How to import and export browser bookmarks or favorites

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

BookmarkMost users have a preferred Internet browser. However, from time to time, they wish to try out a different browser or switch to a new one permanently. Much like moving to a different residence, users would like to take their things with them. In this case: their Internet bookmarks or favorites. To learn how to import your bookmarks or favorites from or export them to another browser, make your selection from the list below and follow the instructions.

Chrome

Microsoft Edge

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge Internet browser.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click the The More icon in Edge. icon.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.

The selector for the Settings menu in Microsoft Edge.

  1. Under the Import favorites and other info section, click the Import from another browser button.

The import from another browser in Microsoft Edge.

To import from another browser:

On the next screen, select the browser from which you'd like to import bookmarks (A), and then click the Import button (B). If you're successful in importing your bookmarks, there will be an "All done!" confirmation message (C).

How to import favorites from another browser in Microsoft Edge.

To export to or import from a file:

Saving favorites as an HTML file is a convenient way to backup, move, or restore them. Click either button and then save or locate a previously saved file.

The buttons to import or export favorites.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer versions 11 users.

  1. Open the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click the The tools icon in Microsoft Internet Explorer. icon.
  3. In the menu that appears, click the down arrow nex to The add to favorites button in Microsoft Internet Explorer..
  4. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Import and Export...

The import and export selector in Internet Explorer.

  1. In the Import/Export Settings menu, use the selectors on the side to choose whether you'd like to import from another browser, import from a file, or export to a file (A). Then click The next button in Internet Explorer. (B).

The import and export selectors in Internet Explorer.

To import from another browser:

  1. On the screen after you click the The next button in Internet Explorer. button, you'll see a list of browsers from which you can import bookmarks.
  2. Check the box next to browser whose bookmarks you'd like to import.
  3. Click the The import button in Internet Explorer. button, and then the The finish button in Internet Explorer. button.

To import from a file:

  1. On the screen after you click the The next button in Internet Explorer. button, you'll see, three options. These describe the location to which the bookmarks file will be imported.

The menu that the user select the location of imported bookmarks.

  1. Check the box next to each location you're interested in, then click The next button in Internet Explorer..
  2. Click the The browse... button in Internet Explorer. button and find the location from which you're importing the file.
  3. Once you've located the file, choose the import location and then click The import button in Internet Explorer..

The location to which a user wants to put bookmarks.

  1. Click the The finish button in Internet Explorer. button.

Export to a file:

  1. On the screen after you click the The next button in Internet Explorer. button, you'll see a list of locations to which you can export your favorites.

The menu that the user select the location of imported bookmarks.

  1. After you have chosen your location, click the The next button in Internet Explorer. button.
  2. Click the The browse... button in Internet Explorer. button and find the location to which you're exporting the file.
  3. Once you've chosen where to save your file, click the The save button in Internet Explorer. button.
  4. Click the The export button in Internet Explorer. button and then the The finish button in Internet Explorer. button.

Internet Explorer versions 5.0 to 8 users backing up favorites.

  1. Within Internet Explorer, click the File menu and Import and Export.
  2. Within the Import and Export window click Next.
  3. Click Export Favorites and click Next.
  4. Select the folder you want to backup; if you want to backup all favorites, leave the Favorites folder highlighted and click Next.
  5. Select the destination where you want to save your favorites and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.

Internet Explorer versions 5.0 to 8 recovering backup files from an Internet Explorer or Netscape backup.

  1. Within Internet Explorer, click the File menu and Import and Export.
  2. Within the Import and Export window click Next.
  3. Click Import Favorites and click Next.
  4. Select the location that contains your favorites and click Next.
  5. Select where you want to save your favorites and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.
Chrome 2

Google Chrome

Note: Chrome is unique in that all of your settings and bookmarks are tied to your Google account and backed up automatically.

  1. Open the Google Chrome Internet browser.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the window, click the The menu icon in Google Chrome. icon.
  3. Move your mouse over Bookmarks.

The selector for Bookmarks in Chrome.

To import bookmarks from another browser:

  1. Select Import bookmarks and settings...

The menu that allows users to import bookmarks and settings in Chrome.

  1. From the drop-down menu, choose the browser from which you'd like to import bookmarks (A), then click Import (B).

The menu that allows users to import bookmarks from another browser.

  1. If your import is successful, you should see a confirmation screen.

The confirmation screen for a successful bookmark import.

  1. Click DONE to finish.

To import from or export to a file:

  1. Select Bookmark Manager.

The bookmark manager in Chrome.

  1. In the Bookmarks manager, click The Organize icon in Google Chrome. in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Select either Import bookmarks or Export bookmarks.

The menu that allows users to import or export bookmarks.

  1. Click either button and then save or locate a previously saved file.
Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the window, click the The menu icon in Firefox. button.
  3. In the middle of the drop-down menu that appears, select Library.

The library selector in Firefox.

  1. In the Library menu, select Bookmarks.

The library menu in Firefox.

  1. At the bottom of the window, select Show all bookmarks.

The button to show bookmarks in Firefox.

  1. In the window that appears, click Import and Backup.

The selector for import and backup in Firefox.

To import bookmarks from another browser:

  1. Select Import Data from Another Browser...

The selector that allows users to import bookmarks from another browser.

  1. Choose the browser from which you'd like to import bookmarks (A) then click Next (B).

The menu from which users may select the browser to import bookmarks.

To export bookmarks to a file:

  1. Select Export Bookmarks to HTML...

The selector to export bookmarks in Firefox.

  1. Choose a location in which to save your bookmarks file, then click The save button in Internet Explorer. button.

To import bookmarks from a file:

  1. Select Import Bookmarks from HTML...

The selector to export bookmarks in Firefox.

  1. Choose a location in which to save your bookmarks file, then click the The save button in Internet Explorer. button.
Opera

Opera

  1. Open the Opera Internet browser.
  2. In the upper left-hand corner of the browser window, click the The menu button in the Opera Internet browser. button.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, move your mouse cursor over Bookmarks.

The selector for bookmarks in Opera.

To import bookmarks from another browser:

  1. Select Import bookmarks and settings...

The import bookmarks selector for Opera.

  1. In the new menu, select the browser from which you'd like to import bookmarks (A), then click Import (B).

The menu in which you select where to import bookmarks from.

  1. If your import is successful, you'll see a confirmation message. Click Done.

A successful import of bookmarks in Opera.

To export bookmarks to a file:

  1. Select Export bookmarks...

The selector for exporting bookmarks in Opera.

  1. Browse to the location in which you'd like your bookmarks, then click the The save button in Internet Explorer. button.
Netscape

Netscape

Note: By default, Netscape saves your bookmarks as bookmarks.html.

Netscape Communicator and Netscape 7.0 and above users backing up bookmarks

  1. Within Netscape, click Bookmarks and then Manage Bookmarks... or you my press the shortcut key combination Ctrl+B.
  2. Within the Bookmark Manager, click Tools, then Export.
  3. Select the location where you want to export the file and click OK.

Netscape Communicator and Netscape 7.0 and above users recovering backup files from Netscape backup or Internet Explorer.

  1. Within Netscape, click Bookmarks and Manage Bookmarks... or you may press the shorcut key combination Ctrl+B.
  2. Within the Bookmark Manager, click Tools, then Import.
  3. Select the file you want to Import and click Open.