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How to transfer Firefox settings



Problem or Question:

Received a new computer and lost all my Favorites and saved preferences in Firefox


Mozilla Firefox

Solution or Answer:

Copy content of Mozilla profile folder from the old location to the new one.

Firefox uses both the local and roaming settings to store all its user data. However Firefox uses a randomly generated string of letters and numbers to name it’s profiles, always followed by “.default”. Before you transfer their files make sure to start Firefox within the user’s profile so Firefox can create a ".default" folder for the user.

Windows 7 Location

  • Local - C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default
  • Roaming - C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default

Windows XP Location

  • Local - C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\wcugzk4p.default
  • Roaming - I:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\wcugzk4p.default

Note: If multiple profiles appear, check the profile.ini file to see which one is being used. See steps below:

1) Navigate to C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox

2) Locate the profiles.ini file

3) Right click on the file

4) Select Edit

5) Look for "Path=Profiles/j6nuljet.default"

6) The profile currently being used is the one listed. In this case j6nuljet.default

Submitted by Michael Grayson carmichael.grayson@csueastbay.edu

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12th September 2013 03:15:17 pm

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