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How to Export Favorites from old Microsoft Edge (Legacy)?

There are certain pages and sites in everyone’s favorites or bookmarks that they want to open in all of their browsers. But entering them again in another browser is not as convenient as exporting them. In the Microsoft browser, you can either convert the favorites to an HTML file and import it on any browser or you can use browsers like Chrome to import them directly.

The Microsoft Edge (legacy) browser is going to be killed soon. Microsoft has revamped the legacy browser and rebuilt the backend using Chromium. They’ve introduced Microsoft Edge (chromium) and pushed it along with Windows 10 update.

While they’re facing the backlash for forcing a new browser without consent, perhaps one can uninstall Edge Chromium browser from windows update. But, if you do not have any personal preference for web browsers, then Microsoft Edge (chromium) is a wonderful start.

Related: How to Download Microsoft Edge (Chromium) on a Computer?

So yes, you have made up your mind that you will be moving to another internet browser. You have your reasons for making the switch but one thing now stands in the way. “How do I export my Bookmarks and Favorites to another browser?” you ask. Worry not, we got you covered. Read ahead.

There are two methods to export bookmarks from the Microsoft Edge legacy browser. You can directly export your bookmarks and favorites into an HTML file which can then be imported into your favorite browser.

And another, if you use the Google Chrome browser. It allows you to import bookmarks and favorites directly from Microsoft Edge (legacy).

However, we shall explore both methods in detail. In most cases, the HTML export of Favorites or Bookmarks works like a charm and is supported by the major browsers.

Exporting Favorites to an HTML File

In this method, you will save the bookmarks/favorites as an HTML file on your computer, and this file can be used as a backup or exported to another browser.

Here are the steps to export Microsoft edge favorites as HTML files in the local drive:

  1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.
  2. Click on the horizontal 3dots icon menu in the upper-right corner.
    Microsoft Edge Options Menu
  3. Click the Settings options menu.
  4. Under the Transfer favorites and other info, Click on Import or Export.
    Microsoft Edge General Settings Tab
  5. Choose the option Export your favorites and reading list to an HTML file as Favorites.
  6. Click on Export to file.
    Import or export favorites in Microsoft Edge
  7. Choose where you’d like the file to be saved on your computer.
  8. Click the Save command button.
    Export and Save Favorites from Edge Chromium

The bookmarks will be downloaded and saved as an HTML file on your local machine. You can use this HTML file to import into any other browser like Google Chrome as Bookmarks.

You can also email this file to any of your friends or forward it to a work machine configured with some other email address and import the bookmarks.

This method is pretty straightforward and can be great if you are using the file as a backup. In this case, you will need to have an extra backup in an external drive in case your computer crashes.

Exporting Directly into Chrome

In this method, you will import bookmarks and favorites from your Microsoft Edge browser directly to your Google Chrome browser. You can follow these steps to do so:

  1. Open the Chrome browser on the computer.
  2. Click the vertical 3dots icon menu in the upper-right corner.
  3. Hover your mouse icon over Bookmarks.
  4. Click the Import bookmarks and settings option.
    Google Chrome Import Bookmarks and Settings option
  5. Select the Microsoft Edge browser from which you are importing the bookmarks.
    Import bookmarks from Edge into Chrome
  6. Click the Import command button.

Google Chrome allows you to import bookmarks from other browsers. You can follow the same steps and replace Microsoft Edge in step 5 with any browser of your choice to import bookmarks.

Bottom Line: Export Favorites from Edge (Legacy)

I love trying out and experimenting with new things, browsers on of them. I always find it helpful to import bookmarks from my frequently used browsers so that I do not have to visit each website and set the bookmarks individually.

Also, using these import and export features within the browser, it makes quite simple and easy to switch and migrate to another browser. In this case, you can quickly switch to Edge (Chromium) browser from the legacy browser.

What are the main reasons why you export bookmarks and favorites of your browsers? Is it for backup purposes or just switching from one browser to another? Let us know in the comments section below.

FAQs: Export Favorites from Old Microsoft Edge

Now, let us go through some of the major frequently asked questions regarding how to export favorites from old Microsoft Edge.

How to export favorites directly into Google Chrome?

Open your Chrome Browser and click on the three dots at the top right corner and under the Bookmarks section open Import bookmarks and settings. Now, select Microsoft Edge as the browser from which you want to import the Bookmarks so click on the check box against favorites/bookmarks and hit on Import.

How to export favorites to an HTML File in Edge Browser?

Launch the Edge Browser and click on the Settings from the three dots at the top. Next, open the transfer, share info section under which you will find the Import or export file. Hit on the export file and then select the location where you would like to export the file and save it.

Can I import favorites using an HTML file to any browser?

Yes, you can import the favorites exported from Microsoft Edge to any of your Desktop browsers.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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