Google Chrome offers a free way to store and sync bookmarks
By Geri L. Dreiling, Esq.
Bookmarks may not be as cute or playful as puppies, but there’s no denying that they‘re one of a busy lawyer’s best friends, making information retrieval quick and easy. But when you’re not using your favorite browser to surf or you’re not using your own computer, inaccessibility of those bookmarks can wind up adding time and frustration to a task.
Google Chrome offers a free way to store your bookmarks, sync them with the Explorer and Firefox browsers and access them from any computer. (If you want to also access your bookmarks on your mobile device, you may want to consider using Xmarks to sync bookmarks and paying for the premium version.)
You will need a Google account to get started, but you don’t need a Gmail address to create it. (For more information on setting up your Google account, read How to Create a Google Account Without Gmail.)
For our readers who already have Google accounts, here are the steps required to create your bookmark space in the cloud.
Store Google Chrome Bookmarks
- Open Google Chrome and log into your Google account.
- Click on the wrench in the upper right corner and choose Options.
- Click Options, then choose Personal Stuff from the left column.
Under Personal Stuff, choose Sync, then click on the items you wish to sync with your account and click Okay.
Syncing Bookmarks from Other Browsers
- Navigate to the Personal Stuff page in your Google Chrome (see steps 1 through 3 above) and select “Import data from another browser.”
- Choose the browser from which you wish to import bookmarks.
Your bookmarks will be added to your toolbar. I can find my Firefox bookmarks by clicking “Other bookmarks” and looking in my “Imported from Firefox” folder.
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