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Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

How To Copy Your Bookmarks

Internet “bookmarks” (called “Favorites” in Internet Explorer) make it easy for you to return to a particular Web page. And if you’re like me, you have collected a few, and maybe even come to rely on them. It is much, much easier to pick a name from a list than it is to remember and type in a Website’s address!

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. In short, it makes a copy of your list, and saves it as a file.

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,

    Another needed tip for the everyday user… I am asked this question on many occasions. Now all I have to do is refer them to this article…

    Great Job!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      That reason is why I started this blog.. Instead of repeating myself, I could just copy>paste>send a URL!


      Comment by techpaul | September 1, 2009 | Reply

  2. I created short cut from C:/documents and settings/send to/desk top. I use this shortcut frequently as I have many helpful learning sites that have taken me from novice to power user.


    Comment by old salt Dana | September 4, 2009 | Reply

    • old salt Dana,
      First, let me offer my applause for your self-education program, and say that I hope I am one of those sites! Second, let me clarify a bit your tip for my readers.

      Windows stores your Favorites (bookmarks) in a folder named, oddly enough, “Favorites” (There is one in each User profile folder).
      The path is c:\Documents and Settings\user\Favorites.
      You can create a Desktop shortcut to this folder by clicking “My Computer” > Local drive (c:)> Documents and Settings > user.
      Right-click on the star-shaped “Favorites” folder and select “Send To” from the context menu. Then choose “Desktop (create shortcut)”.

      Thank you for sharing.


      Comment by techpaul | September 4, 2009 | Reply

  3. I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. :) I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Tony Brown


    Comment by Tony Brown | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the tip.

    Barbara Caldwell


    Comment by Barbara Caldwell | December 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Ms Caldwell,
      Glad I could help.


      Comment by techpaul | January 1, 2010 | Reply

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