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I'm using three Ubuntu systems in an irregular pattern, and since I use Chrome/Chromium anyway and have a Google account, I decided to make my life a bit easier and sync them.

Now I am having a problem: When I want to remove bookmarks from my lists, they not only come back when I switch the machine, they double. By now, I have up to ten identical bookmarks in the list and I spend a lot of time scrolling over them.

Is there any way to remove them permanently?

EDIT: Apps, too.

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I have the same problem in google chrome! – Alvar Mar 28 '12 at 8:53
I don't think my answer deserves to be accepted. Better answers came in after mine, I suggest to kindly review them and accept something else. – janos Jun 10 at 19:21
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You can select what to sync and what not. For example you can disable sync for bookmarks and apps but keep it enabled for autofill and themes. It is in Settings / Personal Stuff / Advanced... (the button is near the top, next to "Disconnect Your Google Account")

After this if you remove your bookmarks I suppose they should not come back.

I hope this helps.

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I dont like this answer, cant see how it was accepted one. We're here for sync(for bm's), disabling it is not what I want atleast. SO for me, I get issues all the time when i delete bookmarks, are those sync deleted or not? I have dups show up all the time and i want them sync deleted once and for all. Trying to figure that part out. I though thats what this post initially set out to ask.. – Brian Thomas Jun 10 at 18:42
@BrianThomas I agree with you and upvoted your answer. I wish OP will unaccept this so I can delete it. – janos Jun 10 at 19:19
Well i would think you dont't need to delete it, it might work for others :-) It just boils back to the ole accepted answer syndrome, where the highest voted is Not really always what you want. Hence, why i suggested they take the big bold green off it, and or atleast add a big bold blue next to the highest voted, etc.. i put in that suggestion, and it got stalled. – Brian Thomas Jun 10 at 19:40

Actually, after looking at several responses via Google searches and spending hours looking at my problem with imported bookmarks creating one folder per website I had in my bookmarks, it appears I finally fixed the problem. Here's what I did to fix it. Hope it works for you as well and saves you some time looking for a solution.

I am using Windows 7 OS. Please note that these steps will delete ALL Google Chrome bookmarks from your browser. Then, you will import from IE (or whatever browser you choose) so you have a clean copy without duplicate bookmarks being shown in Chrome. Please note the steps are easy. I just broke them down to be very specific and clear in several steps for better results.

If you have more than one computer with this problem, then do these steps on all computers at the same time. Otherwise, bookmarks on one computer will mess up the others when you Sign in to Chrome (and you'll have duplicates again).

1) Go to the Chrome menu, using the icon in the upper right corner, and select Settings. In the Sign In section, click on the "Google Dashboard" link.

2) On the Google Dashboard screen, press the "Stop and Clear" button, then confirm by selecting "OK" on the next window.

3) After the Google Dashboard clear is complete, on the Settings screen, press the "Disconnect your Google Account..." button. Then, confirm with "Disconnect account" on the next window.

4) Exit out of ALL Chrome browser windows.

5) Go to your C: Drive and search for "Bookmarks" in the Search field.

6) Right click on the result that says "C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" and select the "Open File Location" menu item.

7) Delete the Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak files.

8) Open a Chrome browser window. You will notice there are no bookmarks, but there is a link at the top stating that you can Import your bookmarks. Click on that link and follow the prompts to import from whatever browser window you choose. Your bookmarks will be shown once they have all been imported.

9) On the Settings screen, press the "Sign in to Chrome" button, then enter your Google email and password. Then, confirm with "OK, sync everything" on the next window.

10) There you go... Now the bookmarks should be correct and they are now uploaded to your Google Account for easy syncing to other computers. You may want to turn off syncing temporarily or permanently to preserve your bookmark list.

Enjoy your day. I know I will now that I finally figured this out!

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But wouldn't that mean I'd have to do that all over every time I want to remove just a single bookmark from my synced list? – Lambda Dusk Nov 18 '12 at 9:32
Ok, i like this response better, essentially this means to me, i can skip the deleting bookmarks since i just cleaned them up for the umpteenth time, and want those synced. So step 2 is what i needed. i can pretty much skip 4,5,6,7,8 and just resign in, or toggle sync back off/on or something, so it syncs up the bookmarks FROM this browser. Shit, now that means in my other systems when i open chrome i need to immediately sign out, DELETE all bookmarks, then sign back in to sync. thats the only way this will work from the way i see. – Brian Thomas Jun 10 at 18:48

Ok i have a solution for this, its 2016 now, things have changed.

1) Open your Master Chrome browser that you have all dialed in the way you like.

  • open settings
  • in the Sign In section, click on the "Google Dashboard" link.

2) On the Google Dashboard screen

  • press "Reset Sync"
  • "OK" to confirm

3) After the Google Dashboard clear is complete

  • open settings
  • press "Disconnect" your account, if it isnt already
  • close and reopen browser
  • sign back in
  • turn sync on, and adjust


Now you need to go to any other devices browser that uses this account and carefully do the following IMMEDIATELY as you open them(could be 6 months from now? have to remember, or do it now):

  • open settings
  • sign out
  • do one of the following
  • clear all bookmarks
  • or Reset settings, depending on if your also having theme issues, etc.. Resetting will make sure ALL settings are synced exactly.
  • sign back in
  • turn on sync it will bring your master copy down to it.
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What I understood is ---

1st step: Go to -->Customize and control Chromium--> Preferences--> from one machine "disconnect your Google account"--> Again "Customize and control Chromium"-->Bookmarks--> Bookmark Manager--Manage sites.

2nd Step: For other machine do not disconnect your Google account. Go to -->Customize and control Chromium-->Bookmarks--> Bookmark Manager--Manage sites.

Or Disconnect your Google account from both the machine then Go to --> Customize and control Chromium-->Bookmarks--> Bookmark Manager--Manage sites--> Delete all the sites.

Hope this will help you. Thanks.

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Actually to make it easier, you could just follow these 3 easy steps.

  1. Go to the top right corner of your chrome and click on the 3 dashes

  2. Click on settings

  3. Then scroll down and click manage search engines, go to all the ones you want to get rid of and on the right side should appear an X when you highlight the tabs you don't want.

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