How to Export Bookmarks in Google Chrome
You can easily move your bookmarks from Chrome browser to any other web browser or make a backup copy of them. In this tutorial, I will show you how to export your Chrome bookmarks in a few simple steps.
Google Chrome is currently the most popular web browser that is used more than any other browser on desktop computers and on mobile devices. Like any other web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, Chrome also allows you to keep and organize your bookmarks.
Bookmarks are simple shortcuts to any website or web page that you bookmarked and would like to visit at a later time, sometimes frequently, e.g. an online dictionary or a question and answer site. You can store pretty much any publicly available web page URL in your bookmarks and access it again with a simple click, any time you want. It is a great way to keep track of and organize your most visited websites, cool sites that you find online, sites that you listen to music, watch your favorite YouTube channels and more.
Sometimes, you may need to transfer your bookmarks from one web browser to another browser or to a social bookmarking website, or you may need to create a backup copy of your bookmarks before formatting your computer, uninstalling and reinstalling the Chrome browser or before selling your laptop to someone else.
TIP: Keeping an online copy of your bookmarks on one of the free online file storage sites is also a good idea as they will continue to be accessible even if you lose your local bookmarks or your computer crashes.
If you create frequent backups of your browser bookmarks, you can even compare your bookmark backup files with previous ones and see which new bookmarks you have stored and find the information you need.
Now, let's continue with the process of exporting bookmarks in Chrome.
Export Bookmarks to HTML File in Chrome Web Browser
We start with opening the Chrome browser.
STEP 1: Open Chrome browser using its shortcut on your computer. If you have multiple instances of Chrome open, it is better to close all and start with a fresh one.
STEP 2: Open the Bookmark Manager in Chrome. You can open it in one of the following ways:
a) Use the Ctrl + Shift + O keyboard shortcut (see all Chrome keyboard shortcuts).
b) Click on the Customize and Control Google Chrome button at the top right corner.
c) Type the following into the address bar and press Enter: chrome://bookmarks/
This will open the Bookmark Manager where you can view and organize your bookmarks.
Before exporting your bookmarks, you can organize them, delete the unused ones, reorder or rename them or place them in separate folders for easier access.
STEP 3: Once ready for export, click on the Organize link, which will open a dropdown menu like the following:
STEP 4: Select the option Export bookmarks to HTML file... to export your bookmarks and save them as an HTML file. You can name your bookmarks file as you wish but it is better to keep the date info for future reference.
Once the file is saved, the export process will be complete. You can now store that bookmarks file, which contains all the details about your bookmarks such as their URLs and titles, or import it to another web browser as you wish. You can even open that file in a text editor such as Notepad (or Notepad++) and edit as you want; pay attention not to break its structure though, as it may become unusable.
TIP: One of the unique ways that you can make use of bookmarks is to keep track of your YouTube comments in a simple and organized way.
Below, you can find some resources about a number of useful websites that you might want to add to your bookmarks for quicker access, instead of looking up on a search engine every single time:
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