How to Import Google Chrome Data to Internet Explorer

by Joshua Phillips, studioD

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.

Launch Chrome.

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

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

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

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

Launch Internet Explorer.

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

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

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

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

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.

About the Author

Joshua Phillips has done it all when it comes to video games: strategy guides, previews, reviews, in-depth interviews with developers and extensive public relations work. He has written for websites such as Hardcore Gaming 101 and MyInsideGamer.

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