How to export and import your Chrome bookmarks to access your favorite websites on any device

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You can easily import and export your bookmarks in Google Chrome.

Like most web browsers, Google Chrome lets you “bookmark” pages so you can easily find them again later. And if you have Chrome linked to your Google account, you can access those bookmarks on any device also running Chrome.

But if you need to move your bookmarks to another browser – or onto a device where you can’t log into your Google account – Chrome offers an easy way to save, export, and import your bookmarks.

How to export your Chrome bookmarks

If you want to save your bookmarks to make them transferable and accessible later, Google Chrome lets you put them into an HTML document.

1. Open Chrome. In the top-right corner next to the address bar, click the three vertical dots (…).

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Click the three dots in the top-right corner.

2. Hover your mouse over Bookmarks, revealing another drop-down list. Click Bookmark Manager, which will open another browser tab with your bookmark list.

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Next to “Bookmarks,” select “Bookmark Manager.”

3. Click the vertical three dots (…) in the top-right corner.

Screenshot of Bookmark Manager page in Chrome
Click the icon of three vertical dots.

4. Click Export bookmarks.

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Click “Export bookmarks.”

5. A floating window will appear, asking where you want to save the HTML file. Edit the file’s name and save it somewhere you can find it.

How to import your Chrome bookmarks

Importing bookmarks into Chrome or another browser is easy too.

Importing bookmarks into Chrome

1. Open Chrome. In the top-right corner, click the three vertical dots (…).

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Click the three dots in the top-right corner.

2. Hover your mouse over Bookmarks, revealing another drop-down list. Click Import Bookmarks and Settings.

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Next to “Bookmarks,” select “Import Bookmarks and Settings.”

4. Another browser tab with your bookmark list will open. Choose Bookmarks HTML File from the drop-down list.

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Select “Bookmarks HTML file.”

5. Click Choose File to find and select a file saved on your computer.

6. Click Open and all your bookmarks will be imported.

Importing bookmarks into Microsoft Edge

In Microsoft Edge, bookmarks are called Favorites. But they work the same way.

1. Open Edge and click the three dots in the top-right corner, and then Favorites.

Microsoft Edge's quick options menu, with the Favorites tab highlighted.
Open the Favorites menu.

2. In the pop-up that opens, click the three dots at the top and then Import Favorites.

Microsoft Edge's Favorites menu, with the "Import Favorites" option highlighted.
Select the option to import bookmarks – or “Favorites” – into Edge.

3. A menu will appear asking where you want to import the favorites from. Select Favorites or Bookmarks HTML File from the drop-down menu, then Choose File to pick the HTML file from your computer.

Microsoft Edge's "Import Favorites" menu.
Use this tool to pick and import a bookmarks file from Chrome.

All your Chrome bookmarks will import into Edge.

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How to allow cookies on your Mac to save passwords and other important information

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It’s easy to manage the cookies that are stored on your Mac’s Safari web browser.

  • You can allow cookies on your Mac from Safari’s Preferences page.
  • Allowing cookies lets your browser save important information like passwords and search history.
  • If you want to keep cookies from some sites only, you can selectively remove stored cookies by site.
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Cookies are the little snippets of data used to track your internet browsing patterns, which are then stored in your computer. Many people believe that cookies are overused for targeted advertisements, which can often be labeled as “creepy.”

But cookies can actually be quite helpful. For example, cookies allow your computer to remember important information like log-in credentials so you don’t always have to enter your password. Cookies also let you save items in a shopping cart when you’re looking to buy something online.

If you’d like to allow cookies on your Mac’s Safari web browser, here’s how.

How to allow cookies on Mac in Safari

1. Open your Safari web browser.

2. On the left side of the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Safari and select Preferences in the drop-down.

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Under “Safari,” click “Preferences.”

3. In Preferences, go to the Privacy tab – the icon that looks like a hand in a circle.

4. Next to Cookies and website data, make sure the box next to Block all cookies is not checked.

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In the “Privacy” tab, uncheck the box next to “Cookies and website data.”

Unchecking Block all cookies will allow any and all cookies to be stored by websites you visit as well as third-party trackers, which are typically advertisers.

How to remove data stored by certain websites using Safari on Mac

In Mac’s Safari, you can remove browsing data stored by certain websites you visit on your computer.

1. Open your Safari web browser.

2. In the left side of the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Safari and select Preferences in the drop-down.

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Under “Safari,” click “Preferences.”

3. In Preferences, go to the Privacy tab – the icon that looks like a hand in a circle.

4. Under Block all cookies, click on Manage Website Data.

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Click “Manage Website Data.”

5. Here you can remove information collected by certain sites by selecting a site in the list and clicking Remove at the bottom of the window. Or, you can remove information collected from all sites by clicking Remove all at the bottom of the window. Removing your cookie data might reduce the amount websites track you, but it might also log you out of certain websites.

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Click “Remove” or “Remove all.”

6. Click Done in the bottom-right corner of the window when you’re finished.

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How to change your default browser on a Mac computer

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Switching your default web browser on a Mac computer only takes a minute.

  • You can change the default browser on Mac in System Preferences or your browser’s settings page.
  • Macs set Safari as the default browser, but you can change it to any other browser, like Chrome.
  • When you change your default browser, any links you click will open in your preferred browser.
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Mac computers come with Apple’s Safari web browser pre-set as the default browser. This means that Safari will open automatically when you click certain links, even if you don’t want it to.

While Safari is a fast web browser and works well for most web needs, there are drawbacks to using it. One of these drawbacks is that for some websites, other browsers can be faster – for example, Google Apps work better in Google’s own browser, Chrome. Other websites might not work with Safari at all.

You can change your Mac’s default web browser through System Preferences or through the browser itself – here’s how to do both.

How to change the default browser on Mac from System Preferences

1. Open System Preferences by clicking the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting System Preferences in the drop-down.

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Select “System Preferences” to open it.

2. In System Preferences, click General in the top-left corner.

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Go to “General” in System Preferences.

3. On the General page, click the drop-down next to Default Web Browser.

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Click the drop-down next to “Default web browser.”

4. All web browsers downloaded on your computer will appear in the drop-down list. Choose one to set it as your default. Now, whenever you click on a link to open it, it will automatically appear in your chosen browser.

How to change your default browser on Mac from the browser’s settings

There are dozens of different web browsers you could be using, and the exact method for setting them as your default browser is slightly different for each. Here, we’ll use Google Chrome as an example.

1. Open Chrome.

2. In the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Chrome and select Preferences in the drop-down.

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Under “Chrome,” select “Preferences.”

3. Scroll down to the Default browser section and click Make default.

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Click “Make default.”

4. A window will pop up asking if you want to Keep [browser] as your default or Use Chrome. Choose Use Chrome.

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Click “Use ‘Chrome.'”

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How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on any device to improve your web browsing experience

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Enabling cookies in Chrome on all your devices can improve your web browsing experience.

Cookies are small text files used by websites to save information about you and your visit. If cookies are disabled in your Google Chrome app, web browsing is probably a bit harder for you than it needs to be.

Cookies can customize your browsing experience, helping sites keep you logged in, know who you are, and remember your preferences. They can also remember what’s in your cart on shopping sites and display articles you’re interested in on news sites.

If you or someone else has disabled cookies in your Google Chrome web browser on a computer or mobile device, you can enable them again with just a few clicks.

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How to turn on incognito mode on your computer and phone to browse the web privately

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Incognito mode is an essential part of any web browser.

  • Incognito mode, also known as private browsing mode, stops your web browser from saving data about you as you browse.
  • While incognito mode is on, your internet history, search history, autofill information, and cookies will be disabled.
  • Incognito mode is available in every major web browser, and is perfect for doing work that needs to be kept private.
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Incognito mode – also known as “private browsing mode” – is a sneakier way to use the internet.

When you browse the internet with incognito mode on, you won’t leave any trace on the device you’re using. Your browser won’t save your browsing or search engine history, and won’t remember what sites you’ve logged into – or even what your username and password is.

It’s great if you share your computer or phone with other people, since no one else will be able to see what you’ve done once you close the window.

Nonetheless, incognito mode is great for enforcing privacy on a busy or shared device. Here’s how to turn on incognito mode on your computer or phone.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your Mac or PC

Incognito mode is a feature in every major browser, although each browser tends to give it a different name. When you activate a private session, a new window will open – this is your incognito window.

When you’re done, just close the window to exit incognito mode.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your phone or tablet

The browser on your phone also comes with private browsing options. We’ll explain how to activate it using the default browsers for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

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How to search and switch tabs on Google Chrome to better navigate your browser tab clutter

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  • You can search and switch tabs on Google Chrome with its Version 87 update, which introduced in-browser shortcuts for tabs.
  • Upon rollout, some of these features were only available on Chrome OS, so you may need to enable them through the Experimental Features menu on Windows, Mac, Linux, and more. 
  • Google Chrome allows users to open an unlimited number of tabs within the browser, but having too many tabs open simultaneously may slow down both your computer and your productivity. 
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Between email, social media, news sites, and work resources, it’s easy for your internet browser to become cluttered with open tabs. These can cause you to lose track of what’s most important on your screen. 

For those who frequently have several tabs open at once, Google Chrome has added new in-browser features that make it easier to switch between tabs efficiently and search open tabs to find the one you need. 

The ability to search and switch between your open tabs on Chrome, introduced with its Version 87 update, eliminates the frustrating guesswork of multitasking, supercharging your ability to navigate your tab clutter. 

If your Chromebook or Chrome browser doesn’t have the latest version – or you don’t think these features haven’t been rolled out to you yet – you’ll need to activate these tools through the browser’s “Experimental Features” menu before you can use them. 

Here’s how to search and switch your tabs on Google Chrome. 

How to enable tab switch on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#omnibox-tab-switch-suggestions

2. Click enter. 

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You will need to enter the Chrome Flags menu to activate the feature.

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says, “Omnibox switch to tab suggestions.” 

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of the feature and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it won’t work.

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to switch tabs on Google Chrome

1. Open a Google Chrome browser window. 

2. With multiple tabs open, type a title or keyword in the URL box of any existing or new tab. 

3. In the drop-down suggestions, select the tab you want to switch to by clicking the “Switch to this tab” button that appears. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab in the Chrome address bar to activate the tab switch button.

How to enable tab search on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#enable-tab-search

2. Click enter. 

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says “Enable Tab Search.”

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This feature will activate an in-browser tool for searching your tabs.

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of “Enable Tab Search” and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it may not work.

 

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to search tabs on Google Chrome

1. Launch a Google Chrome session. 

2. With multiple tabs open, click the down arrow in the window’s top right corner. 

3. In the drop-down that appears, select either a listed tab or use the search bar to find an open tab using keywords. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab to switch to that tab.

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