I’ve got both the new MacBook and the 5K Retina iMac and for using the internet I have Safari, Chrome and Firefox installed. I use Firefox for general browsing but for work I use it for WordPress and a few import functions within WordPress, however it slows everything down and when I run Activity Monitor, it tells me that Firefox is hogging all the RAM.
I’d like to swap over to Chrome or Safari, but bookmarks, passwords, and start-up pages have all been saved for my work things and Chrome for personal things. Is there a way of swapping the two over? So I could use Firefox or Safari for personal pages and Chrome for work? Rhys Adams
Alan Stonebridge says… The big browser developers make this pretty easy. The first thing to do is to export existing bookmarks to an HTML files from each of your browsers. For Firefox, read http://mzl.la/1Ssg7QN for instructions, and for Chrome go to http://bit.ly/1kcXFRc.
Next, delete all of your bookmarks in one of the browsers, then refer to its documentation for instructions on either importing from the other browser’s exported HTML file or direct from that browser itself. For Firefox, choose Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks, click the bookmark that shows a star with two arrows forming a circle inside it, choose ‘Import Data from Another Browser’, select Chrome and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you choose to import directly into Chrome, click the list-like icon to the right of its address/search bar, choose Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings, choose Firefox and follow the on-screen instructions.
Switch to the other browser. Whichever it is, you’ll see another option, alongside the one you just chose, to import bookmarks from an HTML file. Point that at the bookmarks you exported from the other browser – and that’s it! If you run into any trouble, you’ve always got the exported HTML files to fall back on.
Want to swap one browser’s set of bookmarks for another? It’s a lot easier that you might think!