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Through the bookmark jungle

The last time I wrote on how to easily organise your bookmarks on a convenient online service, I completely overlooked the fact that before you can decide what to do with the bookmarks that you’ve been diligently collecting over the years, you might need to compile them into a wieldy bunch first.

Working with multiple web browsers over the years, as a necessity, has meant I’ve used many different ones. Consequently, my bookmarks were spread through multiple browsers, meaning that my collection of bookmarks was wild and untamed, like the Amazon rainforest.

It seemed at times that these links existed across a vast and diverse ecosystem, needing no help from me to multiply and flourish. After taking a machete to this wild collection for some basic pruning and replanting, it’s now like a Mughal garden – serene, orderly and lovely to behold.

Let’s start

Depending on which browsers you use, this bookmark-taming expedition shouldn’t prove as complicated as you might expect. (I’m not going to get into a treatise on browsers here, because that’s a story for another day.)

The first thing to do is to figure out where your bookmarks are, of course. Are they all on one browser, or are they spread across multiple browsers?

One browser?

If your bookmarks are all in one browser, then all you need to do is export them as an HTML file. You can easily search for step-by-step instructions on how to export your bookmarks.

Just go to Google and search for ‘export bookmarks Firefox’, for example, if you use Firefox as your browser. If you use a different one, then just replace ‘Firefox’ with the name of your browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari) and you’ll find the instructions you need.

But make sure you export your bookmarks as an HTML file.

And remember to save this file where it is easy to access, like on your desktop.

Many browsers?

If your bookmarks are across multiple browsers, then just follow the exporting instructions for each one of your browsers. Remember to export your bookmarks from each browser as an HTML file and save each one in a single, easy-to-access place.

Putting it all together

Once you’ve exported your bookmarks, you can begin the process of importing them into a single online service and start tending your own Mughal garden of links. The bookmarking service you’ve chosen will have instructions on how to import your saved HTML bookmarks. These instructions are usually in the Support or Help section of the website.

If you use a service like Pocket, that I’ve mentioned before, your bookmarks will be accessible anywhere, including on your mobile through the app.

There you have it! Not only are your bookmarks online, but you can now go through them at your leisure, add tags for easier reference, and search through them to find exactly what you need, wherever you are.

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