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I somehow creamed the quick links on my browser. I can't even add any either. What did I do? How can I get my quick links to show again? No, view, show/hide isn't the problem, I think I mistakenly deleted a folder or something, but I don't know how I would have ...
For Mozilla, try pressing F9. This toggles the sidebar being displayed or not. In some versions of Mozilla, I've found that the sidebar disappears and no menu item will bring it back, but this F9 function does the trick and makes your links/bookmarks available again. Was this your problem?
No it's not that, but thanks for helping. It's the quick link buttons under the URL display ... they're gone and won't reappear. If I click the icon in the URL and drag it into the spot, it doesn't show.
I know it's the personal toolbar, but I can't add any links to the spot where you can. I have totally done this before ... I even setup mozilla browsers on two of my neighbor's houses and added all these links for 'em, but mine's different. It displays "Home" and "Bookmarks", but I can't add anything to the right of bookmarks. I know how to, but it doesn't do it.
And the weird thing ... I reinstalled mozilla in an attempt to get it working again, but it remembered my preferences I guess and kept it the way they were. It doesn't do this on my neighbor's houses or on my version on linux.
This took a bit of tracking down, but I think I've solved the mystery of where your toolbar links go. I was able to blow mine away and bring them back. There doesn't seem to be a 'Preferences' or 'Manage Bookmarks' way of getting them back, so this will need to involve editing the bookmarks.html file directly with a text editor. the file is located in /home/username/.mozilla/default/a_directory_name_ending_in_.slt.
But first, how did we manage to blow it away? One way I found was to delete the folder from within Manage Bookmarks. After closing Mozilla and re-starting, they are gone from the Personal Toolbar (and perhaps understandably). Re-inserting the folder and its list of links does not bring it back.
This has to do with the formatting commands in bookmarks.html. A normal folder is marked by a preamble of the type:
<DT><H3 ADD_DATE="1051686419" LAST_MODIFIED="1052547188" ID="NC:BookmarksRoot#$16feab0a">Ordinary Folder</H3>
(The number beginning with #$ will vary from folder to folder, and from computer to computer.)
It seems that a special format is reserved for the folder whose links will appear next to the 'Bookmarks' button on the Personal Toolbar. It takes the form:
<DT><H3 ID="NC:PersonalToolbarFolder">My Personal Links</H3>
It may also have the ADD_DATE and LAST_MODIFIED tags, depending on whether it was part of the original installation and if the folder has since been modified. We are more concerned with the bit that begins with ID= and what follows that within the quotes.
When you delete the 'My Personal Links' from within Bookmarks Manager, the 'NC:PersonalToolbarFolder' tag is also deleted, and there appears to be no way of getting it back from within Mozilla.
The way to get it back is to first create the folder and its links with Bookmarks Manager, then Close and Quit Mozilla - and any of its components, such as Mozilla Mail. Open bookmarks.html in a text editor (I used KWrite) and replace the header tag for your intended folder - which, using the above example, will have something such as 'NC:BookmarksRoot#$16feab0a' - with 'NC:PersonalToolbarFolder' (without the quotes). Save the file, exit the text editor and start up Mozilla. The links in Ordinary Folder (again using the same example) will now appear on the Personal Toolbar next to the Bookmarks button. You will be able to add links to the folder, take them away, rename the folder, move it within the directory structure, etc, and it will remain on the Personal Toolbar; just don't delete it.
If someone knows of a better way of getting them back, please post here, because this method is definately not user-friendly; it's just the only way I could find of doing it.