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Google Chrome gets bookmark syncing feature

Tool lets you import bookmarks from other browsers

Google is giving the latest version of its Chrome web browser a bookmark syncing feature.

Google started testing bookmark syncing earlier this year on developer builds of Chrome, and its release on the beta channel means bookmark syncing is one step closer to becoming a standard feature of Chrome's stable version.

Once you've downloaded the Chrome beta, you can access the new feature by clicking on the wrench icon on the far right side of your browser window. Then select 'Synchronise my bookmarks', and a pop-up window should appear asking you for your Google Account information.

Sign in, and Chrome will store your bookmarks in your Google Docs account. To sync your bookmarks across multiple locations, just download the beta version of Chrome on each computer you use, and repeat the steps outlined above.

When you add, delete, or edit your Chrome bookmarks on any device, those changes will be updated across all your computers. You can also add bookmarks from other web browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer by importing the data into Chrome, and the new additions will be automatically synced with the file in your Google Docs account.

Google does not allow you to edit bookmarks directly from Google Docs.

If Google Chrome is not your thing, but you like the concept of bookmark syncing, you can also get the same functionality on other popular browsers.

Internet Explorer users can download the Windows Live Toolbar to store and sync bookmarks with Microsoft's online storage service, SkyDrive.

Firefox users can download the Xmark add-on that allows you to synchronise your bookmarks and passwords, while Opera users can get in on the syncing action through Opera Link, which stores bookmarks, speed dial entries and more.

Google says the latest developer build of Chrome is thirty percent faster than the browser's current stable version. Chrome's new speed claims come on the heels of similar statements from Mozilla, which released the beta version of Firefox 3.6 last week.

Despite the media attention heaped on Chrome since its initial release last year, the browser is still far behind in popularity compared to the two market leaders: Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.

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See also: Google Chrome growing faster than Firefox


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