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by Tom Nelson

Safari, Apple’s popular web browser, has a lot going for it. It’s easy to use, fast, and versatile, and it adheres to web standards. It does, however, have one slightly annoying feature, or should I say it lacks a feature: a convenient way to import and export bookmarks.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Yes, there are ‘Import Bookmarks’ and ‘Export Bookmarks’ options in the Safari File menu. But if you have ever used these Import or Export options, you probably didn’t get what you expected. The Import option brings your bookmarks into Safari as a folder full of bookmarks that can’t actually be accessed from the Bookmarks menu or from the Bookmarks Bar. Instead, you have to open the Bookmarks manager, sort though the imported bookmarks, and manually put them where you want them.

If you want to avoid this tedium, and be able to back up and restore your Safari bookmarks without the import/export and sorting hassle, you can. Likewise, this method of directly manipulating Safari’s bookmark file will allow you to move your Safari bookmarks to a new Mac, or take your Safari bookmarks with you wherever you go and use them on an available Mac.

Read more on About: Macs.

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