Back in October 2007 we previewed a new feature in Firefox 3 called Smart Bookmarks. Firefox 3 has a more advanced bookmarking system, and keeps tabs (no pun intended) on the sites that you visit the most. When those two things collide they form what has come to be known as Smart Bookmarks.

Since the feature’s initial launch the number of Smart Bookmarks has been trimmed down a bit. They initially started with six, but have now dwindled down to the ones I put in bold:

  • Recently bookmarked pages
  • Recently visited bookmarked pages
  • Most visited bookmarked pages
  • Recently used tags
  • Most used tags
  • Most visited pages

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The question is how do you get these bookmarks back once they have been deleted? I expected that Mozilla would incorporate some sort of option into the Bookmarks Organizer, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead you need to dive into the about:config to get the Smart Bookmarks back:

Updated on May 19, 2008 to reflect Firefox 3 RC1 changes.

  1. In the Firefox Address Bar type about:config and press Enter.
  2. Find the option that is named browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion.
  3. Change the value to 0 by double-clicking on it.
  4. Restart Firefox, and you should see the Smart Bookmarks folder located on the Bookmarks Toolbar.

Now you’re back in business! I’m very anxious to see if someone creates an extension that lets you customize the Smart Bookmarks, and possibly even let you assemble your own based on visit frequency, date, keywords, and more.

[via Mozillazine]
Thanks to Jason for the tip!