Recent work on Bookmarks and Firefox Reset

I’ve been working on a number of things over the last couple of months and I wanted to share two of them. First, bookmarks. Making this bookmarks video for Firefox 29 reminded me of a long-standing issue that’s bothered me. By default, new bookmarks are hidden away in the unsorted bookmarks folder. So without any instruction, they’re pretty hard to find. Now that we have this fun animation that shows you where your new bookmark went, I thought it would be good if you could actually see that bookmark when clicking on the bookmarks menu button. After thinking about a number of approaches we decided to move the list of recent bookmarks from a sub-menu and expose them directly in the main bookmarks menu.

bookmarks

With the design done, this is currently waiting to be implemented.

Another project that I’ve been focusing on is Firefox Reset. The one, big, unimplemented piece of this work that began about three years ago, is making this feature discoverable when people need it. And the main place we like to surface this option is when people try to reinstall the same version of Firefox that they are currently running. We often see people try to do this, expecting that it will fix various problems. The issue is that reinstalling doesn’t fix many things at all. What most people are expecting to happen, actually happens when you reset Firefox. So here we’d like to take two approaches. If the download page knows that you have the same version of Firefox that you are trying to download, it should offer you a reset button instead of the regular download button.

reset-instead-of-download

The other approach is to have Firefox detect if it’s just had the same version installed and offer you the opportunity to reset Firefox.

reset-on-reinstallation

The nice thing about these approaches is that work together. If you determine that something is wrong with Firefox and you want to fix it by reinstalling, you’ll see a reset button on the download page. If you use that, the reset process takes just a few seconds and you can be on your way. If you want to download and install a new copy you can, and you’ll have another opportunity to reset after Firefox has launched and you’ve verified whether the issue has been fixed. This presentation explains in more detail how these processes might work. This work isn’t final and there are a few dependencies to work out but I’m hopeful these pieces can be completed soon.

4 thoughts on “Recent work on Bookmarks and Firefox Reset

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  2. What are the reasons that Bookmarks have to be in unsorted in the first place?

  3. I really hope the “recently bookmarked” list can be placed again in a submenu WITHOUT the need of an extension …. At this point the most part of extensions I’ve installed is to fix your decisions

    I’m not against changes that could help the “average user”, but you guys should really stop this behavior to force all your users to your decisions without give them a simple option to setup their browser as THEY want

    good work

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