Have you ever accidentally deleted a bookmark in Google Chrome? There isn’t any easy way to undo this, so unless you can remember the sites that you’ve nuked, they might seem gone for good. But, here’s an automated backup system that lets you restore them.
Google Chrome automatically creates a backup of your bookmarks each time you launch Chrome from a closed state. This is a lesser-known feature, and it can save your butt if you accidentally delete a bookmark or, even worse, a group of bookmarks.
Accidents happen. The delete key is easy to hit. And unlike Internet Explorer, deleted Chrome bookmarks don’t go to the recycle bin –- they get permanently erased on the spot. The only chance of recovery is a backup, so the automated backup is your best bet unless you regularly export/backup your bookmarks. The only side effect is that any new bookmarks you’ve created since launching Chrome will also be lost unless you back them up right away.
If you’ve just accidentally deleted a bookmark, whatever you do, don’t close and re-open Chrome. You will lose your backup file. You need to swap the automated backup file first. It’s located at the following location in Windows 7.
Find the file named Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak. To see the .bak extension, you’ll need to have File Extensions set to Visible. The plain Bookmarks file is your current set, including the accidental deletion. You don’t want it. But before you do anything, it’s a good idea to exit Chrome entirely.
Right-click on the Google Chrome icon from the taskbar and select Close all windows.
Be careful that you do not re-open Google Chrome yet. Doing so will overwrite the backup file.
Head back to your default folder and delete the (current) plain Bookmarks file. Then, rename Bookmarks.bak and remove the .bak extension to match the name of the file you just deleted.
In the end result, you’ll have one Bookmarks file in your default folder; the one that used to be Bookmarks.bak.
Restart Chrome. The accident will have been reversed, and your bookmarks will now be back to normal. Enjoy!