We humans have one thing common in all of us and that’s, we create mistakes. One of the error I create while working on computer is, to delete important stuffs accidentally. These can be some important files or folders on the computer or even bookmarks on my browser.
So let’s see how it’s done.
Restoring the Chrome Bookmarks
1. After you realize that you have deleted an important bookmark or a folder altogether, stop using Chrome. It would be even better if you close all the instances of Chrome running on your computer.
2. Open the Run command using Windows+R key. In the command box type, C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default to open up the default user data folder of Chrome.
3. In the folder, you will find two files, namely Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak. The Bookmarks file contain the information about the bookmarks you currently have on your Chrome while the Bookmarks.bak is the backup file for your Bookmarks that Chrome creates occasionally.
Check the last modified date of the Bookmarks.bak file and if the timestamp is of before you deleted your important bookmark consider yourself lucky. If the timestamp is of after you have deleted the bookmark, consider it as the end of the story.
4. If you are still in game, rename the Bookmarks file to Bookmarks.old and thereafter rename the Bookmarks.bak to Bookmarks. Windows will ask you if you would like to change the extension of the file. Select yes for an answer and save the filename.
So what you have done is, you have made the backup file the active bookmark information file for Chrome and made the file with the deleted information as an old, unusable file thus restoring all the bookmarks to previous date.
Of course, you will loose any new bookmarks you have added to Chrome after you deleted the ones that were useful. Here you will have to choose which one is substantial for you and let go the other.
So next time you accidentally delete your Chrome bookmarks, don’t panic. Just rename the backup file and get back on track.
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