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19 July 2007
Firefox bookmark icons          

If you use Firefox and you save bookmarks, then you have probably noticed that some bookmarks display an icon next to them. These are known as a favicons.

These favicons can help you visually identify a bookmark, but what happens when the wrong favicon is displayed for a particular bookmark? First off, I don't know how this happens, but I have seen it several times. Previously, the only way I knew to fix this was to delete the bookmark and add it again. This is sort of a pain since you have to take the time to put the new bookmark back in the same place. Here is another way.

  • Close all sessions of FireFox
  • Find a file called bookmarks.html in your Firefox profile. This is generally located here: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profilename>\
  • Copy this file (just in case....)
  • Open bookmarks.html using your favorite HTML editor, or Notepad.
  • Search for the bookmark that you want to edit.
  • You will see some HTML code like this:
    <A HREF="http://www.google.com
    ADD_DATE="1155432765"
    LAST_VISIT="1651389765"
    LAST_CHARSET="UTF-8"
    ID="rdf:##Mj4I$"
    ICON="data:image/x-icon;base64,AAA">
    Google
    </a>
    ...except that the data in quotes after the ICON label will be much longer. 
  • Just delete the entire ICON="" section, including the contents of this section.
  • Save the bookmarks.html file and close it.
  • Restart Firefox and pick your bookmark, the correct icon should now appear.

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PermaLink       Posted 7/19/2007 09:22:00 PM     
2 COMMENTS!


Comment from: Blogger Douglas
Date: August 6, 2007 at 3:15:00 PM CDT  

Thanks for this tip. I actually just turned my favicons off the other day with a userchrome hack. I miss them, but the wrong icons were really annoying (and it was only one or two that were wrong).
I am assuming that you delete the entire line so that it has to refresh the entry, is that correct?


Comment from: Blogger Mxyzptlk
Date: February 25, 2008 at 9:05:00 AM CST  

Just what I needed, very easy to do. Thanks a lot!

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