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When I search bookmarks I can't find a way to locate the folder of the result.

I have many bookmarks folder and subfolders and most folders and subfolders contain some bookmarks. When I cannot remember or guess the folder where a bookmark resides but I know I have it, I can search for bookmarks and all results are listed and I can click each result. There are properties of each result displayed. I would expect that the folder where a bookmark lives is an important property, but I cannot find this information.

Is this a one way street? Once you put it somewhere you have to always remember where you put it, otherwise no way to locate it? Is such a basic back reference missing in the Firefox bookmarks search?

Edit: In the meantime I found a related question (my question is also asked as a secondary question there), just for reference: How to search for bookmark folders in Firefox

Edit 2: This was already filed as a bug: https://bugzilla.Mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=196509 as pointed out by m_cowen_uk in his answer.

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White Alice0775 is your saviour, and helps a bit with my problem.

Show Parent Folder Add On works around bug 196509 - so it has already been reported. I've also installed Go Parent Folder to go with it.

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    Both Show Parent Folder and Go Parent Folder addons apparently have been removed by its author. – fbmd Aug 7 '17 at 12:34

Do your search. Bookmarks. Organize Bookmarks. Search Bookmarks. Like You and other said there it is. So double or single click (whichever) and go to the site. Now right click the tab itself. Click Bookmark this Tab. Since you already have this Bookmark, the Edit this Bookmark window appears. Name of Bookmark (website) Folder (Name) What your looking for. There is (2) two drop down arrows next to the folder name. Choose (click) the one furthest right. Which now allows you to scroll down to the highlighted folder and information needed to say, THERE IT IS! I KNOW THIS WILL HELP ( konmaan )

Helpful Hint: open two browser windows, reading this one working on the other.

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    little complicated, but works! Even without an add-on! I didn't think this will be possible, though installing the add-on is a way for me :-) – Tomas Apr 2 '12 at 14:43
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    It's nice to know that trick, but it doesn't work if the target page has moved. – ʇsәɹoɈ Nov 3 '14 at 22:53

I can't see any way to show the folder in the search results - maybe there is an add-on that will do what you want...

Wondering why this hasn't occurred to me even though I like to keep my bookmarks organised, I think that when I look in the bookmark folders for a bookmark and can't find it, I use the organise bookmarks tool and just cut and paste it into a (hopefully more) sensible place. Where it comes from within the folder tree is irrelevant.

I don't actually use the bookmark folders very much any more - I tend to just type directly into the address bar and let Firefox search through its database...

Perhaps you should file a bug?

  • Thank you, very helpful. Maybe I'll look for an add-on. It would be good for firefox if someone filed a bug. Or maybe there is a reason why they don't include it, at least it should be discussed. I am not filing a bug myself, I leave this to people who know what they are doing. – Glen S. Dalton Jan 22 '10 at 12:50
  • Not very public spirited of you - I have submitted a bug, hopefully I won't get too much abuse for filing something that the Firefox people think is stupid - I have never submitted a bug for Firefox before.. – Neal Jan 22 '10 at 13:21
  • Hi, Neal, that's great. Sorry, I just have to draw a line somewhere, my computer time is too limited. I just decided not to get involved in firefox development because I am already on too many projects. I try also to spend a lot of time contributing stuff. – Glen S. Dalton Jan 24 '10 at 12:43
  • Do you have a link to the reported bug? – Glen S. Dalton Jan 24 '10 at 13:02

This should work on pretty much all versions, without plugins, but will require some work on your end.

I had inadvertently dragged a bookmark folder into another.

First, export your bookmarks.

Current instructions are https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer :

  • Menu: Bookmarks/Show All Bookmarks

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Second, open the exported bookmark file with a text editor and search for the item of interest.

Currently Firefox exports to json format, but puts everything on one line. In my case, I was able to use a Sublime Text, for which I have Prettify HTML, Javascript command that puts each bookmark on its own line and nests them.

In my screenshot you can also Export to HTML. That might make be easier to search than the JSON option I picked.

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