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    Coming from Ubuntu Chrome
    I innocently thought if I exported my bookmarks to my external HD, I could then import them into Chrome for OSX but apparently it doesn't work that way. I can see the file but the name is greyed out. Is there a way I can do this or will I have to reassemble my old machine and do a sync?

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    According to Google, Chrome exported your bookmarks file as HTML.

    http://www.google.com/support/chrome...y?answer=96816

    Also according to Google, Chrome can import HTML bookmarks files, so make sure you are following the procedure exactly as described at the link above.

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    You can painlessly sync your Chrome bookmarks across multiple computers and OSs. I have my Chrome bookmarks synced across my MBP, Windows PC, and Ubuntu netbook. In Chrome, look in Options under "Personal Stuff" to set up sync.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wavinwayne View Post
    You can painlessly sync your Chrome bookmarks across multiple computers and OSs. I have my Chrome bookmarks synced across my MBP, Windows PC, and Ubuntu netbook. In Chrome, look in Options under "Personal Stuff" to set up sync.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjiffy View Post
    I innocently thought if I exported my bookmarks to my external HD, I could then import them into Chrome for OSX but apparently it doesn't work that way. I can see the file but the name is greyed out. Is there a way I can do this or will I have to reassemble my old machine and do a sync?
    Sometimes, when I save files, my Mac won't automatically add the appropriate file extension. The result is that programs looking for a certain type of file end up greying out files which ought to work. Perhaps something similar happened with your exported file.

    If I am, indeed, correct, try adding the appropriate extension to your file and then Chrome ought to allow you to select and import it.

    Good luck

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    You can also sync bookmarks between multiple browsers and OSes using a cloud service like Xmarks

    Xmarks | Bookmark Sync and Search
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    I just booted up my openSUSE VM and exported my bookmarks from Chrome there. I went to import them into Chrome here in OS X and everything went well. How did you export your bookmarks?
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    Thankyou for the input guys. Shikarnov, you had it spot on. I simply added .html to the end of the file name and Chrome picked it up no problem. Coming from Ubuntu, extensions are something I never had to think about much. Thankyou.

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