How to Back Up / Migrate Browser Bookmarks

Jonathan Santoya -


Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon at the top-right corner of your browser window, point to Bookmarks, and select Bookmark manager. (You can also quickly open the Bookmark manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+O.)


Click the Organize menu and select Export bookmarks to HTML file. (To import your bookmarks later, select the Import bookmarks from HTML file option.)


Chrome will give the HTML file a name containing the current date.

Mozilla Firefox

Click the Firefox menu, point to Bookmarks, and select Show All Bookmarks. (You can also press Ctrl+Shift+B to quickly open the bookmarks library window.)


Click the Import and Backup menu and select Export Bookmarks to HTML. (The Backup option will create a .json file, which other browsers can’t open.) Use the Import Bookmarks from HTML option here to import bookmarks in the future.


Firefox will give the backup file a name of “bookmarks.html” by default. You may want to change the file name and add more information, such as the date.

Internet Explorer

Click the star-shaped favorites icon, click the little arrow to the right of Add to favorites, and select Import and Export.


Select the Export to a file option and click Next.


Check the Favorites checkbox and click Next.


Select the favorites you want to export – to export all your favorites, select the favorites folder at the top. (It’s selected by default.)


Provide a name for the file. It’s named bookmark.htm by default, but you may want to name it something like bookmarks_date.html. Click Export and IE will create a backup file.


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