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Found too many duplicates although I kept my bookmarks well organized at all times. Just found out when I login at the internet cafe today.
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  • Hey James,

    I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Are you using only Xmarks for Firefox, or are you using it for Safari or IE? I first start off by restoring your non-duplicated bookmarks by using "Explore and Restore" in my.xmarks.com. It is located in the Tools menu.

    After that is completed, perform a manual Download in each of your browsers you sync with. You can do that here:

    Firefox->Tools->Xmarks->Xmarks Settings->Advanced->Download

    Hope that helps, and let me know how it goes!

    Thanks
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  • This seems to be a persistent problem with using xmarks across multiple browsers. Instead of having to reset xmarks, wouldn't it be more helpful to provide a duplication removal tool?
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    • They have one but don't use it. Doesn't work properly and wastes your time. Get another solution.
    • Yes, the dedup tool is very time consuming. Too many deletes you have to perform manually.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I synced Chrome and the Firefox, with Firefox being the this initial set or whatever that option is, but then Chrome started exponentially duplicating all its original bookmarks. Luckily I picked it up when there were only about ten duplicates of every Chrome bookmark.

    Originally I had both browsers open at the same time, but after fixing most of the duplicates through Firefox, I backup up my bookmarks, closed Firefox and then optioned Chrome and it started duplicating all the original Chrome bookmarks again or at the very least not removing the previous duplicates that I'd just removed.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I have the exact same problem. 3,4,5 times the whole set of folders and bookmarks I have on Firefox. It's a nightmare.
    I'm just going to stop using xmarks on Chrome, it's not worth the hassle.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Just left Chrome to it's own devices, with permission to automatically sync, for a few hours. I just checked my bookmarks and I appear to have 16 copies of every single bookmark.

    I use Firefox and Chrome. This never happens when I'm just using Firefox, so it appears to be an issue specific to the Chrome version of xmarks.

    I've had to disable automatic syncing, but that really isn't a solution.
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  • It would be good to resolve this problem on the server side.
    I had 2000+ bookmarks before duplication. ... I think at least half of them is duplicated. It would be hard work to resolve it manually
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  • I’m confused
    I created a new xmarks account, uploaded all my bookmarks to the new account, and used the new account for a while.

    Now, I've moved back to using the old account, uploading everything back to the server, and I haven't had the problem since. I don't know why this solved it. Clearly there was something odd about my bookmarks.
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  • I have bookmarks stacked within:
    "From Internet Explorer">>>"FireFox">>> "From Internet Explorer" >>>"FireFox" "From Internet Explorer"
    Multple levels of the same bookmark directories. So far I have been spending hours deleting the multiple levels. Can't delete one whole folder, because FireFox freezes.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Yes, I have constant problems with xmarks because it just keeps growing with older versions-I've tried cleaning up my bookmarks on FF, then force uploading it, but to no avail. I've had to turn off auto updating on FF, Chrome, Safari. Maybe that will help. I don't know.
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  • I've had similar issues with xmarks and done everything from delete account, create a new account. I think I may give up on xmarks, though I have found what seems to be an excellent firefox add-on to remove duplicate and defunct bookmarks:

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fire...
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  • I’m stuck wasting time babysitting this bloatware
    This problem has made xmarks practically un-usable. bookmarks duplicate like crazy (especially in the unsorted bookmarks folder) and then xmarks eats massive CPU & gets exterminated by chrome's resource limits.

    This problem would be far more manageable and trackable if the bookmark history were decently annotated and actually usable.

    http://getsatisfaction.com/foxmarks/t...
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  • Perhaps, and if xmarks had a duplicate finder that suggested tagging and sorting on folder, tags, and xmark-wide sites with similar tags so we could select what we want.
    Some organization is needed to figure out this stuff.
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  • Look this whole thread and ALL of the ones similar to it -- re no capability within Xmarks to remove duplicates -- and all the related problems of duplicates causing the bookmarks file to become 3 and 4 and 5 times its original size, which then has huge negative performance on both Xmarks AND the various browsers having to load 5 times as many bookmarks --

    this whole problem is being whitewashed by Xmarks -- and this community is all LAH-DEE-DAH about it. An employee comes here every 4 months or so to appease the fire, but never once has anyone at Xmarls addressed the problem.

    They only say "it's on our list". What crap. This has been the #1 problem with an otherwise brilliant web service for years... everyone knows it. So what's the real problem? It's either arrogance or stupidity or greed -- because Xmarks surely has the brainpower to solve this. If they don;'t, they should pull the plug right now. But clearly they DO.

    So you have to ask: WHY haven't they put resources here yet to solve what is conceptually a simple simple problem of compare and toss, or compare and maybe... ? WHY? becauuse they are so focused (IRONY) on hitting all platforms at once.... especially chrome... and have just let all their original platform custiomers down --on Firefox.

    Why won't anyone slam these people in the press for not fixing an obvious problem that has been irritating users for over a year? WHY? And now we've got this shiny new platform called "Get Satisfaction", which in theory is differentiated from plain vanilla FORUMS because it has postings from the company itself. But if the comopany itself chooses to bury head in sand and just watch in a lounge chair while the parade of complaints rolls by over and over and over, what good does this service do?

    My view: Xmarks needs to get their act together and start deploying resources. Quit talking, which you do so little of anyway, and get to work and fix it. Or do you only respond to emails with showers of money from Sand Hill Road?

    Come on fellow users of xmarks -- step up the pressure 500 percent. we all look and sound like a bunch of pansies repeatedly posting the same problem over and over and someohow this is satisfying, or accomplishing something? A JOKE!
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  • I have this same problem and I use ONLY FIREFOX.

    I was initially happy with the idea of this Bookmarks organizer, but now it's just made a mess of all my bookmarks. A complete mess. Duplicate folders, duplicate files, etc. (The dupe files have respellings of characters, e.g. ";amp" instead of "&", etc.)

    But yeah, it's been a problem for YEARS now, and separate duplicate-detector add-ons are a pain in the ass, too — not the solution.
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  • I’m stunned xmarks is so distructive
    What a mess, my bookmarks have become totally unmanageable through xmarks duplication. Firefox and chrome on XP and ubuntu.

    xmarks, please plug the bug or build a de-duplication feature. Until either of those happen I'm un-installing...

    xmarks is a great tool, please please fix!
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  • I too love xmarks, except at some point duplication went crazy and now I have duplicates of the same bookmarks in the same folders & in different folders. It could have started when I re-installed one machine, but it would be sooooo helpful to have a tool to remove duplicates.
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  • We put a lot of effort recently into fixing Xmarks to not duplicate bookmarks--we found a bug in Chrome that would cause duplicates for the initial sync under some conditions, as well as some other possible causes.

    If you're running the most recent version of Xmarks and are consistently getting new duplicates (i.e., they're not leftovers from the earlier problems), we very much want to quash any such behavior in the Xmarks extensions, so would love more details, including your full xmarks.log and xmarks baseline files (found in your Firefox profile folder).

    Such information can be emailed to support@xmarks.com -- we very much want to fix such problems, but we've had no luck replicating duplication on our own, so there must be something unique about your individual configurations that contributes to the behavior. We very much would like to find out what that might be.
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    This is outrageous. You would think this would be one of the most fundamental things to get sorted before you inflicted your software on the world. I am rather upset.

    Xmarks has duplicated all my bookmarks. They now number in the region of 35,000. How can I be sure it hasn't trebbled them or more? I will have to go through and manually remove the duplicates. What a waste of time. How long is this going to take me?

    I shall not be using Xmarks again.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Yeah, it's still broken for me too. Xmarks For the Fail!
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  • I’m deflated.
    New customer. Experiencing moderate duplication, and Sync profile reversion in a Firefox/Chrome configuration. When I say Sync profile reversion, I mean that certain profiles spontaneously revert to having EVERYTHING checked, even stuff I don't want to sync. Like, stuff I don't want to sync to WORK.
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  • I’m Dissapointed
    Personally, i just gave up on xmarks. They've been a great service to me since their initial release, but in the past month or so I've had multiple instances of duplications of bookmarks, folders, empty folders after duplication, erased bookmarks, and thats when the application isnt broken, as I've had many instances where it just won't sync at all with an error on multiple browsers on multiple computers. It's just trash any more, unless the dev's step it up, it'll be a dead project within a few years.
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  • I’m using Xmarks' Apathy against them!!
    I just leave it on my desktop (I have a pretty high profile within a pretty big state) and when people ask why I have 20 (and counting) of each bookmark I happily tell them about how Xmarks is causing it. They laugh and ask why I would keep a shoddy product and I feign that I am a diehard. Trust me, _no one_ forgets how poor Xmarks works after I'm done. The best sort of press is the sort where people think you're for the product. :) Keep on failing Xmarks, you can do it!!
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  • I’m frustrated
    Same thing here... Absolutely ridiculous.
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  • I’m Frustrated With This non-stop Bookmark Duplicator
    Holly crap, this is getting really really irritating, again!!!

    The Xmarks server has resumed it's duplicating bug. I kept my bookmarks 1-to-1 on all the computers in my house and at school/work (nope, my user account isn't shared with any other individual, neither are my browsers, so don't bother posting garbage that it could be the cause, only I can access my account). Then randomly, it automatically syncs and adds several empty folder duplicates and several duplicate bookmarks.

    I sync between IE, Firefox n Chrome on Windows Vista/Se7en at home, Firefox on Linux at school and work.

    What have you awesome developers done again in the process of adding extras to Xmarks? Please restore the code back to the month of June. That version was the best, it should have been the final!! I suggest you try adding a "FindDuplicate" function to your code before you look any further for xtras in xmarks.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I've had a similar problem for months; long enough that downloading an old set of bookmarks is rather unreasonable. It does seem to have nearly stopped adding new duplicates, though.. Initially with Xmarks for IE (under 32-bit and 64-bit Vista); then added Xmarks for Firefox on one computer;
    then Xmarks for Chrome on two computers and Xmarks for Firefox on a second computer (considering adding the other browsers and their Xmarks versions on a third computer). Not sure how many bookmarks I have, but it was around 4000 the last time I counted them (months ago).
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    Folks -- you haven't heard -- XMARKS the company is now dead. They will formally shut down in 90 days. (not a joke). See their blog here:

    http://blog.xmarks.com/

    That's THEIR summary: they couldn't find a business model, and they kept trying to convert their "corpus" (ugghh, why can't they just say "data set") into a revenue stream. Here is MY summary:

    Xmarks -- which was formerly Foxmarks, the incredible bookmark synchronization tool for Firefox created about 5-6 years ago -- derailed a few years ago and broke their entire system, creating multiple duplicate-sets of bookmarks on Firefox, unknowingly for most people slowing their copy of Firefox browser to a crawl, making it practically unusable. In my case, 2 years ago, TOTALLY unusable. It crushed my system, messed up 4 computers, and then it took a year of trouble shooting, Mac Store after max store, changing hard drives, adding Ram, etc, only to finally discover it was XMARKS bloating up Firefox so badly it was running under a 100-ton weight. For over a year customers have told Xmarks mgmt this problem, and Xmarks told customers "this is not our priority". BELOW, READ their priority. And now they are dead... Hey, Xmarks, Nordstroms learned this decades ago; so did Farmer Brown at the General Store in East Texas: Listen to your customers.
    • Sure is sad to hear that, guess I will have to start doing it manually.

      This seems easy for me (mostly due to the fact that I have less than 500 bookmarks), hopefully it won't be hell on Earth for those with over 4000 bookmarks.

      Really loved this extension for what it was made for at first (SYNCING BOOKMARKS BETWEEN COMPUTERS AND BROWSERS, NOTHING MORE), will really miss it :(. Within 4 months, when this free syncing ends, I will be expecting Mozilla, Google and Microsoft to place a price on their service (because the leading competitor is out of the game).
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  • I’m amazed.
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    I can't believe that this service is still operational. What stupid idiot would pay money at the rate of $10 per year for a broken piece of trash?
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  • I’m hopeful
    Still operational, but now considering merging with another company. See the original thread on them shutting down.

    They don't have Xmarks for Chrome ready to avoid creating duplicates yet; Xmarks for IE and Xmarks for Firefox are already much better at avoiding duplicate creation.

    After Xmarks for Chrome finished creating duplicates for me, I had 35,420 bookmarks. Down to around 18,000 now that I've deleted most of the duplicates, using the CheckPlaces add-on for Firefox. Now working on the 6,000 or so with the URL changed to about:blank - correcting these will be slower.

    The SyncPlaces competitor (currently for Firefox only) is planning to add a cross-browser version for Chrome, and probably versions for other browsers later.
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  • I’m frustrated
    still has the duplicate issues just cleaned 5 complete sets of duplicates and disabled FM
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  • ((still has the duplicate issues just cleaned 5 complete sets of duplicates and disabled FM))

    This borders on insane Orwellian humor. Let me summarize for anyone still monitoring situiation:

    1. Years ago Foxmarks bookmarks sync app leads the entire industry as one of the very first extensions for mozilla's Firefox cross-platform browser extensions platform. It becomes one of the most widely used, most widely trusted, highest downloaded and installed extensions of all time, included on most tech industry writers' "25 MUST HAVE FIREFOX EXTENSIONS" lists, such as Lifehackers, CNET, etc. ... Life is good. It works beautifully, and is the first implementation ever of a simple and RELIABLE bookmarks-sync program that ties together every PC and Mac in anyone's office or home, unifying all bookmarks, with constant updates to most current set, no matter which computer you added a new bookmark to, whether on a PC or a Mac -- a dream come true.

    2. Flash forward a few years and Foxmarks rebrands to become Xmarks. Initially this seems to me like a great idea. They are prepping to extend the phenomenal success of their sync system for the Firefox browser to now extend the concept of complete bookmark synchronization to other browsers as well, such as Safari and Chrome. Very nice rebranding. Excellent customer communication about the brand transition. Initially all is well.

    3. Then the [black box] period, the cause of which would only be discovered years later, HERE ON THESE VERY PAGES AT GETSATISFACTION.com: Use of Firefox browsers became slower and slower for everyday normal usage on a computer. Not just in synchronizing bookmarks, but in simply using the browser at all. If you were using Firefox on a Mac, it was now common in this [X period of 2-3 years ago] that every single move in firefox, whether opening a new tab, or loading a page would produce the dreaded "spinning beachball", which was a "processor working" or "processor stuck" indicator (simplifying it). For people like me, not knowing 3 years ago what was the cause, I too Mac in to Apple's Mac store, was told to max out my RAM, which I did, buy all new hard drives, which i did, and various other performance maximization solutions. However the problem persisted and Apple stores (multiple stores including Apple's flagship San Francisco store downtown) "Genius Bars" could not figure out the cause. Baffled.

    4. Flash forward again and the discovery of this site, and for the first time someone found the explanation -- these duplicate sets, triplicate sets, etc. caused by some BUG in Xmarks' code. Stunningly, even after this BUG was posted here at this site -- a site for customer satisfaction where companies PARTICIPATE in the feedback process and engage in dialogue with customers, ostensibly to SOLVE PROBLEMS, Xmarks employee comments in all of the threads on this site were STONEWALLS. They denied the problem at first, then when customers said "please fix!", their answer was an astonishing "we have many priorities ahead of this one, unfortunately" -- something to this effect. They blatantly were saying, in effect, "we know there is a problem, but we are choosing not to allocate resources to fix this, because we have more important things to do"... This despite all these threads.

    5. Other customers posted WORKAROUNDS like "Check Places" to enable users to clean up the multiple duplicate sets, but the problem is, Xmarks was still broken and even if you used a 3rd party solution, in itself insane, and got back to a clean set, Xmarks would go right back to polluting it again with duplicates and triplicates, due to the bug not fixed because Xmarks was too busy working on more important things.

    6. Flash forward again. Xmarks announces it has failed as a company and is closing its doors. Its CEO explains in a post on its company blog a convoluted reason: They had tried to monetize Xmarks by trying to find ways for people to buy the "corpus" something or other (could not even just use the human word: dataset; in every case, over and over he was infected with his own duplication bug and used this "corpus" term over and over). The explanation, though, is a sad disclosure of how a very excellent product got ruined by a complete failure to understand what customers wanted and address how t mentize it THAT way, vs ignoring customer desires and going into MBA mode and customers-be-damned we will find a way to monetize our corpus something of user favorites, and allocate our resources to THAT vs putting them into fixing this little BUG that was ruining people's experience with their once flagship browser.

    7. SMALL OUTCRY: No! bring Xmarks back! We love it. We need it!... A small chorus of those with small bookmark sets, of people who did not have the nightmare problems of multiple duplication sets, caused Xmarks to rethink and stay open. But that's not all.

    8. They expanded in to iphone apps and android apps and now have spread their magic to mobile browsing as well.

    9. All to come back and find that on March 5, 2011, a user posts here above my post, and says "I STILL HAVE THE DUPLICATES PROBLEM".

    A total clusterf@#$%

    Please do not delete this post. It would be a terrible shame (and sham) if you did. That goes out to GetSatisfaction.com as well as Xmarks.
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  • I’m frustrated by duplicates
    I even disabled automatic sync and still got duplicates. I'm currently leaving my foxmarks plugin disabled in chrome.
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  • I think that LastPass got owned by buying xmarks up, and once they saw the fail code didn't think it was worth fixing. :/ bummed out.
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  • So do I I noticed it started duplicating when I was using Chrome inf act they had a warning it would cause duplications if using Chrome so deleted X Marks from Chrome, Yet even doing that a few months ago when I went to check my book marks I had them in there at least 3 times. and I paid for this?Geesh Haven't looked for another program seems like they all have some type of problems, normally I use Firefox only occasionally IE8 Chrome i use very seldom to many problems with it. Anyway to bad we have paid for this service yet the dups are a huge problem. they need to fix that doubt if they will though they have our money so why would they fix anything. Disgusted..as heck
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  • I’m Feeling dumb right now.
    Hey, I had a strange thing happen.

    OLD bookmarks popped up! I mean, ones I deleted months ago all of the sudden came back out of the blue!
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  • I’m frustrated
    I use Chrome and IE9. If I try to sync bookmarks between Chrome and IE9 the IE9 bookmarks bar goes crazy - duplicates created and the wrong icons assigned to the sites I've bookmarked. I've disabled Xmarks on IE9 now as it causes more trouble than it's worth.
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  • I'm a paid user and about ready to delete x mark from firefox and ie8 getting tired of all the duplicates and folders with funny signs at the end of them like !@#$%% seriously lots of my folders all end in funny signs. How can I stop the paid for version as you charge me each year for it yet I have no idea who to contact.. Fed Up
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  • I have no idea either, but I've found a good Firefox extension for finding and deleting duplicate bookmarks, called Checkplaces:

    http://www.andyhalford.com/checkplaces/

    Caution - not clear if it's ever been tested with any version of Firefox past version 6.

    Does not handle duplicate folders.
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  • Thank you I'll check it out see what it says. I went ahead and cleaned them all up again but still fed up with all these duplicates after over a year now still not fixed ...What is up with that this should have been fixed a long time ago now all I want is out of this mess rather sick of it and I sent an e-mail to support still no answer
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  • All I do with Xmarks (Chrome) now is enable it, upload my current bookmarks, then disable it. I find it too unpredictable when trying to sync with IE and all I end up doing is a lot of unnecessary housekeeping. Great idea but not matched by the performance.
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  • I have not seen any new entries for this problem for over 1 year. Any solutions yet?
    Seems like it would not be that big a deal to program a duplicate remover.

    I use Xmarks for Chrome 1.0.26, Chrome ver 31.0.1650.63
    At least it's not slowing down Chrome noticeably for me (using Win 7 Pro).

    But I have thousands of duplicate bookmarks, and no way to remove them in a batch.
    I have done a manual download and a manual repair, but nothing helps. I'm not willing to throw all of the bookmarks out and start over.
    Ridiculous!
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  • I’m frustrated
    Solution: stop using Xmarks like I did. Since IE and Safari and Chrome all replicate I will manually update IE and Safari every month on the first Saturday of that month and voila. I know it's not great, but ... duplicates of doom have precluded me from using Xmarks.
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  • There is now a duplicate remover, but not in the part of the software that installs on your computer. Bring up My Xmarks, log in, then click on Tools to see it.
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  • yes there is (it is there for about 2-3 years) but it does not worth a cent... not an automatic tool just an interface to for bookmarks, using that tool you must delete the duplicated bookmarks... you can do it browser too, and the tool does not show which folder contains the bookmarks...
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  • My iDevice-user solution is to stop using X-Marks and use iCloud Control Panel for Windows instead. You'll need an iCloud account, which is only creatable if you own an Apple device, then you configure it to sync Chrome and I.E. with iCloud Bookmarks.

    Not an all-person solution, but it helped in getting rid of the none-stop X-Marks headaces...
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  • Just my two cents:

    Xmarks has been pretty robust for me, but I do run into duplicates once in a while. What's frustrating is that I can't exactly put my finger on what caused the duplication. But my feeling is that when you move around many folders and change names of more than a few folders, it can be a cause for duplication.

    In any event, my quick fix is that go to Xmarks.com, and restore the immediately previous set of bookmarks, and download them.
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