Import Bookmarks from Other Browsers in Firefox 14

A feature of Firefox that i particularly like is the ability to import all my book marks from other browsers that i use. Since i often have several hundred bookmarks, it would be quite tedious to copy all those bookmarks over from my Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer browsers.

So to import those bookmarks into Firefox, click the Bookmarks menu option in the menu bar. It should look like this :

Click Bookmarks menu option
Click Bookmarks menu option

and the Show All Bookmarks menu option should be clicked. This will open the Library panel where we can manage our bookmarks. Because i wanted to pull in my bookmarks from other browsers, i chose to click the button that looks like a star. It should look like this :

Bookmark Star Menu Option
Bookmark Star Menu Option

and from here we can click to see a panel of yet more options :

More options to handle all our bookmarks
More options to handle all our bookmarks

We have a number of choices here. We can choose to Import bookmarks from an external file encoded as html. We can Export all our Firefox bookmarks into an external file encoded in html, perhaps to send to someone or load into another browser. We can Backup all our bookmarks into an external file that can later be used to Restore if our bookmarks are lost or blitzed. Did i tell you that Firefox now automatically makes a copy of it’s bookmarks at the start of each day that you use it ? Click Restore to view a list of prior day’s automatic backups we can restore from. Days may appear to be missing because if we did not use Firefox, then it will not have made a bookmark backup.

Prior automatic backup copies of Firefox bookmarks
Prior automatic backup copies of Firefox bookmarks

My purpose this time is to take in bookmarks from another brower, so I click Import Data from Another Browser and should see this panel :

Choose Browser Bookmarks to copy
Choose Browser Bookmarks to copy

Click the radio button in front of the browser you want to be the donor, then click Continue. This feature will cause Firefox to look into the bookmark storage area of the browser you choose from this list and read all those bookmarks. This is a direct read from thta browser’s internal file system. Cool !Ā  After doing that, my choice of bookmarks has been vastly increased. This pix shows how i imported both Safari and Google Chrome bookmarks.

Now, here is something i’d forgotten that i had tried some time ago – to import Firefox bookmarks into Google Chrome. That must have worked too as if we look at bottom right of this pix, we can see a folder called Imported From Firefox. šŸ™‚Ā Ā  You should try it. It’s not hard šŸ™‚

A Whole New Set of Bookmarks copied from my other browsers !
A Whole New Set of Bookmarks copied from my other browsers !

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