When it comes to accessing the World Wide Web, browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer are the bridges that close the gap. For users who have more than one PC at home and use browsers all the time, keeping your login details intact; transferring bookmarks and favorites; and saving your settings in one flick of a button is always welcome.
Here are some tips and tricks to keep your browsers in sync and happy.
Start by clicking the “Firefox” button or click on “Tools” (if the menu bar is active) on the top left corner. Next, click “Sync Settings”. By the way, Firefox’ synchronization feature can also include bookmarking add-ons, themes, and passwords so be sure to check those too if you need to keep them in sync as well.
To make synchronization work in Firefox, You need a Mozilla account so you should choose “Firefox Sync Setup” and click “Create new account”. Just enter a valid email address and a password, and you are good to go. If you already have an account, just go to to “Preferences Sync Firefox Sync” and choose “I have a user account”.
If you have “I do not have the device with me” specified, you must enter your Firefox Sync account information manually. The new device can access data but also directly take over from the first device or computer (ex.: Android Firefox settings saved on smartphone then to your PC).
In such cases, you need only enter a pairing code. Just click “OK” to get the settings from Mozilla’s servers, and that’s it! What’s nice about Mozilla Sync is that its cross-platform – it can work for Firefox on Windows, Linux and Android.
Chrome And Chromium
Google is making browser synchronization VERY easy. All you need is a Google account. Just pull up Chrome or Chromium access its menu and go to “Settings”. Click on “Log In Chrome”. Once you log in, the calibration settings are already in place; the scope of the synchronization is laid out in detail; and you can check it out under “Advanced Synchronization Settings”.
“Synchronize Everything” is the most convenient option so it makes sense to pick it. Oh, and don’t forget to select the “Encrypt all synced data” option. Each Chrome browser and the open source Chromium (under your Google account) that you set this way are given the same bookmarks, extensions, themes. Like Firefox, this browser syncing solution is cross-platform – working seamlessly with Chrome versions for Windows, Linux and Android.
Internet Explorer (Windows 8)
The latest Microsoft browser has no built-in synchronization. However, Windows 8 provides synchronization of various system settings, and as an option (among many), you can also synchronize the bookmarks of Internet Explorer.
From this service, however, you can use it only if you have Windows 8 devices and Windows RT tablets. Along with that, you also need a Microsoft account. In Windows 8 and RT, just hit the the key combination Ctrl-C; access “PC Settings”; and go to “Sync Settings”. Once there, activate the switch by simply selecting “Browser” and you’re all set.
Internet Explorer (On Any Windows OS)
There are tools like Xmarks Sync to, at least, match the bookmarks of IE. However, if you have access to a cloud service like SkyDrive, DropBox or Google, you won’t need such tools. The following brief instructions are for SkyDrive, but works with other cloud services as well:
– First, the SkyDrive client and its sync folder must be installed on the hard disk. The free software is available at www.windowslive.de/skydrive.
– Go to the Windows Explorer in your user profile (“% userprofile%”). The sub-folder of bookmarks is there “Favorites”. After right-clicking the folder’s path, you can now “Move” the folder.
Just move it to to “…SkyDriveFavorites”, and that is it! The bookmarks will be automatically synchronized. In case you’re wondering, the SkyDrive folder is located by default in the user profile (“% userprofile%”). Just perform the steps on all your PCs and that’s it.