The steps in this article are going to show you how to locate the file that contains all of your Google Chrome bookmarks.
- The bookmarks file that we are locating in this guide is an unusual file type. If you wish to open it, you will probably need to view it with Notepad.
- In order to access the file where your Google Chrome bookmarks are stored, you will need to be able to view hidden files and folders. We show how to do this at the end of the article.
- The file path for the bookmarks file is “C:\Users\(YourUserName)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default“, just replace the (YourUserName) part of the path with your username on your computer.
When you use the Google Chrome Web browser on your Windows 10 computer it creates a number of files and folders.
One of the files that it creates is called “Bookmarks,” and it stores information about the bookmarks that you create.
Our guide below is going to show you how to locate this folder on your computer so that you can view, edit, or modify that file as necessary.
How to Get to the Google Chrome Bookmark Location
- Click the folder icon in your taskbar.
- Select This PC at the left side of the window.
- Double-click on your C drive.
- Double-click the Users folder.
- Double-click your username.
- Double-click the AppData folder.
- Double-click the Local folder.
- Double-click the Google folder.
- Double-click the Chrome folder.
- Double-click the User Data folder.
- Double-click the Default folder.
- Scroll down to find the Bookmarks file.
Our guide continues below with more information on finding the location of the Google Chrome bookmarks file, including pictures of these steps.
How to Find Your Google Chrome Bookmarks File in Windows 10 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on a Windows 10 laptop, with the most current version of the Google Chrome Web browser that was available when this article was written.
If you are intending to modify or delete the Bookmarks file, be sure to close Google Chrome before you start this process.
Step 1: Click the folder icon in the taskbar to open the File Explorer.
Step 2: Select the This PC option at the left side of the window.
Step 3: Double-click your C drive, double-click the Users folder, then double-click your username.
Step 4: Open the AppData folder. If you don’t see it, then follow the steps in the section below to show hidden files and folders.
Step 5: Double-click the Local folder, double-click the Google folder, double-click the Chrome folder, then double-click the User Data folder.
Step 6: Double-click the Default folder, then scroll down to locate the Bookmarks file.
You can then right-click on the Bookmarks file, choose Open with, then select Notepad to view your bookmarks data.
A lot of important files and folders in Windows are hidden to prevent people from editing or deleting those files automatically. So if you are asking yourself “where does Chrome store bookmarks” because you aren’t even seeing the AppData folder that we discuss above, then you might need to change a view setting for the folder.
How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10
If you don’t see the AppData folder in the steps above then that means some of your files and folders are hidden. Our guide below will show you how to make them visible.
Step 1: Click the folder icon in the taskbar.
Step 2: Select the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Check the box to the left of Hidden items in the ribbon.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about the Google Chrome bookmarks location.
More Information on How to Find the Google Bookmarks Location
When you are trying to find specific files like this that are hidden in your AppData folder in Windows it’s usually easier to copy and paste the file address instead of navigating through multiple folders to get at the information you need. Windows doesn’t require you to make hidden folders visible if you are navigating directly to them with the file or folder address.
You can browse to specific file locations by clicking the search button in the taskbar, then copying and pasting the address into the search field and pressing “Enter” on your keyboard.
You could also open File Explorer, click inside of the address bar at the top of the window, then copy and paste the address there.
Note that Google Chrome doesn’t have a specific feature or object called favorites, so people generally use the terms “bookmarks” and “favorites” interchangeably. If you are looking for the Google Chrome favorites location then you can find them by following the steps in the article above to locate the bookmarks folder.
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