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How do I import bookmarks from Firefox to opera 20

  • How do I import bookmarks from Firefox to opera 20? The instructions on your website still pertain to Opera 12 (check out http://help.opera.com/Windows/12.10/en/bookmarks.html to see for yourself), and are way out-of-date by now! (Opera 20 does not have an "import and export" option anymore - or a bookmark manager either - at least not that I could find.)

  • Actually, the instructions for Opera 12 are what you need, because that's the only practical way to import a lot of bookmarks from Firefox — import them to Opera 12 first, then install Opera 20.

    Or, open the HTML file in Opera 20 and add them one by one.

    There's no bookmarks manager.

  • That is very poor. how are you expecting me to come to your browser if you don't import the bookmarks!

  • That is very poor. how are you expecting me to come to your browser if you don't import the bookmarks!

    Not only it's poor it's so stupid I cannot find words. Opera is very stubborn about this and they won't tell the users when they gonna implement a proper bookmark manager with true import and export functions.

    The new "fresh" Chromium based Opera 15 was released in the beginning of July 2013. After 7 months they have still not implemented a proper bookmark manager to be able to import or export bookmarks as HTML file and there is no extension that can do this either.

    If you take the Comodo Dragon Internet Browser or SRware Iron brower, both based on Chromium they all have a nice traditional proper bookmark managers like Google Chrome so it's not that Opera cannot do it also, it's just politics to piss off old long time Opera users. There is no other explanation!

  • That is very poor. how are you expecting me to come to your browser if you don't import the bookmarks!

    Not only it's poor it's so stupid I cannot find words. Opera is very stubborn about this and they won't tell the users when they gonna implement a proper bookmark manager with true import and export functions.
    The new "fresh" Chromium based Opera 15 was released in the beginning of July 2013. After 7 months they have still not implemented a proper bookmark manager to be able to import or export bookmarks as HTML file and there is no extension that can do this either.
    ... so it's not that Opera cannot do it also, it's just politics to piss off old long time Opera users. There is no other explanation!

    Uhmm... well, there actually is another explanation, which is that Opera didn't plan or strategize on using bookmarks at all at the outset of its Blink-based browser because it believed most users didn't use/need bookmarks (based on its user 'survey' and its market-target demographics). That explanation is reinforced by a number of official/developer statements along those lines in the early days of New Opera. They thought users would be satisfied by the SpeedDial and Stash features. Now, since Opera has finally included a bookmark bar at least in part because of user outcry, the development of a suitable manager is probably wrapped around the same axle of developing a comprehensive manager for bookmarks, SpeedDial, and Stash... which may be no small task, particularly in the presence of Opera's other priorities.

  • I was trying to remember why I stopped using Opera. I am beginning to remember why.

    Nothing like thinking I would be able to transfer bookmarks only to find out I can't.

    Anyway, I came back hoping to have a more efficient browser (from Firefox). Efficiency seems to have a cost: I can't use my old bookmarks.

  • There is an official Opera Bookmarks Manager extension. Install that, then export your bookmarks from FFox and use the Opera manager to import them. It's a rudimentary manager, but it works.

  • Was looking into Opera as an alternative to Firefox and IE but why does everyone think they have to totally reinvent interfaces so they are completely different.? Opera's interface is different yet again to any browser I've used. It is like Microsoft where you have to relearn how to do the same things you did previously in each new version.

  • I just started using Opera due to Mozilla's recent actions in the news, and I installed version 12 so I could import my FF bookmarks. Should I stick with version 12 if I want to keep my bookmarks available for use or does ver. 20 allow bookmarks to be used from ver. 12

  • I used the Bookmarks Manager extension and then exported FF bookmarks over to it.

  • As someone said above, I am speechless at this oversight. I have hundreds of bookmarks which are categorized into folders in Firefox. Imagine the mess in Speed Dial. Even worse is the bookmark bar would be totally unusable. As much as I hve come to like Opera in the last few days, I can't use it because of this grievous oversight. Someone in planning really messed up and worst everyone else bough into the error. Any person in business, scientific, engineering, construction, purchasing or any other field needs to be able to categorize bookmarks. This relegates Opera into the category of a toy instead of a usable browser. It's fine for my phone but useless for my desktop. I'll check back from time to time to see if the programming folks have come to consciousness and implemented a usable bookmark system.

  • Hundreds of bookmarks are not unusable on the Bookmarks Bar. Two thousand would start to get difficult.

    Organise your bookmarks properly into folders and subfolder in Opera 12, then install Opera 20.

  • As someone said above, I am speechless at this oversight. I have hundreds of bookmarks which are categorized into folders in Firefox. Imagine the mess in Speed Dial. Even worse is the bookmark bar would be totally unusable. As much as I hve come to like Opera in the last few days, I can't use it because of this grievous oversight. Someone in planning really messed up and worst everyone else bough into the error. Any person in business, scientific, engineering, construction, purchasing or any other field needs to be able to categorize bookmarks. This relegates Opera into the category of a toy instead of a usable browser. It's fine for my phone but useless for my desktop. I'll check back from time to time to see if the programming folks have come to consciousness and implemented a usable bookmark system.

    Opera 20 is perfectly usable with hundreds of bookmarks organized into folders nested within folders on the QAB. It's simply a case of relearning how to categorize, bookmark and use the new browser. In addition you have speed dial for your dozen or so frequently visited sites as well as stash for those sites you wish to temporarily bookmark (i.e. read later). Times are changing; just look at IE11 in the modern version. Nothing remains the same so try and adapt.

  • The Speed Dial can be used for more than your dozen or more most used sites. You can create folders of sites within the speed dial, so it can cover 100 sites or more. It works like apps in the Ipad or IPod. Move one of the sites in the speed dial on top of the other and you have a folder of two.. (In the IPad and IPod you move an app on top of the other to create folder) (No orther browser has a speed dial like this where one can create folders within the dial. It's super!! ) Move another site on the speed dial on top of the folder, and suddenly on the speed dial you have a folder of three. No limit to what you put in the folder. And then label it. Maybe call it video sites, or general news. So you can organize very well withim the speed dial. Pick your area of interest, and start creating folders in thevspeed dial. Also You can drag items from the Speed dial to the personal tool marks bar, and vice versa.

    Then you can have , IN ADDITION, more options: there is: (1) Stash, (2) a personal bookmarks toolbar, and (3) a range of choice for bookmarks manager extensions in the Opera and/or Chrome stores for extensions. To use a Chrome extension, all you need to do is download the Opera extension, called "Download Chrome Extension. "

    The bookmarking ability in Opera is robust with choices, and it will be better as Opera refines it.

  • I may misunderstand the above thread. However, having thought I'd give Opera a go (I'm trying to find a decent sychronisation facility between several computers and Opera's Synchronise seems highly spoken of), I now discover that I cannot import my old Firefox bookmarks (hundreds, like the individual above). If the answer is that I have to import them individually, that seems to rather defeat the point of me coming across to Opera.

    So, in case you care, you've just lost me back to bloody Firefox!

  • No you don't have to do it individually.

    https://forums.opera.com/post/43778

  • Per the discussion in the thread I just posted, I was suggesting, not the Transmute vehicle (though it may well work, but I've never tried it), but rather using the import capability of Opera 12.17 (which specifically is set up to import bookmarks from Firefox and other third party browser), and then to utilize the Bookmarks Importer feature of Opera 22, which is designed to import bookmarks in Opera 12.17. For this to work, make sure Opera 12.17 is installed on the computer first (so completely uninstall Opera 22), and then after you've imported your Firefox bookmarks into Opera 12.17), reinstall Opera 22, and use the bookmarks importer. Oh yes, don't forget in Opera 22 to activate your Personal Bookmarks Bar (Alt P) (the keyboard shortcut for Settings), and then under User Interface, but a dot in Show the Bookmarks Bar.

    No way go back to bloody Firefox :)

  • Over the last 14 years of travelling for work and making contacts, I have picked up a huge amount of bookmarks. Depending on the job, country and company I work for/with, I have all the information at my finger-tips, so-to-speak, through my bookmarks; some 9000 of them. To find out that I can't import them into Opera, I'm using version 23.0, nor do I have access to them via xmarks, is a massive let down. Opera is obviously a browser to be used in school, universities and internet cafes where saving bookmarks is not at all important.

    I might use it for my tablet or smartphone but not for work.

    Thanks anyway.

  • The latest Developer version of Opera does import bookmarks from whatever your default browser is, when it's first installed (whether you like it or not!)
    However, although there is the rudiments of a bookmark manager too, it's at a very early experimental stage, so at the moment I think you're correct in thinking that it's not for you with your 9000 bookmarks!
    It's getting there though, so do check back.
    :-)

  • @davehawley, what number is the latest Developer version? Is it Opera Next 24?

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