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Can I transfer bookmarks from Firefox onto a new laptop?

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Old laptop is working.

Old laptop is working.

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If you plan to install Firefox, you could use sync. Or, These instructions are for Firefox. Other browsers should also be able to do this.

These instructions will combine the new bookmarks with the old.

Open the Bookmarks Manager; Press the Alt or F10 key to bring up the toolbar, and select Bookmarks. Hot key is <Control> (Mac=<Command>) <Shift> B.

Once the window is open, at the top of the page, press the button labeled Import and Backup. Select Export Bookmarks To HTML, and follow the prompts and save it to a HTML file. Copy the file to another computer/profile. Repeat the instructions above, BUT select Import Bookmarks From HTML.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/restore-bookmarks-from-backup-or-move-them

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recover-lost-or-missing-bookmarks

Mozilla search: Import {web link}

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64; rv:67.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/67.0

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FredMcD
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Chosen Solution

If you plan to install Firefox, you could use sync. Or, These instructions are for Firefox. Other browsers should also be able to do this.

These instructions will combine the new bookmarks with the old.

Open the Bookmarks Manager; Press the Alt or F10 key to bring up the toolbar, and select Bookmarks. Hot key is <Control> (Mac=<Command>) <Shift> B.

Once the window is open, at the top of the page, press the button labeled Import and Backup. Select Export Bookmarks To HTML, and follow the prompts and save it to a HTML file. Copy the file to another computer/profile. Repeat the instructions above, BUT select Import Bookmarks From HTML.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/restore-bookmarks-from-backup-or-move-them

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recover-lost-or-missing-bookmarks

Mozilla search: Import {web link}

If you plan to install Firefox, you could use sync. Or, These instructions are for Firefox. Other browsers should also be able to do this. These instructions will combine the new bookmarks with the old. Open the '''Bookmarks Manager; ''' Press the '''Alt''' or '''F10''' key to bring up the toolbar, and select '''Bookmarks. ''' Hot key is '''<Control> ''(Mac=<Command>)'' <Shift> B. ''' Once the window is open, at the top of the page, press the button labeled ''' Import and Backup. ''' Select '''Export''' '''Bookmarks To HTML, ''' and follow the prompts and save it to a '''HTML''' file. '''Copy''' the file to another computer/profile. Repeat the instructions above, BUT select '''Import Bookmarks''' '''From HTML. ''' https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/restore-bookmarks-from-backup-or-move-them https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recover-lost-or-missing-bookmarks [https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/search?esab=a&w=1&q=import Mozilla search: Import] {web link}
jscher2000
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As a footnote to the above, Firefox has two different file formats for bookmark transfers:

  • JSON, a dense, not very human-readable data structure that may preserve a few more details. You create the file using "Backup" and you restore the file using "Restore". Note: Restore completely replaces whatever is in the destination browser with the contents of the JSON file.
  • HTML, a traditional cross-browser format invented by Netscape in the 1990s that you can view as a web page. You create the file using "Export" and you import it into another browser using "Import". You can combine multiple sets of bookmarks using Import, but likely you will get duplicates. Firefox doesn't automatically de-deduplicate.

I suggest creating both formats "just in case."

As a footnote to the above, Firefox has two different file formats for bookmark transfers: * JSON, a dense, not very human-readable data structure that may preserve a few more details. You create the file using "Backup" and you restore the file using "Restore". Note: Restore ''completely replaces'' whatever is in the destination browser with the contents of the JSON file. * HTML, a traditional cross-browser format invented by Netscape in the 1990s that you can view as a web page. You create the file using "Export" and you import it into another browser using "Import". You can combine multiple sets of bookmarks using Import, but likely you will get duplicates. Firefox doesn't automatically de-deduplicate. I suggest creating both formats "just in case."

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Thanks for your fast reply. Your detail is precise and easy to follow. Thanks a million.

Thanks for your fast reply. Your detail is precise and easy to follow. Thanks a million.

Question owner

Thanks for your fast reply. Accurate information, easy for me to follow. I am most grateful.

Thanks for your fast reply. Accurate information, easy for me to follow. I am most grateful.