Importing Bookmarks from Internet Explorer to Chrome / Firebox

With this Internet Explorer bug that is causing quite a stir, the easiest thing to do is to switch web browsers until it is fixed. Our suggestion is to install Google Chrome, which is our personal favorite here at the office. Firefox is another option.

After you install a new browser, you might wish you still had your favorites / bookmarks from Internet Explorer. Here are some simple instructions on how to import them into your new browser.

Chrome

First, make sure Google Chrome is open. The icon looks like this: 

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu
  2. Select Bookmarks..
  3. Select Import bookmarks and settings.
  4. Select Internet Explorer.
  5. Click Import.

The bookmarks will then appear in the bookmarks bar underneath the address bar. If you already have bookmarks within Chrome, the bookmarks you import will appear in a new folder called “Imported from IE” at the end of the bar. You can also find your bookmarks by clicking the Chrome menu Chrome menu and selecting Bookmarks.

Firefox

First, make sure Firefox is open. The icon looks like this: 

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Bookmarks button Bookmarks-29 and select Show All Bookmarks to open the Library window.
  2. In the Library window, click Import and Backup and choose Import Data from Another Browser
  3. If the Import Wizard window appears, select Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click Next.
  4. Firefox will list the types of settings it can import. Select the items you’d like to import, then click Next.
  5. Click Finish.

Your favorite will then appear in the Bookmarks menu, in a folder called From Internet Explorer.

If you need our help with any of this, give us a buzz at 1 (844) TECHDOG.

How to Clear your Cache

In order to speed up web browsing, web browsers are designed to download web pages store them locally on your machine in an area called “cache”. Clearing your cache means you are removing those stored versions of a website from your browser so you can see it in its most recent and true form.

How you clear your cache depends on the browser you use.

  • Internet Explorer 9 and 10
    • Click the gear icon at the top right to open the Settings menu, then select Safety and then Delete Browsing History.
      • Or just press CTRL + Shift + Delete on your keyboard.
    • Select Temporary Internet Files.
    • Click the Delete  button at the bottom of that window.
    • Your computer will work for a moment, and then the process will be complete.
  • Internet Explorer 8
    • Select Tools menu from the navigation bar, then Delete Browsing History.
      • Or just press CTRL + Shift + Delete on your keyboard.
    • Select Temporary Internet Files.
    • Click the Delete button at the bottom of that window.
    • Your computer will work for a moment, and then the process will be complete.
  • Firefox
    • Click the Firefox menu in the top left corner.
    • Select the right arrow next to History >
    • Click Clear Recent History.
      • Or press CTRL + Shift + Delete to open the recent history window.
    • Make sure Details is expanded, then select Cache from the list. Uncheck everything else.
    • In the Time Range to Clear drop down, select Everything.
    • Select Clear Now.
    • Your computer will work for a moment, and the process will be complete. You’ve successfully cleared Firefox’s Cache!
  • Chrome
    • Click the menu icon in the upper right corner of the browser to the right (three horizontal lines).
    • Click Settingson the bottom of the menu.
      • A faster way to get there is to press CTRL + Shift Delete on a PC, or Shift + Command + Delete on a Mac.
    • From settings, click Show advanced settings... It’s located at the very bottom of the settings section.
    • Scroll to the privacy section and click Clear browsing data.
    • Select Empty the cache.
    • Uncheck all other options to avoid deleting browser history, cookies and other things you may wish to retain.
    • Change “Obliterate the following items from” to “the beginning of time“.
    • Select Clear browsing data.
  • Safari (Mac)
    • Click the Safari menu and select Empty Cache
    • Click Empty.
  • Safari (Windows)
    • Once your browser is open, click the gear icon on the top right.
    • Select Reset Safari… This will prompt a screen to open.
    • Select Remove all website data at the very bottom of the prompt.
    • Check or uncheck any other categories you want reset.
    • Click Reset.