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How to make a html-file for bookmarks from original bookmark-file.

  • I have an original bookmark file from the folder "AppData\Roaming\Opera software\Opera Stable". I'm having trouble restoring bookmarks from it. Because the browser requires an html file.
    How do I return my bookmarks?

  • Have you tried simply copying that original bookmark file into Opera's profile folder (Opera > About > note the Profile's path) to replace the one that is currently there? Note: The copying should be done with Opera turned off. You can't use this method to merge bookmark files, only to replace the current one. If you want to preserve the current bookmarks file for later reuse, rename it to something like bookmarks.ref before copying in the other one.

  • @blackbird71 said in How to make a html-file for bookmarks from original bookmark-file.:

    Have you tried simply copying that original bookmark file into Opera's profile folder (Opera > About > note the Profile's path) to replace the one that is currently there? Note: The copying should be done with Opera turned off. You can't use this method to merge bookmark files, only to replace the current one. If you want to preserve the current bookmarks file for later reuse, rename it to something like bookmarks.ref before copying in the other one.

    I believe that should work. I don't want to make dummy bookmarks to check it out, but, let's say it is that simple. Before you do ANYTHING, I suggest exporting the current bookmarks to an html file file in a personal directory. Now, you have your original bookmarks that can be imported back into Opera. I would do as you suggest, rename the bookmark file with a ".ref" extension. Drop the old bookmark file - without an extension as Opera has it. Launch Opera and see if your old bookmarks are there. If so, import the bookmarks you exported. You'll import from the file in your personal directory. Opera should add this folder "Bookmarks Bar (File)" This will have all the bookmarks you exported. You will have to move them from the folder to the bookmarks bar if you don't want to open this "Master bookmark" each time you want one of them. This all may sound complicated, but it's not, actually. Depending on the number of bookmarks you export, it may take a little time. I have experience importing this way. The dragging to where I want took me about 10 minutes. Your results may vary.

  • @edwinattaway The technique does work... it's the 'restore' part of the standard way users back up (copy out) and later restore their bookmarks file in their profile folder. It assumes only that the bookmarks file being copied in isn't corrupted. The only question is whether the user wants instead to merge the original into the current bookmarks file (which this technique doesn't do - it only replaces the current "bookmarks" file in the profile folder with the copied-in bookmarks file).

  • @blackbird71 said in How to make a html-file for bookmarks from original bookmark-file.:

    @edwinattaway The technique does work... it's the 'restore' part of the standard way users back up (copy out) and later restore their bookmarks file in their profile folder. It assumes only that the bookmarks file being copied in isn't corrupted. The only question is whether the user wants instead to merge the original into the current bookmarks file (which this technique doesn't do - it only replaces the current "bookmarks" file in the profile folder with the copied-in bookmarks file).

    Yes, it does work. I pulled an old backup that I could compare with the current one. I did as you said, and as I suggested. I have the old bookmarks on my bookmarks bar and the "Bookmarks Bar (File)" after I imported - as I suspected. Now, I'll just drag the ones not in my February 5, 2018 backup image. I didn't mean to imply it wouldn't work. Unless I have done it, I can only support what I "think" will work. Now, I know it does. You only said, "Have you tried..." That didn't sound definitive, to me. I should have read into, "Note: The copying should be done with Opera turned off." was the "definitive" I was looking for. My apologies.