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How to delete all bookmarks and replace with backup?

2633 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 23, 2010 2:52 AM by andyBall_uk RSS
Adam J. Bezark Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)
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Nov 23, 2010 1:09 AM
Trying to sync my new iPad with my MacBook Pro and iPhone via MobileMe has created some fun new problems. For starters: I now have a full set of duplicate Safari bookmarks. Two of everything.

Fortunately, I (think) I made a safe backup before performing the fateful merge (suggested by Sync) that caused the duplicates. So now I'd like to delete ALL my bookmarks and re-import the saved backup bookmarks.

But I can't figure out how to delete all my bookmarks at once. It looks like my only choice is to delete them one at a time. Is there some way to simply trash the entire bookmarks file and re-import the ones I saved?
17in MacBook Pro 2.33GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,095 points)
    HI Adam,

    You can use Safari Prairiefire to find duplicate Safari Bookmarks.
    http://www.balooba.se/baloobasoftware/index.html

    After you install the software which you can use in demo version to do this click the Get Bookmarks tab. Then from the menu click: Tools / Check Duplicates.

    I've had the same thing happen using my MobileMe account also.










    Carolyn
    27" iMac 3.2GHz i3 MBAir iPad iPhone 3GS 4.2 iLife iWork Pages Keynote, Mac OS X (10.6.5), QTPro Intuos Tablet Epson Olympus Airport JBL
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,470 points)
    Hi Adam

    Safari's bookmarks are kept in a preference file named bookmarks.plist in Home/Library/Safari/
    move (or rename) that with Safari quit & they're gone from Safari - to be replaced with Apple's default set on next startup.

    You can copy that file as a a backup, or yes, use Safari-File-Export Bookmarks...

    ---

    In your case, It sounds as if you used Export - so just move/rename the plist, then open Safari & Import .

    Naturally, removing dupes is perhaps easier in this instance, but it's worth knowing which files to copy if you want an exact backup.

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