In Windows 10 the Edge browser is one of the newest and most important features that aims to compete with the already-established and well-received browsers like Chrome and Firefox. In fact, Microsoft is pretty aggressive in browser wars and even showed off how good Edge is when compared to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera in terms of battery life. Moreover, with the recent Anniversary Update, Edge added support for extensions.
If you are looking to try out the new browser or if you are already using it, then you might want to import or export the browser bookmarks to or from the Edge browser. This article explains how to do that.
Import Bookmarks from Chrome or Firefox in Edge
Importing bookmarks from Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer to Edge is pretty easy. To start, open the Edge browser and click on the Menu icon (three horizontal dots) appearing on the top-right corner.
The above action will open the Edge menu. Here, click on the “Settings” option appearing at the bottom of the menu.
Once the settings panel has been opened, scroll down to the Favorites section and click on the “View Favorites Settings” button.
The above action will show you different options in regards to managing Favorites. Here, select the browsers you want to import the bookmarks from and then click on the “Import” button. As you can see, I’ve selected to import bookmarks from both Chrome and Firefox.
Just wait for a few seconds for Edge to complete the operation, and you’ve successfully imported bookmarks from Chrome and/or Firefox.
Unfortunately, as of now there is no built-in way to import bookmarks from an HTML file like in Chrome or Firefox. However, since the feature is already in the latest insider build, it will be added in the next major Windows update for all Windows 10 users.
Export Bookmarks from Edge
Unless you are using the latest insider build, you need to use a third-party software to export bookmarks from the Edge browser. Head over and download the Manage Edge Favorites software. You will find the download link at the bottom of the page. Preferably, download the portable version so that you don’t have to install it. Once downloaded, extract the folder and then execute the application.
As soon as you open the application, the software will list all the bookmarks in your Edge browser. By clicking on the little “Plus” icon next to the bookmarks folder, it will expand the folder so that you can see all the bookmarks in that particular folder.
To export, simply select the folder you want to export, and then select the option “Export to HTML file” from the “Data” menu.
In the “Save As” window, select the destination and name of the file, and then click on the “Save” button.
That’s all there is to do. You’ve successfully exported the bookmarks from the Edge browser.
Using this as free software, you can also import bookmarks from an HTML file, add or delete bookmarks, and can even generate icons (favicons) for all your bookmarks (Utilities > Generate Icon). Just play with the software, and you will see a couple of really useful options.
If You Are Using Build 14926 or Higher
If you are a Windows Insider and using build 14926 or higher, you can import or export bookmarks from or to an HTML file without using any third-party software.
To do that, navigate to the Favorite Settings panel just as shown above, and you will see a new category called “Import or Export a file.” If you want to import, click on the “Import from File” button, and if you want to export click on “Export to File.”
Now, select the destination to open or save the file and you are good to go.
Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about importing and exporting bookmarks in the Edge browser.