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Any ideas how to backup bookmarklets so I can install them on a new machine? I'm thinking specifically of Chrome -- but I'd like to know how to do the same with Firefox too.

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Are you making a certain distinction between bookmarks and bookmarklets? – squircle Jan 9 '11 at 15:46
Bookmarklets are just bookmarks that contain JavaScript code to be executed instead of a URL to open when clicked. So you want to backup bookmarks, or some of your bookmarks – Daniel Beck Jan 9 '11 at 15:56
I want the whole shebang. Bookmarks, bookmarklets, etc. I've just setup Chrome on a new machine. Thanks all for the speedy responses. – Rolnik Jan 9 '11 at 15:59
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To export your bookmarks on Chrome, you can go into the Bookmarks Manager (Bookmarks menu -> Bookmarks Manager) and in the Organize menu, click Export Bookmarks. This will give you an HTML file that both Firefox and Chrome will be able to import. (To import them back into Chrome, follow the same steps, but click Import Bookmarks and locate the bookmarks file).

To export your bookmarks on Firefox, click on Organize Bookmarks in the Bookmarks menu (may be called Manage Bookmarks). Go to the File menu and click Export (or Import and Backup), and save the HTML file that way.

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You are fast! I'm trying to 'accept your answer' -- but even SU thinks I'm doing so too fast, & won't let me. – Rolnik Jan 9 '11 at 15:57
@Rolnik Thanks! :) It'll let you accept it soon, no doubt. – squircle Jan 9 '11 at 15:59

Looks like you click on the 'customize button' (looks like a wrench), and follow these steps:

  1. BookMark manager
  2. Export bookmarks

I just tried this, and stored the result to a network drive, so I can use it on a newer computer.

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If you have access to at least three different computers then using a cloud is enough for your purposes. The cloud will serve as backup too.

If all you want is to copy bookmarks from machine A to machine B, you can use the cloud as well.

A popular one, though not open-source, is xmarks.

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If you want to sync bookmarks between 2 or more computers xmarks is a great option. If you want to do a one-off transfer go with the export feature already recommended – JamesBarnett Jan 12 '11 at 21:55
Yes, but why not doing a one-off job that will automatically keep you synchronized forever? – user39559 Jan 12 '11 at 23:04

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