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How to Export and Import your Browser Bookmarks and Settings?

How to Export and Import your Browser Bookmarks and Settings?

We all have faced with operating system crash and lose of data and since we can’t image using computer without internet and its main tool web browser it is hard to imagine that we lose all those precious bookmarks and settings we have created and adjusted. I will be covering few different browsers since not every user use same browser, however this procedure is almost the same in every browser, the only difference is location of ”Options” menu. Browsers that I will cover in this How-To guide are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer.

Google Chrome Bookmarks and Settings Export/Import

As always I’m starting with my favorite browser Google Chrome and first I will explain how to Export your bookmarks and settings:

1. Go to your Bookmarks Manager. You can do that on two different ways:

2. by clicking ”Customize and Control” menu who is located in top right corner of you browser and then choose ”Bookmarks” and click on ”Bookmark Manager” or by using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+O

3. Once you are inside Bookmark Manager choose ”Organize” and click on ”Export Bookmarks to HTML file…”

4. In new opened window choose location and name for your .html file and click ”Save”

5. Your Google Chrome Bookmarks and Settings are now exported, just remember to save them on a flash drive or disk in case of system crash.

Now let see how you can import your Bookmarks and Settings. Using Google Chrome you can import bookmarks and settings from different browsers or by importing .html we learned how to export in above 4 steps. First I will show you how you can import them from other browsers e.g. Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer:

1. Once you have opened Google Chrome go to ”Customize and Control” menu who is located in top right corner of you browser.

2. Now choose ”Bookmarks” and then click on ”Import Bookmarks and settings…”

3. New Google Chrome tab will open offering you to import Bookmarks and Settings from different Browser which are installed in your computer

4. Simple Choose browser from which you want to import and then select items

Now if you want to import bookmarks from .html file do following:

1. Go to you Bookmark Manager by using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+O

2. Once Bookmark Manager is opened choose Organize and then click on ”Import bookmarks from HTML file…”

3. Locate your exported .html file and choose ”Open”

4. Now restart your browser and your Bookmarks and Settings should be restored.

Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks and Settings Export/Import

To export Bookmarks and Settings in Mozilla Firefox do the following:

1. Click on Firefox options menu located in top left corner of your browser and choose ”Bookmarks” then click on ”Show All Bookmarks”

2. Once you are inside Bookmark Manager choose ”Import and Backup” and choose ”Export Bookmarks to HTML…” to export your bookmarks.

3. Choose the name and location for your .html export file.

To import your bookmarks

1. Click on Firefox options menu located in top left corner of your browser and choose ”Bookmarks” then click on ”Show All Bookmarks”

2. Once you are inside Bookmark Manager choose ”Import and Backup” and then choose ”Import Bookmarks from HTML…”

3. New window will open, choose your .html bookmarks file and click Open.

4. Restart your Firefox browser so changes take affect

Opera Browser Bookmarks Export/Import

To export Bookmarks in Opera do the following:

1. Open Opera browsers and click Opera menu located in top left corner.

2. From dropdown menu go to ”Bookmarks” and choose ”Manage Bookmarks…”

Opera Web Browser Bookmarks Manager

3. New tab will open, here you can see all your bookmarks within Opera browser; now on top of your screen you will see ”File” option, click on it and from dropdown menu choose the way you want to export your bookmarks. Opera offers you two ways:

  • To export your bookmarks in Opera format (*.adr) which will be readable only inside Opera
  • To export your bookmarks in .html format; If you export your bookmarks on this way you can use this export file in many other browsers not only Opera.

To import your bookmarks do the following:

1. Repeat above 1, 2, 3 steps and once you click on ”File” dropdown menu choose one of four offered ways to import your Bookmarks:

  • Import Opera Bookmarks…
  • Import Firefox Bookmarks…
  • Import Internet Explorer Bookmarks…
  • Import Konqueror bookmarks…

2. From new open window locate your bookmarks file and click Open.

Safari Bookmarks Export/Import

To import bookmarks, choose File > Import Bookmarks, and then double-click the file that contains the bookmarks you want to import. Normally the file will have ”.html” or ”.plist” at the end of its name

To export bookmarks, choose File > Export Bookmarks, and specify a location for the exported file. The file’s name will be ”Safari bookmarks.html.” Most browsers are able to import this type of file.

Internet Explorer Bookmarks Export/Import

To Export favorites from Internet Explorer 9 do following:

1. Click on Favorites menu located in top right corner of your screen

2. Click the drop down arrow next to Add to favorites and in dropdown menu choose ”Import and Export…”

Import Bookmarks to IE9

3. In new window choose ”Export to a file” and click next

4. Now check what you want to export and click Next

5. Click Next again and choose location where you want t Export your files and click Next then Export and confirm with Finish

Your Internet Explorer 9 favorites, cookies etc… are now exported. Make sure you backup that exported file in case of system crash. To import your bookmarks in IE9 do following.

1. Repeat above steps 1 and 2

2. Choose Import from a file and click Next

3. Check what you want to import and click Next

4. Click browse and locate you Internet Explorer 9 bookmarks file and click Next

5. Click Import and Finish

There you are; no matter which web browser you use, by now you should be familiar how to export or import your browser bookmarks, settings or cookies.

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