What's the folder location on Windows 10 where Google Chrome stores its bookmarks file?

PCtoreno

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Does anyone know the folder location on Windows 10 where Google Chrome stores its bookmarks file? I researched this online and Google says it's on this next location but I can't find such location on my PC.
are located in ...\Chrome\User Data\Default\Bookmarks
(full extensions might look like C:\Documents and Settings\<USER NAME>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Bookmarks
OR
C:\Users\USER NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default)

Why do they use different folder names than on Windows 10?
I can only see a Documents folder on my C drive but it's empty.

And what is the difference between the 'Bookmarks menu' folder and the 'Bookmarks toolbar' folder in Google Chrome bookmarks? Are they both not just different folders in your Google Chrome's bookmarks' file? Why would they have 2 of these folders?
 

ArisVer

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I do not know were the location is but you can export your bookmarks. Hit ctrl+shift+O and on the bookmarks page hit the three dots and export your bookmarks.
 

PCtoreno

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I believe Chrome used to store the bookmarks file as sqlite, but it appears to be stored as JSON now.

Path: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

File: Bookmarks
I went to this folder:
Path: C:\Users\%username%
but there I can't see any folder called 'AppData' or something like it. I checked all folders in that location but none are the one.

When Chrome exports your bookmarks as an HTML file, does it take that JSON db file and transforms it to an HTML file? And when it imports it, does it transform it to a JSON db file? And what will happen if you import more than 1 exported bookmarks files into Chrome?
 

ArisVer

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You have to show your hidden files for the AppData folder to be shown.

Path: Control Panel > File Explorer Options > View (tab) > check "show hidden files, folders and drives"
 

PCtoreno

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Thanks, I did what you recommend and checked "show hidden files, folders and drives". I can see those folders now but I can't see a Bookmarks file anywhere. I checked the contents of all those folders I found there but no Bookmarks file to see.

I just want to know what happens when Chrome imports and exports bookmarks files. Will it store all imported bookmarks in the same database file and so you might end up with having some/several bookmarks double? How does this work?
Can you create a new bookmarks/database file and select it somewhere so it will be used by Chrome?
And can you select which bookmarks/database file Chrome should use to avoid double/duplicate bookmarks or can you only use the only one that it has?
 
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PCtoreno

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Thanks, I did what you recommend and checked "show hidden files, folders and drives". I can see those folders now but I can't see a Bookmarks file anywhere. I checked the contents of all those folders I found there but no Bookmarks file to see.

I just want to know what happens when Chrome imports and exports bookmarks files. Will it store all imported bookmarks in the same database file and so you might end up with having some/several bookmarks double? How does this work?
 

ArisVer

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It creates an html file with your stored bookmarks, nothing fancy (do it and find out).
Then you can import your bookmarks to a new installation of chrome on same pc (if you removed your old chrome for whatever reason), or to another new pc.
There is also the sync feature of chrome available.

I should have mentioned earlier that I also tried to find the location of were google chrome stores the bookmarks but could not find it, long time ago.
 
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And what is the difference between the 'Bookmarks menu' folder and the 'Bookmarks toolbar' folder in Google Chrome bookmarks? Are they both not just different folders in your Google Chrome's bookmarks' file? Why would they have 2 of these folders?
Pinned versus non pinned is the easiest way to describe it.
 


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