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Syncing Bookmarks on Campus Computers

When you're on a classroom or lab computer—maybe giving a lecture or working on a project—having your preferred browser bookmarks on hand can really improve your workflow. Fortunately, Google Chrome's bookmark sync feature lets you access your bookmarks anywhere. This guide will walk you through how to do it.

Syncing your bookmarks

Moving bookmarks between different Google accounts

Syncing your bookmarks

Follow these steps on your personal or office computer to enable bookmark syncing with your account:

  1. Open Google Chrome and go to myaccount.google.com.
  2. If you are not signed into a Google account, click the blue Sign in button and log in with the Google account you want your bookmarks associated with. This will likely be your @emerson.edu account. 
  3. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome menu icon (three vertical dots to the far right of the browser's address bar), and select Settings.
  4. Under You and Google, you'll see the Google account you're currently logged in with.
    • If you need to switch this to a different account, click the inverted triangle button to the right to choose a different one.
  5. Click Turn on sync...
    • If you are using your @emerson.edu account, you will get a notification that this is a managed account. Click Link data to use the bookmarks, history, etc., that are currently in your browser, or click Create new profile to start fresh.
  6. Click Manage sync.
  7. Turn Bookmarks on (you can also turn on any other categories you'd like to sync).
  8. Your bookmarks all now all synced! When you log this account into Google Chrome on another computer, click the user icon to the right of the address bar and select Turn on sync... Confirm that you want to Link data and continue with syncing. Your bookmarks will now appear.  

Please note: It is important to always log out of public computers when you are finished using them. This is especially important to keep in mind when using sync to access your bookmarks and other browsing data from anywhere. 

Moving bookmarks between different Google accounts

It's possible that you've added bookmarks to your personal Google account that would make more sense in your Emerson Google account—and vice versa. You can use Chrome's bookmark export and import tools to move multiple bookmarks between your accounts relatively quickly. Here's how:

Exporting bookmarks from the first account

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the user menu icon to the right of the address bar.
    • If the top of the menu displays the account you want to export bookmarks from, then move ahead to step 2.
    • If the menu shows the wrong account, choose Sign out.
    • When Chrome is signed out, go to myaccount.google.com to sign into the desired account.
  2. Now that you're signed into the account you want to pull bookmarks from, click the Customize and control Google Chrome menu icon (three vertical dots to the far right of the browser's address bar).
  3. Select Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager from the menu.
  4. Click the Organize menu button (three vertical dots to the right of the Search bookmarks field, below the menu icon you used back in step 2).
  5. Select Export bookmarks.
  6. Google Chrome will save your bookmarks as an HTML file. Make sure to choose a save location on your computer that will be easy for you to remember later on. 
  7. Click on the user menu icon to the right of the address bar and select Sign out.

Importing bookmarks to the second account

  1. Go to myaccount.google.com and Sign in to the account you want to add these bookmarks to.
  2. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome menu icon (three vertical dots to the far right of the browser's address bar).
  3. Select Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager.
  4. Click the Organize menu button (three vertical dots to the right of the Search bookmarks field).
  5. Select Import bookmarks.
  6. Chrome will open a window for you to select the bookmarks file. Select the HTML file you exported previously and click Open

Please note

Exporting and importing bookmarks is a one-time action, similar to using copy-paste. Your bookmarks will not be synced between the two accounts from this point forward.

For more information on moving bookmarks between all browsers, please see Exporting and Importing Browser Bookmarks.

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