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Add Bookmarks from Firefox or Chrome to IE 9 Beta

Now that IE 9 Beta has been out for a while, and you’ve had time to explore it, you might want to import bookmarks from other browsers. Here take a look at how to get it done in IE 9 Beta.

Import Firefox Bookmarks

For this we’re using Firefox 3.6.10 and IE 9 Beta 64-bit.

First we’ll take a look at importing your Firefox bookmarks to IE 9 Beta. First open Firefox and and the Toolbar go to Bookmarks \ Organize Bookmarks.


Expand Import and Backup and select Export HTML.


Then export your Firefox bookmark collection to a convenient location on your hard drive.


Next open IE 9 Beta and hit Alt+T to bring up the Toolbar. Then click File \ Import and export.


In the Import/Export Settings select Import form a file. Notice there is Import from another browser, however we weren’t able to get it to work in our tests on our Windows 64-bit system…more on that in a minute.


Decide what you want to import, you can import Feeds and Cookies as well, but for this we just want the Bookmarks or Favorites as their called in IE.


Now browse to the location where you saved the exported Firefox bookmarks previously.


Select the destination for them…and click Import.


It should only take a second or two and there you are! All of your Firefox favorites are not in IE 9 beta.


Note: Remember we tried to import bookmarks directly from another browser in the tools in IE 9, however, when we tried it with IE 9 32 or 64-bit on our Windows 7 x64 or x86 system we received the following error each time. This is why we needed to export the bookmarks file from Firefox and not import them directly between browsers. Remember IE 9 is still in beta and hopefully this issue will be addressed in the final release.


Import Google Chrome Bookmarks

Importing Chrome bookmarks to IE 9 beta is essentially the same. Open Chrome and click on the wrench icon and select Bookmarks manager.


When the Bookmarks manager opens click on Organize \ Export bookmarks.


Export the Chrome bookmarks to a convenient location on your computer and close out of Chrome. Next open up IE 9 Beta and hit Alt+T to display the Toolbar and go to File \ Import and export.


Again select Import from a file and hit Next.


Select Favorites and hit Next.


Browse to the location where you saved your Chrome bookmarks and hit Next.


Select the destination folder and click Import.


Now you will have your Google Chrome bookmarks available in IE 9 Beta.


If you are an early adopter and started using IE 9 Beta, more than likely you’ll want to get your bookmarks from Chrome or Firefox transferred to it. Hopefully once the final release of IE 9 comes out, we’ll be able to easily import them directly from other browsers.

If you haven’t tried out IE 9 Beta, check out our screen shot tour.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 09/21/10

Comments (9)

  1. Aamir

    Hi, I installed IE 9 and it has made my internet explorer veerryyy slow. page scrolling is tooo slow…Kindly advise how to reverse the installation. I use win 7 on Dell 3.4Ghz pentium D desktop pc.

  2. Midnight

    The strangest thing is with IE 9 Beta, is that I don’t get the File-Edit-View-Favorites- Tools-Help Bar. Just the address bar and the Tabs next to it. Below that is the Favorites Bar.
    I do get to the far right the Home, A star that when I click on, bring down the Bookmarks, the the Tools.

  3. aLiN

    Just press “Alt”
    @This post,
    How about passwords? How can we import pass from firefox to IE9 ?
    Btw I get the same error.

  4. Midnight

    @ aLIN…Yep, that worked. Thanks for the tip! :)

  5. Hariks

    I find it interesting that this tutorial was very useful in the opposite way though. The IE9 really is a pain in the …. and thank you geek to showing how to IMPORT TO CHROME/FIREFOX by the way.

  6. DonVito

    Thanks a million. :):):)

  7. Steve S

    The Chrome option is not working for me. Was there a ‘minor’ detail left out. I have saved the Chrome bookmarks as suggested…and went through the procedure to import them into IE Beta; however, it was not successful. I then went back and renamed to bookmark file to ‘favorites.htm’ per prior versions of IE which used this file naming convention. All I get is an actual ‘web page’ that opens from the hard drive with all of the bookmarks from chrome listed. Not the same thing. I’m essentially just opening an html file with IE. They do not add to the favorites list in standard fasion. Suggestions?

  8. Steve S

    Correction. I renamed the file ‘bookmark.htm’ (or might have been bookmarks.htm..whichever is correct) to match the IE naming convention. This time, it states the import was successful…yet I cannot find them anywhere. Tried closing and re-opening internet explorer..not success. Any suggestions in regard to where those bookmarks are? Thanks.

  9. ricki

    Good tutorial! I’m after something similar if you can help? I want to move from chrome to ie9, I’d like all my favorites, bookmarks, history, passwords migrated across… Furthermore, I want to use Bing as my primary search tool rather than Google, I’d like to keep the 5+ years of search history I have stored via my igoogle account! Do you think this is possible?

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