Transferring Bookmarks and Passwords From Firefox to Chrome
By Sue Smith
If you have used the Firefox Web browser in the past but wish to change to Google's Chrome browser, you may wish to import certain items of data that are potentially important to your business or personal life. When you start using Chrome, you can import settings from Firefox, or any other browser, including bookmarks, saved passwords and search engine data. If you carry out Internet tasks on a daily basis, being able to access certain sites is likely to be essential. For this continuation in your activities to be possible, you need access to saved bookmarks and passwords.
Open the Google Chrome application. Once you have the Chrome browser open, navigate to the settings area by pressing the wrench icon to open the main menu. This menu provides access to the menus and settings for your Chrome browser installation.
Navigate to the "Bookmarks" section of your browser menu. The Bookmarks section provides access to import options not only for bookmarks, but also for passwords and other browser settings. Select "Bookmarks" in the wrench menu by hovering your mouse cursor over it or clicking it. You should see a range of other menu items appear.
Browse to the import section. Within the Bookmarks menu, select "Import Bookmarks and Settings" from the list. In the background, you will see the Settings area for the browser, with a variety of sections you will be able to access when you finish the importing process. A pop-up window should appear titled Import Bookmarks and Settings with various user controls displayed.
Select your required import data. Within the pop-up import window, select Mozilla Firefox from the drop-down list that appears next to the label "From." The drop-down list should show any other browsers that you have installed on your computer. Under the drop-down list, you should see a list of checkboxes, for history, bookmarks, passwords and search engines. Select the options you want to import from Firefox, including bookmarks and passwords. Deselect the checkboxes for any data categories you do not wish to import from Firefox.
Import your settings. Click the "Import" button to go ahead with the import. Chrome will attempt to import your requested data from Firefox. Once the process is complete, you should see your Firefox bookmarks displayed within the Chrome interface, accessible via the Bookmarks section in the main menu. When you visit any sites you had saved passwords for in Firefox, Chrome should populate these passwords as normal.
Importing your browser history is an effective way to retain a record of sites you visited in Firefox but did not create bookmarks for.
Your imported bookmarks may be displayed slightly differently in the Chrome interface, particularly if you used the browser toolbars.
Sue Smith started writing in 2000. She has produced tutorials for companies including Apex Computer Training Software and articles on computing topics for various websites. Smith has a Master of Arts in English language and literature, as well as a Master of Science in information technology, both from the University of Glasgow.