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Exporting/Importing Browser Bookmarks

This KB document explains how to export bookmarks from various browser types to a file that can be used for importing to the same or other browsers.

The following is a simple guide for exporting saved bookmarks from your browser of choice into a file that can be used for importing to the same or another browser type. This may be useful for backing up bookmarks or sharing bookmarks with a colleague. Similar steps as described for each can also be used to import bookmarks. Please see the guide below specific to your browser.

Microsoft Edge

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  • As the built-in browser for Windows, Microsoft Edge will save bookmarks and directly associate them with your NetID that you use to log into your computer and various other Microsoft-related apps. Sync is on by default but you can check if your account is synced and what specifically is syncing from Edge by clicking the gear icon to manage your profile and then select the Sync category.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+O to open the Favorites panel. Alternatively, you may select Favorites from the shooting star icon at the end of the address bar or from the drop down menu that appears after clicking on the three small dots in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.

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  • Click the three dots again that appear at the top of the Favorites panel and select "Export favorites" to save as a HTML file.

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  • You may also follow these same steps to import bookmarks by selecting "Import favorites". This will open the settings menu that will allow you to choose to import your bookmarks and settings from another browser you have installed or from a HTML file.

Google Chrome

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  • First verify if you are logged into a Google account in Chrome by checking the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. If you are logged into an account, your bookmarks will be saved to that account and will appear again when logging into Chrome on another computer if you have Sync turned on. You can check this by clicking on the profile icon and looking for Sync above the link to manage your Google Account. If it is off or you want to adjust your sync settings, click on "Sync is..." to go that settings page.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+O (⌘+Option+B on Mac) to open the Bookmark Manager page. Alternatively, you may select the Bookmarks manager from the drop down menu that appears after clicking the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the browser window and mousing over Bookmarks.

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  • On the Bookmark manager page there will be three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the page itself (on mouse over the word "Organize" appears). Clicking this will open another short drop down menu. Select "Export bookmarks" to save them as a HTML file.

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  • You may also follow these same steps to import bookmarks by selecting "Import bookmarks" and selecting an HTML file to import.

Mozilla Firefox

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  • As with the other browsers above, check if you're logged into Firefox by clicking the three horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. If you are logged into an account, your bookmarks will be saved to that account and will appear again when logging into Firefox on another computer as long as you have Sync turned on. You can click "Sync Now" after clicking your profile icon. You can manage what is being synced by going to the Settings page from the menu and clicking on "Sync".
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+O (Shift+⌘+O on Mac) to open the bookmarks management window. Alternatively, you may select "Manage Bookmarks" from the bottom of the drop down menu after clicking the three horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window and clicking "Bookmarks" then "Manage bookmarks" at the bottom. Unlike other browsers, this will open a new, smaller window titled "Library".

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  • Along the top bar of the window is an option for "Import and Backup". Select this option and then "Export Bookmarks to HTML" to save them as a HTML file.

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  • You may also follow these same steps to import bookmarks by selecting "Import bookmarks" and selecting an HTML file to import. When importing bookmarks, they will be saved under "Bookmarks Menu" and you can organize them as you wish from there.

Safari

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  • Safari is similar to Microsoft Edge in that it is generally linked to your Apple ID or NetID associated with the logged in user.
  • Click the File drop down menu from the task bar along the top of the screen and mouse down to "Export", then select "Bookmarks..." to save as a HTML file.

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  • To import bookmarks, simply choose "Import From" from the File drop down menu and then choose from the list of browsers there or the "Bookmarks HTML file..." option.

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Keywordsbookmarks, bookmark, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, import, export   Doc ID127453
OwnerJordan R.GroupUW-La Crosse
Created2023-04-25 10:41:50Updated2024-07-08 14:55:25
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