Microsoft Edge can import favorites or bookmarks from Internet Explorer and Chrome. For some users, Chrome may not be listed in the Import Favorites panel in Microsoft Edge, although the latest build of Google Chrome is installed and bookmarks present.
This happened in my Windows 10 system and I managed to fix the problem by moving the Chrome bookmarks database file to a specific location where Edge expects it to be. Today I’m going to show how I managed to get Chrome listed in Edge’s Import Favorites panel.
Note: Information in this article does not apply to the new Microsoft Edge (Chromium). It’s applicable to the old Microsoft Edge browser only.
Add “Chrome” to MS-Edge’s Import Favorites List
Google Chrome, as you know, supports multiple browser user profiles. The Chrome profile folders are present under the following directory in Windows Vista and higher.
…which expands to:
Note: %LOCALAPPDATA% is an environment variable that exists since Windows Vista, that points to the “AppData\Local” folder in your user profile, for example, “C:\Users\Ramesh\AppData\Local”. To access the folder, simply copy the above path and paste it in the File Explorer Address bar, or run it using the Run dialog (WinKey + R).
Under the User Data folder, each Chrome user profile folder is listed, such as Default, Profile 1, Profile 2, and so forth. The problem is that when you use the Import Favorites option in Microsoft Edge, it looks for Chrome’s bookmarks database only in Chrome’s Default profile. So, if you’re using a profile other than Default in Chrome, Microsoft Edge wouldn’t list Chrome as an option.
The workaround is to create a Default folder if it doesn’t already exist, underneath User Data, and then
move copy the file named Bookmarks from your existing browser user profile to the Default folder here.
In my case, my bookmarks, caches, and entire settings were stored in a profile named Profile 1, and for some reason, the Default profile folder didn’t exist in the first place. All I had to do was to create the Default folder and copy the database file named Bookmarks, from Profile 1 to the Default folder.
Closed all instances of Edge and reopened it. This got Chrome listed in the Microsoft Edge Import Favorites panel, and the import worked well!
Chrome canary builds
If you have Chrome Canary installed, it uses the following folder to store the Bookmarks database, as well as cookies and cache.
%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome SxS\User Data\Default
Edge doesn’t read from the above path anyway. You need to copy Bookmarks to the regular path (used by Chrome stable) so that Edge lists Chrome as the option in the Import Favorites bar.
This solution (or workaround?) works in the current build of Microsoft Edge, v25.10586 as of the date this post was written.
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About the author
Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.