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Firefox : Export/Import Bookmarks (Part 1)

Various popular Web browsers support Importing and Exporting of bookmarks.
This is of great help when you start using a new browser and want to directly copy all the bookmarks or favourites from the old browser to the new one.

(Update: If you are looking at synchronizing your Firefox bookmarks, then refer to the Related Reading section at the end of this article for more information.)

Starting today, I'll be posting a 3 part "Importing/Exporting bookmarks from various browsers" series about the bookmarking features of the 3 popular browsers, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera.
These articles will only be about the ability of these browsers to handle Exporting and Importing of Bookmarks.

Before I begin, all the 3 browsers support Export/Import of bookmarks into an external Html file. And we'll be doing exactly that, i.e Export/Import bookmarks from each of the three browsers separately.

The first part will focus on Firefox. IE and Opera will follow later.


Export Bookmarks

1. Go to Bookmarks >> Organize Bookmarks...
This opens the Bookmarks Manager.

2. In the Bookmark Manager, go to File >> Export...
Now a Save dialog box pops up. Type the name of the file you want to export.
Select Html files in the Save as File Type box (Anyway, it really dosen't matter if you don't select Html).

3. Click Save.
An Html file is created containing all the bookmarks that can be viewed from any of the browsers.
This file can also be mailed to anyone who can then import it to their browsers.

The greatest advantage here is other browsers can import bookmarks from this file.

Import Bookmarks

1. Go to Bookmarks >> Organize Bookmarks...
This opens the Bookmarks Manager.

2. In the Bookmark Manager, go to File >> Import...

Firefox opens the Import wizard(picture above) which gives you options to import bookmarks directly from other browsers or from the exported Html file.

3. Select "From File" and click Next. This opens the Import Bookmark dialog box.
(To import directly, just select the browser from where you want to import and click Next).
Now select the Html file you want to import and click Open.

All the bookmarks, irrespective of which browser they belonged are imported to Firefox.

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Related Reading:

Get your Firefox bookmarks in any computer by synchronizing Firefox
Access your Firefox settings anywhere with Google Bookmark Sync
IE: Export/Import Bookmarks (Part 2)


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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, December 04, 2006


Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on April 11, 2007 at 12:15 AM  
I have the latest Firefox and the only import option is IE.
Thanks for the info, did a work for me!
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