From Firefox to Chrome: a complete guide to browser switch

Both Firefox and Chrome are popular browsers that have respective loyal users.  I haven been a Firefox user for years before trying and falling in love with Chrome.  Despite this, I did not give up Firefox.  It’s still one of the best web browser in the world.  None of them could beat the other, they are both great products.  So, why do you need to stick to only one of them?  Could we use both?  Yes, we can, and this is in fact a good idea.

Firefox - Chrome

(Image source:, original image has an IE on the right)

This post was written with the aim to guide long-time Firefox users to switch to Chrome.  I wrote this article with reference to Firefox 4 and 5 and Chrome 12 on a Windows 7 PC.


The Transition

The first thing you should do is to download a copy of Chrome.  It could be found at with Mac, Linux and Windows versions.  Follow the instructions to install it.

If for some reasons you cannot install it, e.g. you don’t have administrative rights (this is the case of my PC in office), you can try downloading from, a place where you could find the portable version of many popular applications.  They usually do not require installation.

Import bookmarks, history and saved passwords from Firefox to Chrome

Once installed, the first thing you do is to transfer your data from Firefox to Chrome.  Click the wrench icon on the top right corner, choose “Settings” or “Perferences”, find “Personal Stuff” on the left sidebar and select “Import Data from Another Browser”.  From these you can ask Chrome to import your bookmarks, history, saved passwords and saved search engines from Firefox.

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Wikihood: Combines Wikipedia and Google Maps, a new way of history and geography exploration


Last week I introduced Qwiki, an interactive Wikipedia player that plays Wikipedia entries like a video with voice annotation and subtitles.  Wikipedia’s potential is really unlimited, today I’ll introduce yet another web app that presents Wikipedia’s information in an innovative way.

Wikihood, today’s featured web app, combines Wikipedia and Google Maps to teach us history and geography.

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