Importing and exporting favorites, also called “bookmarks,” from one browser to another is quite easy to do. Safari, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome all allow you to export and import your favorites. Each browser will save your favorites into an HTML format so it can be recognized by other browsers.
First, I want to tell you that I recommend you use Safari for those using a Mac and Microsoft’s Edge for those using a PC. If you keep your machine free from viruses and malware using a reputable antivirus, you should have no problem surfing the internet with these two browsers.
Open Safari for those of you who are Mac users and, whether you want to import or export, select “File” in the menu bar and select your choice. If you are exporting, select the name of the file for your bookmarks and where you want to save it. If you are moving your bookmarks to another computer, save it to a flash drive, your email or the cloud. When you import, you will need to find the location of your file and then select “Import.”
PC users open Microsoft Edge. To import or export your favorites, click “Settings and more” located at the top-right of your browser by three dots and then at the bottom of the menu, click “Settings.” Under “Import favorites and other info,” click the “Import from another browser” button. Here you can choose to either import or export. If you export, remember to name your file something you can remember and save it to a location you can find easily. If you import, you will need to locate the file where you saved your favorites and then click “Open.”
For Google Chrome users, to export your favorites, open Google Chrome and click the three dots in the upper-right corner. From the menu, click “Bookmarks” and “Bookmark Manager.” A new browser tab will open displaying all of your stored bookmarks. Click the “Organize” button in the upper-left corner of the browser tab, and then click “Export Bookmarks.” Choose a location and then click “Save.”
To import your favorites into Google Chrome, at the top-right, click “More” and then click “Bookmarks” and then “Import bookmarks and settings.” Click the file that contains the bookmarks you’d like to import, click “Import” and then “Done.”
For more than 15 years, Scott Lindsay has helped thousands of people better their skills, publishing more than 500 articles about Apple and Microsoft software, the computer and the Internet. You can reach Scott for comments or questions at ScottLindsay@live.com.