How to Import and Export Browser Bookmarks

I like to use multiple browsers and always mess around with any new browser in town. And so, quite often I import/export my bookmarks around. If you are looking to move your browser bookmarks to a different browser, then I can help.

In this post, I’ll show you how to import and export bookmarks and other data in:

Chrome

Import bookmarks

  1. Click on the three vertical dots menu at the top-right corner and go to Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings.
    bookmarks and settings
  2. Next, either select the an installed browser to directly import the bookmarks, or select the HTML file from your PC. While directly importing, you can select type of data as well, such as browser history, bookmarks, passwords, and search engines. Click on Import when you are done to import the data.
    chrome

Export bookmarks

  1. Click on the three vertical dots menu again and go to Bookmarks > Bookmark manager.
    chrome bookmark manager
  2. Go to Organize > Export bookmarks to HTML file. An HTML file will be ready to download.
    export chrome bookmark

Firefox

Import bookmarks

  1. From the top bar, click on the Show Bookmarks button, and select Show all bookmarks. You may also use Ctrl + Shift + B for this.
    show all firefox bookmarks
  2. Next, click on the Import and Backup menu at the top and click on Import Bookmarks from HTML to import them from an HTML file, or click on Import Data from Another Browser to select another browser to directly import data.
    import bookmarks firefox

Export bookmarks

From the same Import and Backup menu, click on the Export Bookmarks to HTML option and save the HTML.

export firefox bookmarks

Opera

Import bookmarks

  1. Open Opera menu from the top-left corner and click on Settings. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Alt + P.
  2. Here move to the Browser section from the left menu and click on the Import bookmarks and settings button under the Default browser heading.
    opera bookmarks and settings
  3. Now you can either select a supported browser from the drop-down list or select “Bookmarks HTML file” option to import from an HTML file.
    import opera bookmarks

Export bookmarks

Unfortunately, Opera doesn’t support export feature. However, you can use Bookmarks Import & Export Opera extension to get this functionality. Install and open up the extension, and click on the Export button to download the bookmarks HTML file.

export opera bookmarks

Microsoft Edge

Import bookmarks

  1. Click on the three horizontal dots menu at the top-right corner and select Settings.
  2. Now click on the Import from another browser button under the Import favorites and other info” button.
  3. Next, you can select a supported browser, or click on the Import from file button to import from an HTML file.
    import edge bookmarks

Export bookmarks

Go to the “Import your info” menu again and click on the “Export to file” button to download the HTML file.

export favourites

Note: The export is only available in the Creators Update of Windows 10. In case you haven’t updated Windows 10 to Creators Update, you can use this third-party tool Edge Manage to export favorites.

Internet Explorer

Import bookmarks

  1. Click on the Star icon at the top-right corner, and click on the tiny upside down arrow next to the Add to favorites button. Here click on the Import and export option.
    import and export internet explorer
  2. A wizard will open up. Here you can either select Import from another browser or Import from a file option and then follow the wizard to import data.
    import bookmarks internet explorer

Export bookmarks

  1. Open the same “Import and export” wizard and select the “Export to a file” option.
    export internet explorer bookmarks
  2. On the next page, you can select the type of data that you want to export, including Favorites, Feeds, and Cookies. Afterward, click Next to finish the process and download the HTML file.
    select data internet explorer

Vivaldi

Import bookmarks

  1. Click on the Vivaldi menu button at the top-left corner and select Import Bookmarks and Settings from the File option.
    import vivaldi bookmark settings
  2. From the drop-down menu, you can select a supported browser or an HTML file. Interestingly, Vivaldi also supports importing data from Opera, although Opera natively doesn’t support the export feature.
    import vivaldi bookmark

Export bookmarks

To export bookmarks, go to the File menu again and select “Export Bookmarks” to download the HTML file.

export vivaldi bookmarks

Wrap up

While importing data, try to automatically import from an installed browser instead of an HTML file. This way you’ll be able to import more data, including cookies, bookmarks, history and saved passwords.

The exported HTML file usually only contains bookmarks, so direct importing is better and more convenient.

How to Always Open Your Browser in Private Mode

Your browser’s private mode leaves no traces of your browsing on your PC, which is very useful if your PC is in use of other people as well. If you like keeping your browsing private all the time, then you might be interested in launching your browser in private mode by default.

In this post, I’ll show you how you can make Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera open in a Private mode when you launch the browser.

Note: Private mode can only remove your tracks on your PC, your activity can still be tracked from your network or by using a spying tool.

Google Chrome

You can modify one of the Chrome shortcuts to always open in incognito mode by adding a command to it. You can choose any shortcut for this purpose, including the desktop shortcut, Start Menu, or even on the Taskbar.

  1. Right-click on your desired shortcut and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  2. Here under the “Shortcut” tab, add -incognito at the end of the “Target” string. For instance, ...chrome.exe" -incognito. Do note that there is a space between the ending quotes and the dash.
google chrome properties

Now click on “OK” and the shortcut will be modified.

Whenever you will access Chrome from this shortcut, it will open up in incognito mode (private mode).

Mozilla Firefox

There are two ways you can force Firefox to always open in private mode. You can either modify its shortcut or enable this feature from Firefox options.

Method 1: Enabling it inside Firefox
  1. In Firefox, click on the hamburger menu at the top-right corner and select “Options“.
  2. Here move to the “Privacy” and check the checkbox next to “Always use private browsing mode” under the “History” section.
firefox privacy

You will have to restart Firefox for these settings to take place.

Now whenever you will open Firefox from any shortcut, it will open up in Private mode. Although the Firefox Private mode icon will not appear at the top of the browser but don’t worry you are still browsing in private mode.

Method 2: Modifying Firefox shortcut
  1. Right-click on any of the Firefox shortcuts and select Properties from the menu.
  2. Now add -private at the end of the Target string. Make sure you add a space between the quotes and the dash, like this "....firefox.exe" -private.
mozilla firefox properties

Click on the OK button to confirm the change, and when you will open Firefox using this shortcut it will open in Private mode.

You will see the usual Private mode page along with the Private mode icon at the top of the browser.

Opera

To open private browsing mode in Opera, you can do the following steps:

  1. Right-click on any of the Opera shortcuts and click on Properties from the context menu.
  2. Similar to Firefox, you need to add -private at the end of the Target string with a space between the quotes and the dash.
opera properties

Finally, click on the OK button to apply the changes. Launch Opera using this shortcut and it will launch in Private mode.

Internet Explorer

Similar to other browsers in this list, you will also have to modify the Target box to make Internet Explorer open in Private mode by default.

However, in Windows 10 you will have to edit Internet Explorer’s original shortcut inside Windows Accessories, this will not work for custom made shortcuts.

To access the original shortcut, type Internet Explorer in the search bar and right-click on it. From the menu, select Open file location.

IE open file location

Windows Explorer will open up and you should be able to see Internet Explorer shortcut here. Right-click on it and then click on Properties from the context menu. Now add -private at the end of the Target string and click on OK to confirm it.

Now you can access Internet Explorer from any shortcut and it will always open in private mode.

internet explorer properties

Safari & Microsoft Edge

It seems both Safari and Microsoft Edge don’t allow you to change the default launch settings. For Microsoft Edge, I have tried modifying its shortcut from different areas.

Either the Target box was uneditable, or nothing happens after making the edits. For now, you’ll have to manually launch the private window when you will open the browser.

Wrap up

I will recommend you to create a separate shortcut for launching your favorite browser in private mode. As private mode also delete cookies and other useful information about the sites you visit, you may like to browse some website in normal mode for the ease of access.

Additionally, if you ever need to stop your browser from opening in private mode, simply revert the changes you have made.

How to Always Open Your Browser in Private Mode

Your browser’s private mode leaves no traces of your browsing on your PC, which is very useful if your PC is in use of other people as well. If you like keeping your browsing private all the time, then you might be interested in launching your browser in private mode by default.

In this post, I’ll show you how you can make Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera open in a Private mode when you launch the browser.

Note: Private mode can only remove your tracks on your PC, your activity can still be tracked from your network or by using a spying tool.

Google Chrome

You can modify one of the Chrome shortcuts to always open in incognito mode by adding a command to it. You can choose any shortcut for this purpose, including the desktop shortcut, Start Menu, or even on the Taskbar.

  1. Right-click on your desired shortcut and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  2. Here under the “Shortcut” tab, add -incognito at the end of the “Target” string. For instance, ...chrome.exe" -incognito. Do note that there is a space between the ending quotes and the dash.
google chrome properties

Now click on “OK” and the shortcut will be modified.

Whenever you will access Chrome from this shortcut, it will open up in incognito mode (private mode).

Mozilla Firefox

There are two ways you can force Firefox to always open in private mode. You can either modify its shortcut or enable this feature from Firefox options.

Method 1: Enabling it inside Firefox
  1. In Firefox, click on the hamburger menu at the top-right corner and select “Options“.
  2. Here move to the “Privacy” and check the checkbox next to “Always use private browsing mode” under the “History” section.
firefox privacy

You will have to restart Firefox for these settings to take place.

Now whenever you will open Firefox from any shortcut, it will open up in Private mode. Although the Firefox Private mode icon will not appear at the top of the browser but don’t worry you are still browsing in private mode.

Method 2: Modifying Firefox shortcut
  1. Right-click on any of the Firefox shortcuts and select Properties from the menu.
  2. Now add -private at the end of the Target string. Make sure you add a space between the quotes and the dash, like this "....firefox.exe" -private.
mozilla firefox properties

Click on the OK button to confirm the change, and when you will open Firefox using this shortcut it will open in Private mode.

You will see the usual Private mode page along with the Private mode icon at the top of the browser.

Opera

To open private browsing mode in Opera, you can do the following steps:

  1. Right-click on any of the Opera shortcuts and click on Properties from the context menu.
  2. Similar to Firefox, you need to add -private at the end of the Target string with a space between the quotes and the dash.
opera properties

Finally, click on the OK button to apply the changes. Launch Opera using this shortcut and it will launch in Private mode.

Internet Explorer

Similar to other browsers in this list, you will also have to modify the Target box to make Internet Explorer open in Private mode by default.

However, in Windows 10 you will have to edit Internet Explorer’s original shortcut inside Windows Accessories, this will not work for custom made shortcuts.

To access the original shortcut, type Internet Explorer in the search bar and right-click on it. From the menu, select Open file location.

IE open file location

Windows Explorer will open up and you should be able to see Internet Explorer shortcut here. Right-click on it and then click on Properties from the context menu. Now add -private at the end of the Target string and click on OK to confirm it.

Now you can access Internet Explorer from any shortcut and it will always open in private mode.

internet explorer properties

Safari & Microsoft Edge

It seems both Safari and Microsoft Edge don’t allow you to change the default launch settings. For Microsoft Edge, I have tried modifying its shortcut from different areas.

Either the Target box was uneditable, or nothing happens after making the edits. For now, you’ll have to manually launch the private window when you will open the browser.

Wrap up

I will recommend you to create a separate shortcut for launching your favorite browser in private mode. As private mode also delete cookies and other useful information about the sites you visit, you may like to browse some website in normal mode for the ease of access.

Additionally, if you ever need to stop your browser from opening in private mode, simply revert the changes you have made.

Firefox 54 Could Very Well be Mozilla’s Best Browser

There was a time when Mozilla’s Firefox browser was the browser of choice for those who refused to use Internet Explorer. Unfortunately for Mozilla, the browser has been playing second fiddle to Google Chrome since 2011.

How to Optimize Firefox for Better Performance

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Now, the company is looking to regain the throne that Google took from it with the release of Firefox 54, and if the company is to be believed, the latest version of Firefox would be Mozilla’s finest yet.

The key to Firefox 54’s superiority lies in its speed. After years of relying on a single process to run all the tabs in a single browser, Mozilla has finally decided to adopt the “multiple process” technology that browsers like Chrome, Edge, Safari and many others have been using.

Codenamed Electrolysis or E10s, this technology will allow Firefox 54 to use up to four processes to run web page content across all open tabs. In practice, this would allow Firefox 54 to run faster while crashing less frequently.

runs faster and less crashing

In addition to better performance, Firefox 54 also has the honor of being the browser that consumes the least amount of RAM when compared to a number of other browsers running on Windows 10, macOS and Linux. This particular bit of info would be good news to those who have aging machines.

using the least of ram

Besides the major performance boost, Firefox 54 will also be introducing some minor changes to the browser’s features. A full list of changes can be found here.

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Firefox 54 Could Very Well be Mozilla’s Best Browser

There was a time when Mozilla’s Firefox browser was the browser of choice for those who refused to use Internet Explorer. Unfortunately for Mozilla, the browser has been playing second fiddle to Google Chrome since 2011.

Now, the company is looking to regain the throne that Google took from it with the release of Firefox 54, and if the company is to be believed, the latest version of Firefox would be Mozilla’s finest yet.

The key to Firefox 54’s superiority lies in its speed. After years of relying on a single process to run all the tabs in a single browser, Mozilla has finally decided to adopt the “multiple process” technology that browsers like Chrome, Edge, Safari and many others have been using.

Codenamed Electrolysis or E10s, this technology will allow Firefox 54 to use up to four processes to run web page content across all open tabs. In practice, this would allow Firefox 54 to run faster while crashing less frequently.

runs faster and less crashing

In addition to better performance, Firefox 54 also has the honor of being the browser that consumes the least amount of RAM when compared to a number of other browsers running on Windows 10, macOS and Linux. This particular bit of info would be good news to those who have aging machines.

using the least of ram

Besides the major performance boost, Firefox 54 will also be introducing some minor changes to the browser’s features. A full list of changes can be found here.