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How To Switch From Using Internet Explorer To Google Chrome

It’s much easier than you’d think to switch from using Internet Explorer to Google’s Chrome web browser.

Internet Explorer has long been the favourite browser for many of us, mainly because it was simply there on our computer’s right from start. No need to install anything new. But the time is long overdue that anyone still using IE should switch.

Microsoft are killing off Internet Explorer in favour of their newest browser Edge. So, at some point, you’ll be forced to move away from Internet Explorer.

Download & Install Google Chrome.

Before you can begin switching from Internet Explorer to Chrome, you’ll need to download and install it. Google Chrome doesn’t come pre-installed on your computer like Internet Explorer does. If you’ve already got Chrome on your computer, you can skip this step.

You can either search for Google Chrome or click the link https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/chrome/

When you get to the Chrome download page, click the DOWNLOAD CHROME button.

Click the Run button to start the download and install process. If you get a UAC warning, click Yes or OK to allow the install to go ahead.

The Google Chrome download webpage. The download button is indicated.
Download Google Chrome.
The Run button is indicated.
To install, click the RUN button.

Google Chrome Setup Options.

As Google Chrome installs itself on your computer, you’ll see several setup screens. You can click Skip on each screen if you’re not interested.

Get started page that appears during the set up of Google Chrome.
If you already have a Google account, you can sign in here. If you don’t, or you’re not sure, click the GET STARTED button.
Skip button is indicated.
Next, Google can automatically bookmark some useful websites. Click the SKIP button.
Pick a background page. Skip is indicated.
Pick a background image for Chrome, or just click the SKIP button.
Skip is indicated.
You can set Chrome as your default browser. Click the SKIP button.

Import Your Favourites From Internet Explorer To Chrome.

This is without doubt the most important part of switching from Internet Explorer to Chrome. It’s the first question I get asked when advising clients to switch to Chrome.

The good news is that it’s easy to move your Favourites. They will work just the same as they always have.

The only real difference is that when you’ve moved to Chrome, your Favourites will be called Bookmarks.

To import all your Favourites, click the menu button (three vertical dots, top right corner).

Customise and control chrome button is indicated.
Click the 3 vertical dots to open the settings menu.

On the Settings menu, hover your pointer over Bookmarks. A second menu will open.

On the second menu, click Import Bookmarks and Settings.

Import bookmarks and settings indicated on Chrome options menu.
To import your Favourites into Chrome, click Import Bookmarks and Settings.

The Import Bookmarks and Settings window will open. By default, Chrome will automatically select to import your favourites from Internet Explorer. Click the IMPORT button.

After your Favourites have been imported, you’ll need to turn on the Bookmarks Bar. Click the “Show Bookmarks Bar” switch and then click the DONE button.

Chrome importing bookmarks from Internet Explorer.
Import your bookmarks and settings from Internet Explorer.
Show bookmarks bar indicated.
Enable the “Show bookmarks bar” and then click the Done button.


That’s pretty much it, you’ve successfully switched from the old and tired Internet Explorer to the dashing and modern Google Chrome. And you’ve also moved all your Favourites (now called bookmarks) with you.

For a more complete walk through of how you can change even more settings in Chrome, click here How To Set Up Google Chrome.

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