If they're .url files and not in IE then he can use IE as an intermediary step to achieve what he's trying to do. Feb 25, 2014 at 19:46
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might be worth looking at the firefox plugin plain old favorites http://www.iosart.com/firefox/plainoldfavorites/

as mentioned here: Sync iCloud bookmarks with Firefox in Windows 7

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