How to Export Google Chrome Bookmarks to Explorer

By Kevin Lee

Some Internet surfers may not know that bookmarks are nothing more than regular HTML links. Browsers store these links using different names. Google Chrome, for instance, calls them "Bookmarks." Internet Explorer refers to them as "Favorites." Regardless of their names, you can transfer bookmarks between browsers by saving them as an HTML file and loading that file into another browser. To view your Chrome bookmarks in IE, use Chrome's "Export" feature to create this HTML file and Internet Explorer's "Import" feature to load it into IE.

Export from Chrome

Step 1

Launch Chrome. Click the icon shaped like a wrench in the browser's upper right corner, then click "Bookmarks."

Step 2

Click "Bookmark Manager" to view your bookmarks.

Step 3

Click the "Organize" drop-down box, and then click "Export Bookmarks." A "Save As" window opens and displays your computer's folders.

Step 4

Click your "Desktop" folder to select it, and then type a name for the bookmark file you wish to save in the "File Name" text box. Use any name you like. The name helps you identify the file later when you import it into Internet Explorer.

Step 5

Click "Save" to save the Chrome bookmarks to your desktop.

Import Into Internet Explorer

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer and click the "Favorites" button in the upper left corner of IE.

Step 2

Locate the drop-down arrow to the right of "Add to Favorites." Click that arrow to view a menu of options.

Step 3

Click "Import and Export," then click "Import from a File." Click "Next" to continue.

Step 4

Click "Favorites," then click "Next." Click "Browse to view the "Select Bookmark File" window. This window contains a list of your computer's folders.

Step 5

Double-click your "Desktop" folder. The files in that folder appear on the right side of the window. Locate and click the file you saved to your Desktop.

Step 6

Click "Open." Then click "Next." Click "Favorites." Then click "Import." Internet Explorer imports the Chrome bookmarks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Since the file you saved to your "Desktop" folder contains HTML links, you can also double-click it. Your default browser will open and display all the bookmarks contained in the file. You can even email that file to friends if you'd like to share your Google Chrome links with them. They will then be able to double-click the file and view it in their browsers.