Skip navigation

Bookmarks bar keeps changing by itself

3997 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2012 11:13 AM by Markie Castle RSS
Tivivibi Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Jan 27, 2012 12:21 PM

Since a week I notice that my bookmarksbar keeps changing - apparently by itself.

It removes the order of bookmarks, and even removes complete folders.


I use Time Machine so I have been able to restore to a trusted version.

It is annoying though, that it changes. Especially when I notice the change after I have added new bookmarks; my overwriting it by an ols version I lose my added stuff.


I have not been able to see it actually happen, so I cannot tell what triggers it. The reordering usually takes place within 15 min. Deleting folders; I don't know. Less frequently.


Does anyone recognise this?

Thank you very much in advance!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,015 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 27, 2012 12:35 PM (in response to Tivivibi)

    I use Time Machine so I have been able to restore to a trusted version.

    It is annoying though, that it changes.


    Try troubleshooting the Safari .plist file (preferences) Might be corrupted from the TM backup...



    Quit Safari.


    Go to ~/Library/Preferences


    Move the file from the Preferences folder to the Desktop


    Relaunch Safari. If that helped, move the .plist file to the Trash. If not, move it back to the Preferences folder.


    If that didn't help, go to ~/Library/Caches/


    Move the Cache.db file from the folder to the Trash.


    Try Safari.




    edited by:  cs

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,015 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 28, 2012 10:02 PM (in response to Tivivibi)

    The hard disk wasn't doing this...  the preferences were corrupted from your TM backup. Creating a new .plist file (the Mac OS X creates a new .plist file for you after restarting Safari), and deleting the cache, that usually helps.


    Glad it's ok now for you. 

  • Markie Castle Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Mar 7, 2012 10:19 AM (in response to Tivivibi)

    I just had this same problem - Safari kept re-ordering my Bookmarks bar after I changed it. The proposed solution of deleting the .plist file didn't work for me.


    Word of caution to others: deleting this file will reset many of your prefs, so be aware you'll have to change them if you don't just replace the file you moved out.


    Any other solutions that people have encountered?




  • danaschwartz Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 19, 2012 7:57 PM (in response to Markie Castle)

    Me too.  I've found that after manually changing a URL in the bookmarks bar, the folder containing all my RSS feeds jumps to the end of the Bookmarks list as soon as I click on another link.  Nothing else in the bookmark bar moves.  Safari 5.1.5 in OSX 10.7.3

  • Markie Castle Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 20, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to Tivivibi)

    I found other references to problems syncing, and for me the solution had to do with iCloud bookmark sync getting whacked out.


    I tried several recipes for resetting the iCloud data, and frankly don't recall which exactly worked for me. The gist is that you have to turn bookmark syncing OFF for all your devices and nuke the data on iCloud. It's in the Prefs screen on both OSX and iOS I believe.


    Be very sure to save a copy on your Mac so you have a fallback if something goes wrong.


    Once all your devices have syncing OFF you make sure to delete all the data EXCEPT what is on the Mac that you want to use as the seed for everything. Get this bookmark data completely correct, then back up the corrected version along with the original mentioned above.


    You may have to give iCloud several minutes to clear the data even once you tell it to delete. I think I ended up waiting about 15 minutes.


    Now you turn on the syncing for the Mac, and wait another bit for everything to get copied/synced to the cloud.


    Once the data is correct, turn on syncing for any iDevice you're also syncing to the same account.


    This corrected the situation for me, and I haven't had a repeat since.





    EDIT: Found this link with more details than my post. I haven't used PrairieFire, but it's part of this person's solution. html


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.