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Windows 7: Is it possible to open 'bookmarks' without opening the browser?

05 Jan 2015   #1
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Is it possible to open 'bookmarks' without opening the browser?

I am using Firefox and IE. Is there a way to open 'Bookmarks' or 'Favorites' pages, without first opening the browser.

Thank you,


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05 Jan 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I suppose so
Your favorites are in a folder inside your user folder so just make a shortcut to it and open it,
Click start and click on your user name listed near the top/ right
There you'll see the favorites folder Open it and right click the folder you want to access and send to Desktop create shortcut :/
Never tried it though,
Cheers.
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05 Jan 2015   #3
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you, It works for IE! Any ideas about Firefox Bookmarks?

Regards,
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05 Jan 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi thanks,
I have no idea what to do about Firefox :/
Cheers.
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05 Jan 2015   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Launching links via shortcuts

Suggestions:

Shortcuts can simply specify the website URL and file path to the browser's executable like this:

Internet Website Shortcut - Create

Just change the path so that it shows the Firefox executable.

Or if you like you can try Link Warlock

Add entries under the "Websites" group name and choose which browser you require to launch links.

Here's one I've just created. I used this program in the past but don't use it currently.

Is it possible to open 'bookmarks' without opening the browser?-link-warlock.jpg

Set browser:

Is it possible to open 'bookmarks' without opening the browser?-launch-setup_default-group-names-link-warlock.jpg

In fact it's even possible to add a website shortcut to your desktop right click menu:

Add SevenForums shortcut to context menu

Or you can use something like SideSlide but that's probably overkill!


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05 Jan 2015   #6
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you. This is very helpful. When it comes to Firefox bookmarks library, (the one that opens when you click Bookmarks>Show All Bookmarks, on the browser menu). It has no URL and the page simply says 'Library'.

The only way to open the library is to first open the Firefox browser to access the 'Menu', and then click Bookmarks>Show All Bookmarks. I wonder whether some method is there to open the library without having to open the Browser first. Like the method 'ThrashZone' gave me above, for IE.

Regards,
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05 Jan 2015   #7
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

See: Profiles - Where Firefox stores your bookmarks, passwords and other user data
Quote:
Finding your profile without opening Firefox

1. From the Start Screen, click the Desktop tile. The Desktop view will open.
2. From the Desktop, hover in the lower right-hand corner to access the Charms.
3. Select the Search charm. The Search sidebar will open.
4. In the search box, type %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\, without pressing Enter. A list of profiles will appear.
5. Click on the profile with “default” in the name to open it in a window.
While the instructions are Win8 style (use of charms), there is still pertitnent information ...
Navigate to the FF profile directory
%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

then drill down to the profile with default in it's name.

I haven't used FF for a while, so I'm not sue if you can go much further ... because:

Quote:
What information is stored in my profile?

Bookmarks and Browsing History: The places.sqlite file contains all your Firefox bookmarks and the list of all the websites you’ve visited. The bookmarkbackups folder stores bookmark backup files, which can be used to restore your bookmarks. For more information, see Create bookmarks to save your favorite webpages and Restore bookmarks from backup or move them to another computer.
The SQLite filetype is a database file and probably can't be read without an application:
The SQLite Database File Format

Mozilla support might have some methods that you could use, see: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox

Note: Due to IE's odd cookie retention I regularly move my bookmarks to a separate folder and place a shortcut to that folder in both the IE favorites folder and the links folder on my user profile.
What's the odd cookie retention? If you delete browser history when you close IE, cookies can only be preserved if they are in the IE favorites folder.

I only want to preserve certain cookies - banking and other sites that I log into on a frequent basis, plus a few that nag me for some action if the cookie isn't accessible).

To make that easier to manage, I created a Preserve folder in the IE Favorites and place the bookmarks for sites I want to retain cookies in that folder. It's a bit convoluted, but it makes moving new bookmarks to my secondary bookmarks folder really easy - all I have to do is move every except the Preserve folder to the other location.

I end up with a small list in my normal IE Favorites and can look at all the bookmarks in my archive if I need to, either in IE or in Explorer.

What I'd like IE to do is more like cCleaner and allow you to specify the cookies to keep - seems a lot more simple than my workaround.
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05 Jan 2015   #8
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
Thank you. This is very helpful. When it comes to Firefox bookmarks library, (the one that opens when you click Bookmarks>Show All Bookmarks, on the browser menu). It has no URL and the page simply says 'Library'.

The only way to open the library is to first open the Firefox browser to access the 'Menu', and then click Bookmarks>Show All Bookmarks. I wonder whether some method is there to open the library without having to open the Browser first. Like the method 'ThrashZone' gave me above, for IE.

Regards,
I think you have to export the bookmarks to do that.
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05 Jan 2015   #9
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
FF Bookmarks

I guessed that you were having trouble with your bookmarks. Try this add on:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...orter/?src=api

If you install it and click the icon in the toolbar you should see something like this:

Is it possible to open 'bookmarks' without opening the browser?-bookmark-sorter.jpg

If you see bookmarks library in the left pane - click on it. If you see anything else in the left pane try clicking on each entry. If all your bookmarks are listed somewhere in any or all of the entries - exit bookmark sorter and go back into your FF bookmarks and create new subfolders for bookmark categories then use bookmark sorter to move them into folders. It works best if you expand the window to full screen. Highlight a bookmark and select the destination folder. You can edit multiple entries at the same time then click "Sort"

You end up with something like this - bookmarks divided into folders:

Is it possible to open 'bookmarks' without opening the browser?-bookmarks.jpg


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05 Jan 2015   #10
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I just now downloaded & installed the toys mentioned above for my Firefox, thanks you all!
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