Import Bookmarks and Other Browsing Data to Google Chrome

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Import Bookmarks and Settings

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Google Chrome is a popular browser that doesn't come pre-installed with Windows. It makes sense that over time, a user might use Internet Explorer (which is a part of Windows) for their bookmarking needs but then want to transfer them over to Chrome sometime later.

The same is true with other browsers like Firefox. Fortunately, Chrome makes it really easy to copy those favorites, passwords and other details directly into Google Chrome in just a few seconds.

How to Import Bookmarks & Other Data

There are a couple ways to copy favorites into Google Chrome, and the method depends on where the bookmarks are currently stored.

Import Chrome Bookmarks

If you want to import Chrome bookmarks you've already backed up to an HTML file, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Bookmark Manager in Chrome.

    The fastest way to do this is to press Ctrl+Shift+O on your keyboard. You could instead click the Chrome menu button (the three vertically stacked dots) and navigate to Bookmarks > Bookmark manager.
  2. Click Organize to open a submenu of other options.
  3. Choose Import bookmarks from HTML file....

Import Internet Explorer or Firefox Bookmarks

Use these instructions if you need to import the bookmarks stored in Firefox or Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the Chrome menu (the three dots under the "Exit" button).
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Under the People section, click the button called Import bookmarks and settings....
  4. To load IE bookmarks into Chrome, select Microsoft Internet Explorer from the drop-down menu. Or, choose Mozilla Firefox if you need those favorites and browser data files.
  5. After you select one of those browsers, you can pick what to import, such as the browsing history, favorites, passwords, search engines and form data.
  6. Click Import to have Chrome immediately start copying over the data.
  7. Click Done to close out of that window and return to Chrome.

You should get a Success! message to indicate that it went smoothly. You can find the imported bookmarks on the bookmarks bar in their own respective folders: Imported From IE or Imported From Firefox.