5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2010 8:08 AM by dogwalker 2
Macaby Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
I just got a new MB Pro yesterday and would like to transfer my bookmarks from my older SR MB. So I "exported" them to a jump drive and then transferred that file "Safari Bookmarks.html" to my new desktop. I then went into Safari and tried the "import" option. However, I get an message that says "can not import bookmarks. Unable to read any bookmarks in Safari Bookmarks.html.

I don't know why this process can't be simpler? I've had the same problems with Windows Bookmarks (Favorites) for years now. I did manage to drag the entire Safari Bookmarks folder on to the Bookmarks Bar, but all these bookmarks are in sub-folders under "Safari Bookmarks.html".

MacBook 3.1 S.R. Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6), 21.5 iMac-IT 8GB-IP 3Gs 32GB-Nano 16GB
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (272,085 points)
    Move the file ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist over in the Finder, where ~ is the item in the Finder's sidebar with the house icon.

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  • Macaby Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
    Niel wrote:
    Move the file ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist over in the Finder, where ~ is the item in the Finder's sidebar with the house icon.


    First of all, when I export my bookmarks, the produced is called "safari bookmarks.html". Moving this file as per the about directions did not make Safari use the new bookmark list. I then tried renaming the file to bookmarks.PLIST and that didn't help either. I must be doing something wrong. Is it necessary to reboot for the change to take effect?
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (272,085 points)
    First of all, when I export my bookmarks, the produced is called "safari bookmarks.html".


    Don't export them. Just drag the file over in the Finder without doing anything in Safari.

    Is it necessary to reboot for the change to take effect?


    No, but Safari shouldn't be running on the new computer while this is being done.

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  • Macaby Level 3 Level 3 (910 points)
    Thanks, that did the trick. I don't get what the "export" option is about, but I no longer care.

    Is there anyway to slide all my mail folders over to the new computer using the same method?
  • dogwalker 2 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Not sure if this is the same thing I would need to do but I really didn't know where I could post this.
    I would like to transfer my firefox bookmarks into my safari.

    If this is the correct procedure would you please repeat it in one post.
    Thank you.