I dumped my old Dell for a new MacBook Pro. Firefox looks gawdawful on my retina display, so I'm trying Safari. I had 20+ bookmarks in FF's Bookmarks Toolbar. Each had it's own icon, either grabbed from the target domain or from a picture I had saved... so I was able to give each one a one or two character name, so I easily could see them and select the ones I wanted. Upon the import, Safari ditched the icons.

  1. Is there any way to move bookmarks with icons from FFx to Safari?
  2. Is there any way to even show icons on the Safari toolbar?
  • How did you give custom icons to bookmarks in the first place?
    – Lri
    Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 0:32
  • Try using Chrome instead.
    – asmeurer
    Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 5:18

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Safari doesn't show icons for bookmarks in the toolbar itself, only in the bookmark menus.

The icons aren't stored with the bookmarks, Safari has a separate cache for all the favicons of sites that have been visited (I believe this is the case for Firefox and Chrome as well, but I'm not 100% sure). If you look in the bookmarks viewer or menu, open a site that doesn't have an icon, then check back in the bookmarks viewer, you'll see that Safari has added the icon to that bookmark entry (assuming the site has a favicon set in the first place). So while you may not see icons at first for bookmarks you import, they'll fill in eventually as you visit the sites.

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