Do bookmarks slow down a browser?
Do bookmarks slow down a browser in general? Not necessarily talking about start-up alone, but more about the actual browsing of webpages...
Nope, they don't.
What about if you have the bookmarks bar enabled, and many bookmarks in that bookmarks toolbar folder?
It's a circular thing. More bookmarks-> more easily corrupted bookmarks -> bigger file size -> more RAM used -> more Pagefile usage -> slower computer.
If your bookmarks seem to have become corrupted for some reason, you can use the Places Maintenance extension, which has been developed by a member of the Firefox engineering team.
This question was just brought to my attention, sorry for answering on such a old question, but I want to counter the other answers!
They are all correct on all browsers OTHER than IE.
I agree with the other answers - every day browsing is normal.. however, I used to have several thousand bookmarks (now many thousand more!) and, IE does not keep these in a database, it uses individual files.
Whenever I clicked the favourites button, it would freeze the window for some time whilst it generated the list. This is quite annoying and the main reason I switched browsers.