Saturday, April 4, 2015

SOLVED! Importing Bookmarks from Chrome to Internet Explorer

This is a not commonly known feature, that IE can actually import bookmarks of Chrome. It's simple:

  1. Start Internet Explorer (IE), press Alt-F to bring out the File menu.
  2. Select "Import from another browser", press Next button
  3. Check "Chrome", press Import button.

Where have the Chrome bookmarks been imported to?
In your IE's favorites, Chrome bookmarks are imported to "Favorites Bar" by default. You can then drag and organize them again in IE.

I've a second profile in Chrome. Even after an import, IE didn't show those bookmarks.
Here's the trick. Chrome's bookmarks are placed in this folder, by default:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Notes: If you cannot see the "AppData" folder, you need to enable view hidden files in Windows Explorer.

If there's a second profile, you will also see a folder with the name of your second profile. Rename the Default folder to like: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\-Default. 
Make your second profile's folder to be the "Default". Now, go back to IE and do an Import again. After import, you should also see the bookmarks of your second profile imported in IE.

For example
If you have a second profile named "profile2", this should be what you see:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\profile2

Rename them to like:
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\-Default
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Then, do the import again.