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Windows 7: Favicons: I Need To Find The File Path

13 Apr 2015   #21
Callender

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Just a quick note to say that if you copy your places.sqlite file and save it somewhere it "should" restore your bookmarks (and bookmark folders) if copied into a new FF profile. Check with Anak though!

For now try opening the file with your text editor and inspect the contents.


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13 Apr 2015   #22
Callender

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Forget that last post- it doesn't work!
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13 Apr 2015   #23
Callender

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Backing up bookmarks to a .json file works for sure. I've just deleted all bookmarks and bookmark folders then restored them no problem. Personally I'd suggest malking a copy of your Profiles folder and Profiles.ini file before the fresh install. Wait for Anak to get back!
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13 Apr 2015   #24
Anak

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Sounds like you are well prepared.

One thing I might suggest is to print out any parts of the uninstall and or reinstall that may sound complicated, remember, when you install Firefox you will not have Internet Explorer to fall back on because you need to make sure you have all other programs closed including Internet Explorer to ensure a good install.
Thank you for telling me this! I don't have a printer but I can get it done in a day or two. I forgot to ask two more things.

*Do I leave just as they are, all icons and favicons on desktop and folders?

*Of the two options available in Firefox Library for saving Bookmarks, I exported using both options and saved in 'My documents'. The option "Backup" made a .json file in notepad format. The option "Export Bookmarks to HTML" made an .html file with a Firefox icon. The latter shows full details clearly and includes my Bookmarks Folders with their names as well. If you remember, I asked you about Folders earlier. The former (.json) is not easy to read and does not show folders at all. Which of these should I use when importing Bookmarks after clean installing Firefox, if I want to see all my Bookmarks with their Folders exactly as they were in my old Firefox.

Thank you
You're welcome.

There is no hurry for the printing, but it will be invaluable during the uninstall/reinstall process. Once you have the print-out and before you start go over all the steps again so they are fresh in your mind even to the point of double checking your print-out against the web page you printed it from, I'm assuming from here: Uninstalling Firefox - MozillaZine Knowledge Base You may even want to print out this thread for reference, go to the top of your #1 post you'll see Thread Tools to the right and click on that to open then click on Printable Version.

This is an optional item, but I've gotten in the habit of restarting my machine after I uninstall a program then install a program especially if it's the same program, I feel it gives the new program a fresh canvas to work with, you could even do a restart after the reinstall, but that's entirely up to you.

I'm unsure what you mean here:
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*Do I leave just as they are, all icons and favicons on desktop and folders?
  • Are they the bookmark backups/exports Folders?
  • Are they those hidden icons you asked about earlier?
  • Anything on your desktop during the uninstall/reinstall process will not be affected so anything there will be okay.

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*Of the two options available in Firefox Library for saving Bookmarks, I exported using both options and saved in 'My documents'. The option "Backup" made a .json file in notepad format. The option "Export Bookmarks to HTML" made an .html file with a Firefox icon.The latter shows full details clearly and includes my Bookmarks Folders with their names as well. If you remember, I asked you about Folders earlier. The former (.json) is not easy to read and does not show folders at all. Which of these should I use when importing Bookmarks after clean installing Firefox, if I want to see all my Bookmarks with their Folders exactly as they were in my old Firefox.
It is prudent to have extra backups/exports but you will be working with the .json backup file. You will use the former, the .json file.

You could use either, but you will have better results with the .json file, the html works better if you're importing Firefox bookmarks into Internet Explorer.

And Callender has a point, It would also be prudent to make a copy of your Profiles folder and Profiles.ini file, if you don't remember how to get back there see my instructions in the beginning of my post #2. the .inf file is located at
Code:
C:\Users\your user name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox
Right below the Profiles Folder. It was helpful of you to mention those two Callender, Thank you!


Yes I remember, and if you recall I explained in my post#2
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The majority of what you see will be in programming language, but you can see the links to your saved bookmarks.
Even though the .jason file doesn't have quite the programming language as the places.sqlite file, it is this programming language that creates and places the bookmarks back in the order you set before you saved them

When you're finished with the install open Firefox and go to the History menu open it and click on Show all History then Import and Backup. Point to Restore and click on the most recent version, let Firefox do its thing until its finished then check the layout of the bookmarks toolbar.

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14 Apr 2015   #25
Melita

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Do I leave just as they are, all icons and favicons on desktop and folders?

I am not unsure what you mean here:
  • Are they the bookmark backups/exports Folders?
  • Are they those hidden icons you asked about earlier?
  • Anything on your desktop during the uninstall/reinstall process will not be affected so anything there will be okay.
I wasn't making myself clear I was asking what I should do with all the favicons made using Firefox, and files with Firefox icon (both of these are found on my Desktop and my personal Libraries and Folders). Do I leave all of them as they are?
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And Callender has a point, It would also be prudent to make a copy of your Profiles folder and Profiles.ini file, if you don't remember how to get back there see my instructions in the beginning of my post #2. the .inf file is located at
Code:
C:\Users\your user name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox
Right below the Profiles Folder. It was helpful of you to mention those two Callender, Thank you!
  • Do I save these two files in external media using the right click context menu>'send to' option or is there a better method?
  • Where should I save them? If I save them in the wrong place in the computer, wouldn't the new Firefox use them, making the whole exercise futile?
  • I have made many new bookmarks since I backed up my Bookmarks a few days ago. If I want these new ones also in my new Firefox, I should make a new backup just before I un-install Firefox?
Regards,
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14 Apr 2015   #26
Anak

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
I wasn't making myself clear I was asking what I should do with all the favicons made using Firefox, and files with Firefox icon (both of these are found on my Desktop and my personal Libraries and Folders). Do I leave all of them as they are?
  • Anything on your desktop and in your personal Libraries and Folders during the uninstall/reinstall process will not be affected so anything in those locations will be okay.

Quote:
  • Do I save these two files in external media using the right click context menu>'send to' option or is there a better method?
  • Where should I save them? If I save them in the wrong place in the computer, wouldn't the new Firefox use them, making the whole exercise futile?
  • I have made many new bookmarks since I backed up my Bookmarks a few days ago. If I want these new ones also in my new Firefox, I should make a new backup just before I un-install Firefox?
Regards,
1.) You can save the profile and profile.inf anywhere you like, be it an external drive, on the desktop or a folder you have created, but not in any Mozilla or Firefox related folders.

2.) See the end of #1; but not in any Mozilla or Firefox related folders.

3.) Yes, you should.
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19 Apr 2015   #27
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Very disappointing result! The clean install went off perfectly. After un-installing Firefox and deleting all the folders as specified in the MozillaZine link, computer was restarted, at which point all favicons, on the desk top and in every other place in the computer (Libraries Folders etc.), changed as shown in the first picture (Gmail) in the attachment 1 here:
Favicons: I Need To Find The File Path-capture.jpg
All these favicons had the proper web page favicon before.

Firefox was re-installed and created the usual short cuts on the desk top and task bar with the usual Firefox favicon. Restarted the computer but all favicons that went wrong remained the same. Bookmarks were restored perfectly as they were before. More damage was done here. Every book mark lost it's favicon and now shows a blank box. Attachment 2 here:
Favicons: I Need To Find The File Path-bm-favicons.jpg
New bookmarks get saved with the proper favicon. New web pages that are saved to the desktop comes with the blank white favicon (Windows 7..), as shown in the first attachment. This is exactly as it was before Firefox was un-installed.

Regards,


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19 Apr 2015   #28
Callender

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

Well currently I use Cyberfox rather than Firefox and it's the same. If I drag a bookmark to the desktop it does't retain the favicon. I had limited success with an add on for changing favicons but it was hit and miss and didn't always work properly.

The problem seems to be the way in which Windows creates shortcuts. See here for an explanation.

How do I set a custom icon for a desktop URL shortcut?

How many bookmarks do you need to keep "outside your browser" and stored elsewhere on your machine? If it's just a few you can create your own like this desktop shortcut:

Favicons: I Need To Find The File Path-shortcut.jpg

The one highlighted in a green square opens Seven Forums URL in Cyberfox browser when clicked. The one in the right click context menu does the same thing.

How to:

Right click on desktop and select New > Shortcut

In the window that opens type "Path to browser's executable" Desired URL

Wrap the path in quotes and leave a space before the URL like this:

Favicons: I Need To Find The File Path-create-shortcut.jpg

So instead you'd need to replace the browser executable path with the one for Firefox.

Once you've done that get the webisite's favicon and download it to a folder for favicons.

Then right click the shortcut and choose "properties" - on the shortcut tab choose "change icon" then browse to the one you downloaded.

Favicons: I Need To Find The File Path-change-favicon.jpg

That's a lot of work if you have lots of shortcuts. Look on the bright side - at least you've got a fresh install of Firefox!

Personally I just open my browser and navigate to the bookmark when I want to visit a website. However I've also used software that can open any bookmark in your desired browser from a folder on your desktop. However it requires creating a text based list of boomarks in order to work.


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19 Apr 2015   #29
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello Callender,

Thank you for this valuable information. What is daunting is that altogether I have about 700 Bookmarks and saved web pages.

The most frustrating thing is that I got in to this mess only after using the programme known as Temporary File Cleaner (TFC)

TFC - Temp File Cleaner by OldTimer Download - Geeks to Go Forum

Before I used this TFC, every web page was saved with it's own favicon as if it was the default behavior of Firefox. There was nothing I had to do. It all happened automatically without any input from me. I just dragged and dropped a web page and it automatically saved with the favicon of that web page. I didn't even know that it could be any different untill I used TFC and messed it all up.

If I can find out what action of the TFC caused this situation it might be possible to rectify this. Obviously it would have deleted some vital file or folder. I was hoping the re-installation of Firefox would undo the damage done by TFC. Unfortunately it has not happened.

The curious thing is, only Firefox favicons are affected. All other icons of downloaded programmes, windows files, folders etc. everywhere in the computer, remain just as they always were.

Thank you,
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20 Apr 2015   #30
Callender

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

At the moment I'm using Firefox on a different machine and if I drag and drop a bookmark I get the same blank icon. One thought springs to mind. Maybe using an old version of FF temporarily will give different results. I'll try an old portable version when I'm at home.
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