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I use Firefox and want to do some spring cleaning on my bookmarks. I know a lot of them are probably outdated. Seriously, I have hundreds. Before I start wading through them, is there a way to quickly weed out the ones that don’t even go anywhere anymore?
Yup. Right after we finished last month’s feature on souping up your web browser (“Teach Your Browser New Tricks,” Jun/10, p30), we saw a Firefox add-on called CheckPlaces featured on Lifehacker. This little gem (donations accepted, andyhalford.com/checkplaces) will sweep your bookmarks to see if the pages they point to still exist while also finding duplicates and empty folders.
The results list breaks down all the bookmarks you have that failed.
The first time we used it, it scanned 780 (!) bookmarks in just over a minute, and returned a healthy list of failed, questionable, and duplicate bookmarks, cutting down on the bookmarks we had to sort manually by nearly 100.