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- February 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm #86639Participant@oghenemarho
Bookmarks are synonymous with browsers. The internet is a vast trove of information that continues to grow at a ridiculous rate and every time we connect to it through our browser windows, we get to glimpse a tiny bit of it, and explore new content that often goes beyond the usual sites we visit. Sometimes this new content is not that interesting, other times it is really great stuff that we want to take note of or comeback to at a later date. It is for scenarios like this that bookmarks were created. They help you to store a reference to a particular webpage or website on your local computer in such a way that you can easily access it later on without having to remember the exact name of the website or its URL.
Modern browsers allow you to save and categories bookmarks (or favorites, as some browsers refer to them) according to whatever system you choose, using folders and sub folders to add some level of organization when the number of bookmarks grows from just a few dozen to hundreds. Indeed, that’s not an impossible number to reach, especially if you’ve been using the same browser for a very long time.
So imagine you’ve been using a certain web browser on your personal computer for several years now and it that time, you’ve accumulated a massive library of bookmarks that you consider so valuable that now that you’ve chosen to switch to another browser, you want to carry them along with you. How exactly do you go about doing that? Of course, the easiest way would be to follow the instructions for migrating your data if you just newly installed the browser that you want to move to on the same system where the old one with all your data is. Most modern browser when installed for the first time, come with a migration wizard that helps you move things like your saved passwords, browser settings, preferred search engine, browsing history and bookmarks from whatever browser you have installed on your computer, to the new one. But let’s assume this isn’t a newly installed browser that you are moving to, yet you still want to migrate your bookmarks, what do you do?
Today, we will be going through the steps you should take to both export all your bookmarks and then import them for some of the most popular web browsers out there (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Apple’s Safari).
To backup or export your bookmarks in Google’s Chrome browser, first you need to launch the browser and click on the three vertical dots at the top right of the browser window. From the drop down menu that appears, move to Bookmarks > Bookmark manager and click on it. This will open up a new tab in the browser that shows all the bookmarks you currently have in that browser and you can perform basic management tasks like deleting, creating new folders and moving around your bookmarks. You can also access Chrome’s bookmark manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + O on your keyboard with your web browser as the active window.
In this new tab, there should be another row of three dots at the top right and just below the one you clicked on earlier. Click on this and select the Export bookmarks option from the list. This action will open up a save as dialog box asking you to choose where you want the file containing your exported bookmarks to be saved.
One thing to note here is that the format of the file that your bookmarks will be saved as is a HTML document. This is the default format for webpages and by saving your bookmarks in this format, it means that it can be accessed by any web browser and all the other browsers we will cover here will also export their bookmarks using this format. You could even open the exported file in your web browser to verify that the no bookmarks were missed. Opening the exported file in your browser will show your bookmarks listed by name as web links that will take you to the site related to each bookmark.
If Chrome is the browser that you want to import your bookmarks to then you can do so by going back to the same bookmark manager mentioned above (Ctrl + Shift + O or Menu > Bookmarks > Bookmark manager), clicking the three dot menu on the top right and selecting Import bookmarks this time. This will open the dialog box that will allow you locate and select the html file containing the bookmarks you want to import. Once you select the right file and click on Open, Google Chrome will read the file and import all the bookmarks contained in it. The process happens in the background but in the bookmark manager you will see a new folder named Imported that contains all the bookmarks you just added to the browser. You can leave them in that folder or manage their locations as you see fit. You can also choose to import bookmarks from Menu > Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings which will allow you to import directly from another browser on your system or from a html file like we did earlier.
To begin the export process, in your Firefox browser, press Ctrl + Shift + B or go to the menu and select Library > Bookmarks > Show all bookmarks. This will open a new window where you can access your browser history, completed downloads and your bookmarks.
Click on the Import and Backup button at the top of this window will drop down a menu with the options to export or import bookmarks to/from HTML. As with Chrome, selecting any of these options opens up a dialog box to select the location of your file and what you want to name it. Whatever bookmarks you import are visible in the sidebar on the left side of the window and you can edit and manage them from there.
Microsoft’s new browser Edge continues the tradition it started with its older Internet Explorer browser, of referring to bookmarks as favorites, which can be a little confusing if you are coming from other browsers on this list. Pressing Ctrl + Shift + O or navigating to Favorites > Manage Favorites from Edge’s menu button will open up a new tab in the browser where you can manage all your saved bookmarks.
At the bottom right of this page are links you can click on to import or export favorites to Edge. Clicking on Export Favorites will open the usual dialog box but clicking on import takes you to a popup box from the settings page asking you to import browser data. The drop down menu in this box allows you to choose whether you want to import from a browser or html file and if you select the latter option, a dialog box launches to select the file with the bookmarks you want to import.
Things are pretty straightforward here as well. From Safari’s File menu, select Export Bookmarks and when prompted, enter your preferred file name and save location in the dialog box then click Okay.
To import bookmarks, from the same File menu in Safari, select Import From > Bookmarks HTML File and navigate to where the file with your bookmarks is located then press Okay to complete the import process.
That’s pretty much it. There are dozens of other web browsers out there but these processes for exporting/importing bookmarks described above can apply to all of them in some way or the other with just a few modifications.
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