How to Sort Bookmarks in Firefox 3

Filed under: Firefox, How To 

If you just upgraded to Firefox 3 then you may be encountering this very annoying error – not being able to sort your bookmarks!

I had the same problem when I upgraded to FFox 3 early this week and was almost tempted to go back to FFox 2 when I couldn;t sort my bookmarks. Basically, I would open the Organize Bookmarks menu and then sort my bookmarks by Name. However, as soon as I closed the menu, all my bookmarks would revert to theor unorganized state!

Anyway, thanks to ‘Gang’ (FFox Support Forum), I’d like to share with you the solution he/she recommended, which worked for me!

  1. In Firefox 3, from the Bookmarks menu, click Organize Bookmarks.
  2. On the now open Bookmarks sidebar, right-click Bookmarks Menu and then click Sort by Name.
      Sort bookmarks in FireFox

That’s it! Simple, isn’t it? Anyway, I hope this solves your bookmark sorting problems too!


18 Comments to “How to Sort Bookmarks in Firefox 3”

  1. esoter1c says:

    THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. abNORMal says:

    Thanks. This works, but it doesn’t show in the right pane when you do it. You finish this task then go look at your bookmarks in Bookmarks, THEN you see a sorted list. I kept thinking it wasn’t working, at first.

  3. Jules says:

    @abNORMal – The screenshot was indeed after the sorting. I replaced it by a more appropriate one.


  4. Firefox user says:

    I just tried the (too) obvious:
    Selected Bookmarks from the menubar, right clicked on a folder and selected “Sort by Name” from the context menu.

    The added benefit is that it sorts by name and leaves further sub folders (sub-sub folders) at the top of the list, like Windows usually does. Sorting by name under “Organize Bookmarks” mixed the folders in with the other links.

    You still have to do it folder by folder though. Not too bad, except for bookmark packrats like me.

    I’m using FF v.3.0.5, so maybe that’s standard by now.

  5. Firefox user says:

    ..hmm – a slight wrinkle is that I know roughly when I bookmarked something (and thus its original place in the list), but not what it’s name is – so now some things are harder to find….unless I actually rename the link to something sensible when bookmarking. And you can’t undo this sort. (shows up as “unsorted” in the Organize Bookmarks menu)
    Time for brain-retraining. But better in the long run, I’m sure.

  6. Jules says:

    @Firefox user – The sorting has its benefits, but can have drawback as you point out. I’d suggest to always properly (re)name your bookmarks, as it can save a lot of time.

    Since you mention brain-retraining, have a look at the article about the Vista Start menu. That tool is really all about visual memory, so you might like it.


  7. TheColdFusion says:

    Yes, I’m familiar with this as the only way to sort ‘Bookmarks Menu’ items. But it takes a very very long time on a long list. Any way to optimize it? Earlier version (1,2) did not have this problem.

  8. Jules says:

    @TheColdFusion – FireFox 3 indeed is a lot slower with regards to bookmarks than earlier versions. Actually that problem was introduced in version 2 already.
    To my knowledge there is no way to speed it up, we’ll have to wait until it is addressed in the program itself.

    You can try a bookmark export, reinstall FireFox 3 and import the bookmarks, but I would not expect it to help…


  9. quasar1334 says:


  10. In response to abNORMal, my bookmarks re-sorted in the right pane but took a while (about 10 seconds) as I have a long list of bookmarks in Firefox.

  11. Saba says:

    Thanks !
    It was annoying knowing not.

  12. Mick says:

    Thanks a bunch. I have collected many bookmarks and was having problems location them. Now alphabetically speaking it will be easy.

  13. Loke Kwok Lim says:

    I’m afraid I am still unable to sort my bookmark following the instruction given, ie 1. click Organise bookmarks. 2. on the now open bookmarks sidebar – right click bookmarks menu and then click “sort by name”. After doing all this, still the bookmarks are not sorted. I am using firefox the latest version

  14. Pegg says:

    Thank You!!! I thought I was going crazy!

  15. Sharon says:

    Thank you so very much!!!

  16. Ellis says:

    Thank you!!!

  17. Chucko says:

    Doesn’t work. Period. Will not sort subfolders…

  18. Chucko says:

    Have to sort each subfolder 1 at a time. I have 10. Plus sub-subfolders. Ouch! The pain of time spent on something that should have been fixed long ago… Sigh…

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