How to Import Google Chrome Data to Internet Explorer

by Joshua Phillips

After browsing with Google Chrome for awhile, you may find that Windows 7's default Internet Explorer browser is a better fit. You can switch from Chrome to IE without losing your Chrome bookmarks. While IE 9 lets you import bookmarks directly from another browser, the import option isn't always available because IE might not recognize Chrome as a browser on your computer. When this occurs, you can export your bookmarks manually from Google Chrome and then import them directly using IE's file-import option.

Step 1

Launch Chrome.

Step 2

Click the icon of the three horizontal bars in the upper-right corner of Chrome and click "Bookmark Manager."

Step 3

Click the "Organize" drop-down menu in the upper-left corner of the screen.

Step 4

Click "Export Bookmarks To to HTML File." Chrome will prompt you to save the bookmarks to a location on your hard drive.

Step 5

Save your bookmarks to an easy-to-remember location on your hard drive, such as your desktop, so they're easy to find later.

Step 6

Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 7

Press the "Alt" key on your keyboard to display the Internet Explorer toolbar.

Step 8

Click "Files" followed by "Import and Export."

Step 9

Click "Import From a File" followed by "Next."

Step 10

Click the radio button next to "Favorites" followed by "Next."

Step 11

Click "Browse" and double-click the Chrome HTML file you exported in Step 5.

Select the location on your hard drive where you will store your bookmarks. Click "Import." You will receive a message once the import process is complete letting you know your Chrome bookmarks are successfully imported into Internet Explorer.


  • Information in this article applies to Google Chrome version 23.0.1271.64 and Internet Explorer 9.0.11. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions of the software.

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