How To Share Specific Bookmarks And Bookmark Folders Between Users


By: Drew McManus

In: Web Tech

Every browser provides a straightforward solution to exporting and importing bookmarks but what if you only want to share some or only those from specific folders? For Chrome users, that’s not a default feature but thankfully, there are a few extensions to fill that functionality void that are free and easy to use.

Disclaimer: extensions may collect some personal information while also providing functionality so be sure to review the Privacy Practices section for each extension and use that information to help inform your decision to use the extension.

There are two extensions worth considering:

You can add either extension by selecting the blue “Add to Chrome” button in the top, right hand corner of the extension’s Chrome Web Store page:

Once installed, both extensions operate similarly. The following screenshot is from the Export Selective Bookmarks admin panel:

  1. Select individual bookmarks or entire folders to include in the export file.
  2. Select Export

You’ll download a HTML file that can be used by Chrome’s default bookmark import function:

  1. Select the stacked dots icon
  2. Select “Bookmarks”
  3. Select “Import Bookmarks and settings”

  1. Select “Bookmarks HMTL File” from the dropdown.
  2. Select “Choose File”

Chrome will import everything and display a success message when complete. If desired, you can go to Manage Bookmarks to confirm the import and arrange the imported bookmarks as desired.

Pro Tip: be sure to disable the plugin after use. In general, extensions that provide very specific functionality like these only need to be activated when needed. You can enable/disable extensions by entering chrome://extensions/ into your browser bar or navigating there via the settings panel:

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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