Firefox 3.6 (and other browsers too): Do bookmarks slow down a browser in general? Not necessarily talking about start-up alone, but more about the actual browsing of webpages.

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What about if you have the bookmarks bar enabled, and many bookmarks in that bookmarks toolbar folder?

(OS is Windows 7)


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Do bookmarks slow down a browser in general? Not necessarily talking about start-up alone, but more about the actual browsing of webpages...

Nope, they don"t.

What about if you have the bookmarks bar enabled, and many bookmarks in that bookmarks toolbar folder?

Still, no.


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This question was just brought to my attention, sorry for answering on such a old question, but I want to counter the other answers!

They are all correct on all browsers OTHER than IE.

I agree with the other answers - every day browsing is normal.. however, I used to have several thousand bookmarks (now many thousand more!) and, IE does not keep these in a database, it uses individual files.

Whenever I clicked the favourites button, it would freeze the window for some time whilst it generated the list. This is quite annoying and the main reason I switched browsers.


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answered Jun 26 "11 at 23:03
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William HilsumWilliam Hilsum
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It"s a circular thing. More bookmarks-> more easily corrupted bookmarks -> bigger file size -> more RAM used -> more Pagefile usage -> slower computer.

If your bookmarks seem to have become corrupted for some reason, you can use the Places Maintenance extension, which has been developed by a member of the Firefox engineering team.


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In general - no.

If the browser was to continually (or periodically) poll all the bookmarked sites (or even just those on a toolbar) then it could slow your current browsing experience down as it would be downloading data in the background.

However, I don"t know of any browsers that do that.


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answered Oct 6 "10 at 21:19
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I have Googled this question at various points over the years, and I must say I am annoyed at how many "experts" don"t even address the question but instead use it as an opportunity to show off what they think they know.

I can only tell you my own experience, without any nerdy jargon. I have found that YES, having too many bookmarks does slow down your browsing experience quite noticeably. I use Firefox and Chrome, and I clean my registry at least one a week with Glary Utilities.

I am also a bit of a bookmarks hoarder. Often, if a page is interesting to me, I save it as a bookmark, probably adding dozens per week, sometimes just because I"m lazy and want to come back to that page.

Once I"ve got about 100 bookmarks, I notice that my browser starts feeling very clunky. So, I go to my bookmarks, save them in HTML form to a folder on my computer then delete almost all of them from the browser, leaving just the main ones I visit, about 10-15 bookmarks.

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And BINGO, my browser is fast and clean again. I end up doing this about every six months.