How to import Internet Explorer bookmarks into Google Chrome

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Internet Explorer is the default browser that you start off with whenever you install a fresh copy of Windows 10. This means that even if you don’t want to, you will have to use it at least once until you get the browser that you like.

But constant updates and improvements brought to browsers mean that sooner or later you will want to go for an upgrade. But the problem is that after using Internet Explorer for too long, all of your bookmarks will be stuck there.

If you plan on migrating to Google Chrome, then you’ll have to know how to import your bookmarks from Internet Explorer.

How do I import my IE bookmarks into Chrome?

Usually, when you install Google Chrome on your system, it will automatically ask you whether you would like it to become your new default browser.

Additionally, it will also ask you if you want it to import any settings from the other browsers detected on your system. If you skip this step, you’ll then need to know how to access the Bookmarks menu later.

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click on the 3 dots in the top-right corner of the UI
  3. Select Bookmarks
  4. Click Import Bookmarks and Settings…
  5. Choose Microsoft Internet Explorer from the drop-down list
  6. Check the Favorites/Bookmarks box
  7. Select Import
    • A warning message will appear telling you that all instances of Internet Explorer will need to be closed.
  8. Click Done

Import Internet Explorer bookmarks to Chrome

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I cannot import Internet Explorer bookmarks into Chrome

Some people have reported having issues when following the methods listed above:

I cannot transfer my favorites from Microsoft Edge to Chrome, though the Import proceedure in settings/import shows it was sucessful.  The favorites from Internet Explorer were transferred sucessfully and show-up on the bookmark toolbar.

It would seem that Chrome uses a different method to store bookmark information than I.E. or other browsers on their latest builds.

Because of this, a workaround method is needed, where you will need to access Microsoft Edge instead of Internet Explorer.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge
  2. Click on the 3 dots in the top-right corner of the UI
  3. Select Settings
  4. Select Import or Export right under Transfer favorites and other info
  5. Select where to export the file
  6. Press Save

Export Edge bookmarks as HTML

Now that your Internet Explorer Favorites have been exported, it is time to import them into Chrome.

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click on the 3 dots in the top-right corner of the UI
  3. Go to Bookmarks
  4. Click Import Bookmarks and Settings…
  5. Select Bookmarks HTML File from the drop-down list
  6. Select Import
  7. Click Done

Import HTML bookmarks to Chrome

By following these steps, you can successfully import all of your IE browsing data into Chrome without a problem. Remember that you can also do the exact opposite as well, in case you change your mind.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to numerous security vulnerabilities, Microsoft and US Homeland Security urge IE users to switch to a more secure browser as soon as possible. If you don’t know what browser to install, see 4 best browsers that don’t save your history and personal data.

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