I was just having one of those days man.
I was feeling incredibly petulant… my patience meter was at zero percent and I really didn’t want to mess with Firefox.
Today I want to show you a really really stupid mistake I made and how to fix it.
You see, when my browser starting crapping out on me – I wanted a quick fix. So I thought:
I’ll just reset the browser. Resetting always fixes stuff.
Boy was I wrong…
In this post I’m going to show you how to undo a reset (or restore/refresh) in Firefox. The reason I had to undo it is because I didn’t read the instructions.
My recent Refresh mistake
- All my bookmarks, history and download logs were gone.
Yeah, I was pretty pissed. I started searching through my profiles but couldn’t find the folder. In case you were wondering, all your Mozilla stuff is stored in a hidden folder here:
If your name is joeshmo then you’re good – otherwise replace that with your actual username name.
I just wanted my bookmarks back
What I really wanted were my bookmarks. Those are stored in a non-human readable SQLite file called:
I say it’s non-human readable because if you throw that thing in a text editor it looks like a bunch of gibberish. – and I don’t read gibberish.
So how did I fix it?
How to undo a Firefox refresh
The key to restoring all your bookmarks, history and settings is to think differently.
There’s no “undo refresh” option in Firefox; however, when you initiate a refresh, Firefox actually saves your old profile (which contains your bookmarks, history etc…) and pushes that file to the Desktop in a folder named:
Old Firefox Data
Firefox does this as a safety net in case the refresh breaks something. It’s a way to restore your browser by copying the contents to your current profile folder and overwriting the stuff there.
Here’s how how to undo the Firefox refresh step-by-step.
- Shutdown Firefox
- Press Windows Key + r
- Enter this path:%systemdrive%\users\%username%\Desktop\Old Firefox Data
- Press Ctrl + a, Ctrl + c to copy everything in there to your clipboard.
- Hit up Windows Key + r again
- Enter this path:%appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\
- Hit Ctrl + a to select everything in your profile folder and then press Ctrl + v to overwrite it all
- Open Firefox
Now all your stuff should be back.
The first thing I did after I did this undo trick on the Firefox refresh was to export my bookmarks to a HTML file and email it to myself.
Exporting your bookmarks
In Firefox press Ctrl + Shift + b and then click Export Bookmarks to HTML…
The Bottom Line
Don’t do what I did – the next time you accidentally reset or refresh your Firefox browser settings, just go to the Desktop and copy those files into your Firefox profile folder. That’s all there is to it.
I hope this helps someone – if it helped you let me know in the comments.