Last week I was in a hurry and made a rookie mistake. I was working on a project and needed for some weird reason (using a software program that is not compatible with Firefox – . . . MindManager. . aahemm. .. ) to get a copy of all my Firefox bookmarks into some strange and weird program called Internet Explorer 7.
I had not heard of this program which devotees sometimes call IE7, but I needed to find a way to import in a copy of my Firefox bookmarks, so that I could then use some special function in the desktop software program that I was working with on this special project.
The Problem – I lost my Firefox Bookmarks!
So after I imported bookmarks into this IE7 beast, I noticed about a day later, that I had lost about 80 percent of my bookmarks in Firefox.
Why 80 percent and not 100 percent?
I have no idea. For some reason the bookmarks in about 100 folders that I had were deleted from Firefox. They still exist in Internet Explorer which imported them but they were stripped out of Firefox.
So the quick lesson I learned from this, is actually one that I learned a long time ago with IE 6 (yeah I actually had used this beast before, but tried to block it from my memory). You need to back up your Favorites and Bookmarks to separate special files and folders on a regular basis. If you add lots of bookmarks often, then you may want to back up more often, if not, maybe quarterly is good enough.
How to back up Firefox Bookmarks
This is pretty easy. Just go to the Bookmarks button on the Firefox menu, click on the Bookmarks manager. This will open up a new window and you can now select the export option under the file menu of the Firefox bookmarks menu. Make sure you send it to a safe place!