Edge automatically imports Chrome bookmarks for all users

I just ran Edge – Microsoft’s new web browser – on my Windows 10 test computer, and the ‘Favorites’ bar went berserk for a few seconds. At first I thought there was some kind of display bug, but then I clicked the arrow at the far right end of the bar, and could see a lot of new Favorites, including many in folders. Some of those favorites were familiar, and some were not.

I eventually realized that Edge had automatically imported all the Chrome bookmarks from every Google account that had ever logged into Google, using Chrome, while logged into Windows with my Microsoft account. I leave the computer logged in, which is normally not recommended, but this is also my main media computer, and there’s nothing personal on any of its drives. Also I trust my roommate.

Chrome knows when you’re logged in to Google, and shows bookmarks and other settings specific to the current Google user. These settings are stored locally, keeping each Google user’s settings separate, but storing the data in the profile of whichever Windows user is currently logged in.

There are two problems with this. First, I don’t think this import process should be automatic. It’s the kind of thing that I want to do strictly on demand, and in fact you can do that: in Edge’s Settings dialog, click the ‘View favorites settings’ button to see the import feature. Second, Edge should not assume I want to import Chrome bookmarks for all Google profiles. Now I’ve got a mess to clean up, and I can’t be sure it won’t happen again. So I’ll stop using Edge.

I’m running Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10576, which just installed itself earlier this morning. I can’t be sure the Edge problem is related, but it seems likely.

About jrivett

Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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