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How To Make A Copy Of Your Favorites List

Loyal readers of this site know that I am a huge fan of making backups of your digital stuff. Making a copy before you need it, and keeping it off to the side, makes bouncing back from “glitches” so much easier. And it prevents the anguish and frustration of “data loss”.
Backups are “good” and you want them.

Tip of the day: Today’s tip is a quick and simple action that “exports” a copy of your Internet “Favorites” (aka “bookmarks”) from Internet Explorer. You can then “import” the copy (copy back) at a later date, or transfer them into IE on a different machine.

1) Internet Explorer calls Website bookmarks “Favorites” and you access your list by clicking the gold star icon (upper left), and you add websites to your list by clicking on the icon right next to it — the gold star overlaid with the green + sign.
That is also the icon that manages your Favorites, so click that.


2) click on “Import and Export”.

3) Now a “wizard” will open and tell us how helpful it can be to us. Click “Next” to get to the actually helpful page.


4) Click on “Export Favorites”, and then click “Next” all the way through the wizard. Now you will have a file called “bookmark.htm” in your Documents folder — that is your backup copy.
[note: you can “browse” to a different Save location if you prefer.]

That’s it. You’re done. Now you can repeat this process but choose “Import” to copy it back into IE if you ever need to.. or transfer it to another machine’s Internet Explorer.

For more of my Internet Explorer tips, see Quick Tips for Internet Explorer.

Today’s free link: Firefox users interested in this type of ability will be interested to know that the process is almost identical to the steps above.. or they may be interested in a more comprehensive tool, The easy way to backup your Firefox profiles…

Today’s free download(s):
Today’s first free download is for Mozilla users and is contained in the link directly above.
For a truly comprehensive backup tool, see Backup, Backup, Backup With Free DriveImage XML

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  1. TechPaul,

    I’m telling you; YOU should write a instructional tech manual for the everyday computer user. Great post and I can see many people printing this one out.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | July 1, 2009 | Reply

    • You, sir, are a Gentleman and a Scholar, and I thank you.

      As you well know.. writing a daily article is hard work, and I simply don’t have the energy to compile the tips here into a book. (And besides.. I hear they have these For Dummies books that already fill that niche…)

      Folks, have you visited Professor Rick’s website? Take a look, will ‘ya? I am sure you’ll like what you see. What’s On My PC?


      Comment by techpaul | July 1, 2009 | Reply

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  3. All of my favorites on in Google Chrome…and I need to copy them so that they are not lost as many are points of reference and articles I need. How do I make a copy of them before I had my laptop over to the techs to get it cleaned out?


    Comment by Becky | December 26, 2014 | Reply

    • Becky,
      You don’t “copy” them, you “export to file” them, as this articles shows you how to do (you can then ‘copy’ that file to another location (a thumb drive/’memory stick’, say), and/or “import” it into another browser/computer).
      The Chrome specific steps are here:


      Comment by techpaul | December 26, 2014 | Reply

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