Where Are My Favorites In Google Chrome ?

Where Are My Favorites In Google Chrome ? Many new Google Chrome users ask, soon after they switch from Internet Explorer. The answer is really simple. Google Chrome (and most of the other browsers out there) calls Favorites Bookmarks. They are exactly the same.

Internet Explorer Favorites

So if you just moved from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome (or Firefox or Opera actually!) what you need to look for is Bookmarks. Your Favorites Bar is now the Bookmarks Bar.


Favorites Icon

Google Chrome uses a star to show if the webpage you are visiting is in your bookmarks (favorites). However, Chrome uses a folder icon to show the favorites folders or Chrome’s bookmarks folders. By default, you will have a folder named “Other Bookmarks

List of Favorites

The list of favorites is now available on Chrome as a Bookmarks page. To access this page, type in the following to the addressbar: chrome://bookmarks From the bookmarks manager, you can search your favorites, add or remove, and re-arrange in multiple folder.

Where Are My Favorites In Google Chrome ?

Switched to Chrome and looking for your Favorites ? You are not alone, there are so many around here looking for the answer to the same question. They are all so used to the word favorites and have trouble finding what it is called in Chrome.

So, here goes, for anyone looking for “Favorites” in Google Chrome after switching from IE ( Oh, Congrats BTW 🙂 Read this to get more out of your new browser ), Favorites are called “Bookmarks” in Chrome. Now, some tips for using bookmarks

How to Import Favorites from Firefox or Internet Explorer

  1. Click the settings icon (those three lines, like a hot-dog) on the browser toolbar. Mac users: If you don’t see the wrench icon, go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click Chrome.
  2. Select Options (Preferences on a Mac).
  3. Click the Personal Stuff tab and find the “Browsing data” section.
  4. Click Import data from another browser.
  5. In the Import Bookmarks and Settings dialog that appears, select the application that contains the settings you’d like to import.
  6. Make sure that only the checkboxes for items you want to imp

Bookmarks Tips for New Chrome User

CTRL + Shift + B brings your bookmarks bar on Chrome. This is similar to Favorites Bar in Internet Explorer.

You can use an icons only bookmarks bar for saving space and including more links, read it here.

Hope you enjoy Chrome ! I will be glad to answer any questions you have on how to use it. We have so many friends here who would love to answer your queries if you post them in comments ! Stay tuned !

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • WoodLooker 21/01/2011, 8:32 pm

    For beginners with Chrome concerning Bookmarks [IE’s Favorites] bar. There is an Option (>tools> ) to ‘Always Show Bookmarks Bar’ but (to keep an optimum amount of screen space) better is to click on the New+ tab where the Bookmarks bar will always to be found,

    • chrome story 22/01/2011, 3:23 pm

      Yes, i forgot to include that … thank you !!

  • acupunc 21/01/2011, 9:07 pm

    It would be smart if Google put a little bookmark/favorite icon with the other icons that gives a nice drop-down list of your bookmarks. . . like IE & Firefox. You can’t even get a good extension for this at this point in time. Personally for a minimalistic UI I don’t get why Chrome wants you to have another toolbar displayed all the time taking up valuable screen space.

    • chrome story 22/01/2011, 3:25 pm

      put everything in other bookmarks folder ?

      • PAEz 30/01/2011, 11:20 am

        Nice article but you didnt cover acupune’s question and that is by far the most common question of people coming from other browsers to Chrome. Ive answered that question a bunch of times.
        Maybe one day do a post on all the different bookmarks in your toolbar extensions.
        Oh why did they take away the bookmarks in the toolbar icon command line option?…..Why!?!?!

        • chrome story 30/01/2011, 2:28 pm

          uhmm ,, good point 🙂 I had started writing a post about moving from IE to Chrome .. couldn’t complete yet … 😀 any points to add to that ?

          • PAEz 31/01/2011, 12:27 pm

            Nah, sorry, but I havent used IE in like 4-5 years….I hate it with a passion!
            The only person I know that still uses IE uses a really old version without tabs because he hates tabs (he considers the task bar to be his tab bar).
            Ive converted three people to Chrome from IE (most come from FF) and they didnt have any probs at all.
            Its FF users who want more out of Chrome and whine the most and theres not much you can do about that until the extension api allows for more things….the alternatives are quite often sub par.

    • maryde 02/05/2013, 5:23 pm

      i would like a drop down favorites/bookmark. i don’t like the toolbar, it’s limited to what can go across the screen. drop down allows for a lot more visually, unless i’m missing something

  • Kiran 22/01/2011, 9:43 am

    Give me ONE GOOD REASON to make a move for Chrome? 😉

    • chrome story 22/01/2011, 3:14 pm

      open a PDF file on IE and then on Chrome 🙂

    • Slik 22/01/2011, 10:32 pm

      Because Chrome is faster and more secure! 😉

    • PAEz 30/01/2011, 11:26 am

      Give it a go and if you like it stick with it.
      Theres really no one reason why you SHOULD, at the end of the day its what works for you.
      I personally think FF is the most technically better browser, FF is capable of doing almost anything net related and what it cant do it can be made to do……but at what cost? complexity
      Chrome is the most simple browser in sooooo many ways.
      Its simple to look at, its simple to use and (for me the most important thing) it simple to code for…..FF is a beast and its a beast to code for….XUL…urgghh…does my head in
      Just stick with what you like.

    • Raj Thakur 05/07/2013, 3:22 pm

      Use once u gonna love it….and u never want to leave this browser..

  • mary mings 06/02/2012, 10:08 am

    How to save a web title in the favorites in IE after Google Chrome has been installed?

  • Stephanie Barnes 03/03/2012, 5:22 pm

    I need my favourite back on my tool bar

  • Joanne 12/03/2012, 7:23 pm

    Ok, so I’ve moved to Chrome, all seems very nice. I’ve imported my ‘favourites’ but why isn’t there an icon to go straight to them? The way it is now, its so long winded to get to them! spanner – bookmarks – imported form IE… and there they are! that’s way to fussy! Is there a way to make a short cut to them? Thanks.

    • Joanne 12/03/2012, 7:30 pm

      Sorted it! thanks.

      • Karl 25/06/2014, 11:27 am

        How did you sort it Joanne?

  • Ronald Ciavolino 19/03/2012, 12:43 am

    I am very unhappy with these changes. Don’t you have anything better to do with your time? I can’t find a thing. What would it cost you to replace everything as it was and then all resign and go away? This is not an advance; it is restless, random movement. How much did this all cost you?

  • Janet 25/03/2012, 10:27 pm

    Is there a way to make a short cut to ‘favourites’ . I managed to import them from IE ok but the Chrome way of accessing them is far too time consuming – spanner/bookmarks etc. Surely I’m doing something wrong? Please help! Thank You.

  • Ken 02/04/2012, 9:17 am

    Where did my bookmarks go? I had a lot in there? Had about 30 with several folders with more in them. Used to click an Icon below the wrench and they all would be along the right side. Forgot what it looked like now,but It’s gone now.

  • Laurel 15/04/2012, 8:13 pm

    On IE there was a way to pin my favorites list open. Is there a way to do that on Chrome?

    • Dinu 15/04/2012, 10:36 pm

      I dont think so.But, try putting your links on bookmarks bar, and you can have it always open (ctrl shift b)

  • Kimberly 26/10/2012, 9:32 pm

    -effin THANK YOU!!! Geeze-la-weeze!

  • Deborah 27/10/2012, 7:20 am

    well, I can’t even find the wrench so how stupid am I eh?

    • Dinu 27/10/2012, 11:21 am

      The wrench has been replaced with a bacon icon..

      • Deborah 27/10/2012, 11:25 am

        thank you for that.

        I thought I was really stupid.

        And I did get my Bookmarks back. They say the History cam with it also but I haven’t figured out how to delete that.

        thanks again,
        Deb Davis

        • Dinu 27/10/2012, 11:29 am

          Cool.. can you explain the last thing about history a bit more? I didnt quite get that..

          • Deborah 27/10/2012, 11:38 am

            You know when you go in and delete your history so its not got 3 months back. Well, I’ve always kept mine pretty clear. I deleted my history about once a week. But now I don’t see how I do that.

            thanks again and I am off to bed.
            deb davis

          • Dinu 27/10/2012, 11:42 am

            you can either set to delete it automatically when you close Chrome .. or get some extension to do that for you..
            good nite!!

          • Deborah 31/10/2012, 3:38 am

            And where do I find this extension so I can delete the history I want deleted?

  • george 31/10/2012, 1:21 am

    how do I my OLD FAVORITES Icon back

  • arlene leach 09/11/2012, 10:27 pm

    arlene leach

  • John 16/11/2012, 1:47 am

    Is there a way to make Chrome search my bookmarks/favorites when I begin typing in the command line? My bookmarks/favorites hold all the most useful sites that I want to return to when they relate to my current search. A “Yes” answer would be great to learn of! Thanks!

  • jack 07/12/2012, 1:30 am

    You have got to be kidding me! Send me back to Internet Explorer

  • cindy 17/12/2012, 8:07 pm

    I would like to save this page for reference, oh but guess what, I don’t have a favorites tab or a print tab when viewing this page on Chrome.

  • earl 27/05/2013, 10:01 pm

    change it back i love the old way to find favorites

  • earl 27/05/2013, 10:05 pm

    i love google chrome but i dont like not having bookmark icon hope you bring it back

  • Kori 20/06/2013, 7:43 am

    Than you so much It has helped a bunch! :-*

  • Raj Thakur 05/07/2013, 3:20 pm

    Google chrome Never Ask you regarding plugins and this is the thing i love the most….. Chrome is d best if Mozilla Addicted user once start with chrome I bet nobody want to move again on other browsers……. 🙂

  • Joe 10/02/2014, 9:01 am

    I know how to find my bookmarks, that’s not my issue.

    I would like to save all my bookmarks to a text file, or somewhere I can access them. Right now Chrome has stopped working for me several times, why I don’t have a clue, then after a few days it comes back up.

    I am concerned that I may have to uninstall it, and then re install it later. And if I do I have no idea what will happen to my bookmarks.

    Thanks for any help.

  • Joe 10/02/2014, 9:05 am

    Sorry, just posted a question about saving my bookmarks. From all the dialog I figured there had to be a way, so I dug deeper and found how to export them.

    I am all set, sorry for the inconvenience.

  • fred peters 30/03/2015, 8:59 am

    Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen, buh bye Chrome!

  • Melissa Beckham 16/04/2015, 9:38 pm

    I didn’t want to change my way of working with my favorites. By what friggin’ right does Chrome just show up like a bully and slow my work down?