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how to backup and restore forefox 4

Posted on 2011-10-25
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Dear Professionals,

I have to format my windows 7 and so worried how to back up and restore my Firefox version 4 bookmarks, folders and taps. Please have a look at the photo as i have too many taps that need to be backed up and restored
Question by:AussieSilver
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There's a tool available, mozbackup which allows you to backup and restore firefox and thunderbird profiles:


Personally I use xmarks, which is a firefox add-on to synchronize your bookmarks. This has the advantage that you always have your bookmarks available, also on other PC's. just, within firefox, select addons and then search for xmarks.

Newer versions of FF also include "sync" as a built in tool, with which you can do the same thing, but from my point of view xmarks is better.

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thanks. will xmarks backup my tab folders?
how to use it ?
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It backs up your last open tabs, but I have never used it to restore them, so don't know about that. You create an account with xmarks, and then whenever you add a new bookmark it gets saved online at xmarks in your account. Next time you open another firefox on another PC with xmarks installed, and with your account setup, it'll retrieve the changes from the server. You can also access your bookmarks by opening the xmarks link directly from a PC that doesn't have xmarks installed (and using any other webbrowser), and logging in to your account. You can then see a list of your bookmarks and you can access them. That is useful in internet cafe's or on PC's that aren't yours.

But for now I'd use the mozbackup tool, as it saves your full firefox profile.

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FF version does an auto backup

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