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Firefox Live Bookmarks
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Mozilla's Firefox web browser comes with built-in RSS support called Live Bookmarks. These bookmarks act like folders, but they are populated with the articles in the RSS feed. Clicking on an article title will take you to that article.

Firefox Live Bookmarks will turn your browser into a handy little RSS reader. It doesn't support some of the features of other RSS readers like searching across feeds, emailing articles to friends, and consolidating multiple feeds into one view, but if you only want to keep up with a few feeds, Firefox Live Bookmarks can do the trick.

Why Use Firefox Live Bookmarks?

Live Bookmarks can be handy whether or not you use another RSS reader. If you only have a few RSS feeds that you want to keep track of, Live Bookmarks is perfect. It will give you a list of articles, and you can quickly go to the article that interests you.

If you don't want to waste time visiting individual websites, searching through all of your RSS feeds or consolidate multiple feeds into one view, Live Bookmarks can be a good choice. If other RSS Readers seem like just another service you probably won't use, then you might as well use your browser if it already has a built-in RSS reader.

How to Use Firefox Live Bookmarks

If you want to know how to use this useful little Firefox feature, you can create a live bookmark by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the URL a blog or a website with an RSS feed in your Firefox web browser.
  2. Click on the "Bookmarks" option in the top menu.
  3. Select "Subscribe to This Page" from the dropdown menu. If the browser does not detect an RSS feed on the page, then you won't be able to select this option.
  4. Select the RSS feed that you want to subscribe to from the feeds that appear to the right of the dropdown menu. For example, some blogs will allow you to subscribe to posts and to their comments too.
  5. On the following feed page, use the Firefox subscription box at the top to confirm your subscription by making sure the dropdown menu is set to "Live Bookmarks" and then clicking "Subscribe Now."
  6. A popup box will appear, asking you to optionally rename the feed and select where you want to install the Live Bookmark. Type in whatever you would like to call the RSS feed. Usually, the default name is fine. Choosing the "Bookmarks Toolbar Folder" will put the Live Bookmark on your toolbar, but you can choose to install it anywhere.

    Organizing Your Live Bookmarks in Firefox

    The default folder for Firefox Live Bookmarks is the "Bookmarks Toolbar." This is a special folder that puts the bookmarks on the toolbar. This is a neat way of displaying the Live Bookmarks, but if you have more than a few, it can get a little crowded.

    If you do decide to install it in your Bookmarks Toolbar, all you have to do is click the bookmark to see a dropdown menu with all the latest feed updates. (Hint: If you can't see your Bookmarks Toolbar, click "View" in the top menu, then hover over the "Toolbars" option and make sure "Bookmarks Toolbar" has a checkmark beside it.)

    Here are some other ways to keep your Live Bookmarks neat and tidy.

    Use folders. Live Bookmarks are just like any other bookmark. You can put them in your main bookmarks folder or create a subfolder for them. If you have more than a few RSS feeds, you can create different Folders for each category. for them. If you have more than a few RSS feeds, you can create different Folders for each category.

    Add folders to your toolbar. One really neat trick with Firefox is that folders can be placed in the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder. What this means is you can have folders on your toolbar. So, if you have a lot of feeds, but if they all go into only two or three categories, you can put them on your toolbar and access them in a very organized manner.

    Even if you do use another RSS reader tool like Digg Reader or something else, Live Bookmarks can still be a handy resource. If, for example, there are a few feeds that you like to check periodically throughout the day, having them as Live Bookmarks will let you look them up whenever you want, no matter where you are on the web.

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