Firefox browser interface with missing or disappeared bookmarks

How to Fix the Bookmark Toolbar Not Showing Up In Firefox

It’s one of the most frustrating moments imaginable: Your bookmarks are gone. The good news is that if Firefox has lost your bookmarks, you should be able to recover them.

This article will show you how to recover your bookmark toolbar in Firefox when you think all is lost. We'll also cover what to do if your bookmark toolbar appears but you're still missing bookmarks.

If you're ready for a more dependable bookmark manager for Firefox, try Workona. It automatically saves your work, so you never have to worry about losing bookmarks.

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What to do if the bookmarks toolbar is not showing up (how to show the bookmark toolbar)

The most common way of losing bookmarks within Firefox is when the bookmarks toolbar is gone. Usually this means the bookmarks toolbar was accidentally turned off. To turn it back on, click Views > Toolbars > Bookmarks Toolbar.

This should bring up your bookmarks toolbar, with all of your bookmarks there as you remember them.

Firefox browser screenshot with the Bookmarks Tool enabled from the View menu

If your bookmark toolbar appears but you're still missing bookmarks, keep reading.


What to do if none of your bookmarks are showing up

Firefox automatically saves and backs up your recent bookmarks (up to 15 backups). You can restore them by clicking Bookmarks > Show all bookmarks.

Firefox browser screenshot of the menu item Show All Bookmarks

Within the library window, click the Import/export icon > Restore. You can then select the backup that you want to restore, either from an automatic backup or from a manual backup that you upload.

Warning — restoring bookmarks from a backup overwrites any current bookmarks with the ones in the backup file. If you'd rather start over with a more reliable bookmark manager, Workona is a free option.

Firefox browser screenshot showing the Import and Export options within the Library feature

What to do if some of your bookmarks and folders aren’t showing up

You may encounter an issue with Firefox where you can't find all of your bookmarks and folders. One option is to create a button that takes you to all of your bookmarks. Simply click the Library icon > Bookmarks > Bookmarking Tools > Add Bookmarks Menu to Toolbar. An icon will show up right next to the Library button, where all of your bookmarks and folders are now accessible.

Firefox browser screenshot of the top-right menu displaying the option to add bookmark button to toolbar

What to do if your imported bookmarks from another browser aren’t showing up

If you’ve recently lost your bookmarks after importing them from another browser, it's likely they're hiding in a specific folder. To find them, click the Library icon > Bookmarks > Show all Bookmarks.

At this point, you may see a uniquely named folder (that refers to your former browser) in the bookmark list, which will house your bookmarks. It's important to note that Firefox keeps any hierarchical structures intact from your last browser.


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