Usually Internet users have their own sets of bookmarks, i.e. frequently visited sites. Although modern browsers (such as Chrome), offer syncing feature, sometimes it can fail. As a result, all bookmarks are gone. How to prevent this from happening? By exporting your bookmarks in a file and storing them in a safe place.
Moreover, exporting bookmarks from Chrome is an easy and handy way to save all important information when you reinstall Windows or transfer settings to another account.
Let's talk about it in a more detailed way using the Google Chrome browser as an example. Our step-by-step manual with related useful information will help to perform this procedure yourself, even if you're an inexperienced PC user.
Exporting a file via Bookmark Manager
Using Chrome settings, you can easily export bookmarks in a local HTML file. This format is pretty wide spread and commonly used: you can import it in almost any browser or open it as a web page.
Well then, in order to export bookmarks in HTML:
- Launch Chrome.
- Click Customize and Control Google Chrome (three vertical dots in the window upper right corner).
- In the drop-down menu open Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager.
- Use the Organize menu (three vertical points) > Export bookmarks in order to save a file.
- In the system dialogue specify HTML Text as the format for saving bookmarks.
- The file will be given Bookmarks alongside with the current date as its name, but you can change if necessary.
- Select the folder where you want to save your browser bookmarks and click Save.
A tip: if you're planning to reinstall the OS, you should copy the file with bookmarks to a cloud storage (such as Dropbox or Google Drive), a USB flash drive or a NON-system drive.
Bookmarks can be easily restored (i.e. imported):
- Open Bookmark Manager (Shift + Esc).
- In the Bookmark Manager window select Import bookmarks.
- Specify the path to your HTML document and click Open.
A related article: Restoring bookmarks: a step-by-step manual
Syncing bookmarks via a Google account
Another advantage of Google Chrome is its feature of online bookmark syncing. With your Google account you can easily open bookmarks on any computer or mobile device. All data is stored in the cloud.
If you already have an active Google account, follow these steps:
- Launch Chrome. Go to Settings.
- Open People > Sync and Google Services.
- Enter your Google account credentials. You can save them for later use.
- When the Turn on sync window appears, confirm your action by clicking OK.
- Select the data for syncing. Make sure that the Bookmark option is enabled.
After enabling syncing, all the marked data will be available on all devices with the same profile. From now on you can access anything saved to your bookmarks on any device.
If needed, you can use multiple profiles in Google Chrome. The only thing you'll have to do is to enter your account details.
Exporting bookmarks in Chrome mobile version
The users of Chrome mobile version ask similar questions. Is it possible to backup and import bookmarks? Yes, it is possible since the browser moved to mobile platforms a long time ago. Chrome not only allows to display all kinds of websites on your smartphone screen, but also provides the capability to sync bookmarks between your PC and Android Google Chrome version.
Copying the bookmarks file on your own
You can do it without configuring the browser settings by manually copying the file with bookmarks. It can be used for further import or backup.
Chrome standard bookmark storage location is a hidden system folder (on Windows 10, 8, 7 & Vista):
C:\User name\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
for Mac OS:
Users/<username> / Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
Pay attention to the following two files:
- A file with the bookmarks called Bookmarks.
- And its backup copy called Bookmarks.bak.
A tip. If the bookmarks are “broken” in order to restore the previous copy you can simply rename the Bookmarks.bak file in Bookmarks and replace the previous copy.
In order to manually export a bookmark file:
1. Close Chrome.
2. Enable viewing hidden files in Explorer (Folder Options > View).
3. Open the folder with your bookmarks (see the path above) via File Explorer or any other File Manager.
4. Copy the specified Bookmarks file to a secure folder.