PC Doctor July 1, 2019

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Dear PC Doctor:

I’ll be getting a new computer. I have a lot of bookmarks in my web browser. How can I easily save them all so that I don’t have to re-create everything on my new computer?



Dear Suze:

You didn’t mention what kind of computer or which browser you use. If you use Chrome and you browse the internet while logged in to your Chrome account, all of your bookmarks should appear on any computer at which you are logged in as yourself.

If you don’t log in, you can do the following:

In Chrome, click on the three vertical dots that are in the upper right hand corner. Choose “Bookmarks.” In Bookmarks, then choose “Bookmark Manager.” Three vertical dots will show in the blue band across the top of your screen. Click them. Choose “Export bookmarks.” The computer will prompt you to select a location where the HTML file containing your bookmarks will be saved. Since you’re getting a new computer, save it somewhere other than the desktop, such as a flash drive or in the cloud.

If you use Firefox, the process is essentially the same. If you usually use the internet logged into your Firefox account, your bookmarks should follow you to any computer. If not, click the home button, the look for the word “Bookmarks” along the bottom of the screen. Click that. In the window that opens, click “Import and backup.” Then, click “Export bookmarks to HTML” and select a location at which to save the file.

I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy Computing!

PC Doctor

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