Do you want to use your Google Chrome bookmarks from other browsers? Do you want to share your bookmarks with your friends or co-workers? Do you want to export all your bookmarks that you have saved up until now by following just some simple steps? Or are you worried that something might happen to your browser and now you’re looking for a way to save all your bookmarks in your pc’s storage to secure them from data loss?
If yes, you came to the right place, here we will discuss the simplest way of exporting all your bookmarks from chrome, right to the file or folder you would want them to be, this method is very easy, and it works for all the operating systems that are used on computers.
What are chrome bookmarks
Suppose you visit a website that you believe is going to come in handy, and you don’t want to lose the address of that website, so you decide to save the address in your browser so you can visit it again whenever you want to. This is exactly what bookmarks do for you, they are used to save all those websites that you want to visit and use soon.
The bookmarks can be accessed easily from the menu of Google chrome, and you can see that all the bookmarks that you have saved until that point are present there. You can then choose whichever website you want to visit and take advantage of what it offers, now the question arises, how can someone export all these bookmarks that are saved into your web browser.
Why export the bookmarks from chrome:
There are several reasons you would want to export the bookmarks from chrome, you can do so because you might think that something might happen to your browser and you might lose your bookmarks, so you want to save them, or you want to share them with other users that require the bookmarks that you’re using, or you might want to export and save the bookmarks so that you can import them into another browser, which will let you use the bookmarks that you saved in chrome and then you can visit the websites you want in your preferred browser.
Whatever the reason might be, the process is simple and easy to perform, it will not take you long to export all the bookmarks that you saved till that point.
How to export bookmarks from Google chrome:
If you want to export the bookmarks so that you can use the websites in another browser, chrome allows you to do that. You can do that through an HTML file, the benefit of this is that you can do this on any version of chrome, you can do this on chrome created for all types of OS based chrome types, including Linux, iOS and windows. This is because chrome was created for all these operating systems simultaneously. Saying that, you must keep in mind that your operating system is entirely different from others so you may have to see some differences here and there.
You can export your bookmarks saved by following the steps given below:
- Click the three dots given on the top right corner of your chrome window, and this will give you a menu with different options in it.
- You will see a “bookmarks” option there, click on it.
- Now click and choose the bookmark manager, this will open a new page that will show you all the available bookmarks.
- There, you will see that there is now another three vertical dot menu that is below the one you opened to get here. You will have to click on the three vertical dots that are below, and this will open another drop-down menu with different options in it.
- You will see the option, “export bookmarks” click on it and this will open the file explorer of the operating system.
- Now go to the path and open the folder where you want to export and save the bookmarks, and then click on save.
With this method you can save and export your bookmarks in the form of an HTML file, which you can then send to someone else if you want to share it or you can load it into your preferred browser.
We have only discussed desktop computers because unfortunately, you cannot export bookmarks into your mobile phone. The only possible way for that is using the sync feature using your Google account. However, there are several tools that have been created for this purpose and you can use them to export them.
Restore your chrome bookmarks:
You might have to restore all your bookmarks if you somehow lost them from your browser, you could do that only if you exported the bookmarks and saved them.
You can restore them by following the steps given below,
Select import bookmarks:
On the top right corner of chrome’s window, you will see the three vertical dots, click on them and hover your pointer over the bookmarks option, this will open another drop-down menu which has all the options that are related to your bookmarks. Select and choose the “import bookmarks and settings…” option.
Configure your import settings:
A box will appear in front of you that will show you the import settings to configure. Check the boxes by clicking on them and select and choose the ones that you want and then click on the “bookmarks HTML file” option.
Choose the File:
Once you have followed the above steps, you will have the option to choose whichever file you want to choose. Choose the file you had saved previously to restore all the bookmarks that are in that file.
After you have chosen the file, simply select and click on the import button and the rest is up to the browser to do, and then you will have access to all the bookmarks that were stored in that file you uploaded. If you import your bookmarks, then you will find them in the separate folder named as “Imported”.
Where are bookmarks of chrome stored in your PC:
Chrome will have to use storage from your hard drive-in order to store the bookmarks, the path that chrome uses to store these bookmarks is not easily accessible as it uses a long path,
You can find the bookmarks in your directory in the following path:
If you want to delete your bookmarks through this directory for some reason, remember that you will have to close the program of the directory you’re accessing, which means that you will have to close google chrome to modify or delete something from this path.
Moreover, you can use the Sync feature to sync all your settings, including bookmarks, between different browsers, this means that you can sync your settings between Google Chrome and some other browsers that support this feature such as Mozilla Firefox.
It is not considered necessary as people have their opinions on it, many people find it useful, and many want to keep their own separate profile with each of their devices, saying that the users of Google Chrome have reported that their Sync setting provides a smooth, and seamless experience, even when you’re adding a new device. And by activating the sync between all your devices, you will see that all your settings are now in sync, this means that you will have same settings and themes on all your devices and once you change a setting, it will be changed in all devices that you have set in sync with each other.
How to transfer your Chrome bookmarks to other browsers:
If you want to use your chrome bookmarks through any other browser like Firefox, you can do that easily, in any browser like Safari, Firefox, or internet explorer, but we will take firefox for example here.
- Launch Firefox.
- Click and choose the library menu, which is present on the right side of the search bar.
- Select and choose Bookmarks and then select, show all bookmarks.
- Click the import backup button from there, which will open another menu and choose “import data from another browser” from there.
- Firefox will automatically detect the browsers that are installed on your PC, you can select the browser you want to import from, but here we will select and choose Google Chrome.
- Click the Next
- Then Firefox will use the import wizard to help you in selecting or deselecting the data you want or don’t want, uncheck any items that you don’t want to import from chrome.
- Click Next and click Finish to start importing.
We have thoroughly discussed the method for exporting bookmarks that you have stored so far in Google Chrome, and we have done this through a very simple step by step procedure which further shows that it’s not difficult to export all your bookmarks from chrome. You can follow the above-given procedure and you will have the file in the folder you want, ready to be used whenever you need it.