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How To Transfer Your Bookmarked Internet "Favorites"*

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.

Imp_Exp

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.

ExportWizard

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…

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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

* Orig post: 08/29/09


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May 13, 2010 - Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, how to, IE 7, ie 8, Internet, PC, thumb drives

4 Comments »

  1. Great walkthrough! A simple and easy way to make sure you aren’t losing your data, or an easy way to view your bookmarks on another computer.

    Cheers,
    Kyler
    IE Outreach Team

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    Comment by Kyler IE Team | May 14, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you, Kyler. Nice to see you here.

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      Comment by techpaul | May 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. Another interesting Posting that I did not read. It being the weekend, I’m catching up on a few days reading.

    Well, I guess it is never too late, because I need to organize my favorites,and here it tells me how to do it.

    Thanks Paul

    g.

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    Comment by Gaia | May 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      If one makes frequent use of bookmarks/favorites, then – yes – making a backup copy of the list is a good idea. Thank you for your support.

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      Comment by techpaul | May 16, 2010 | Reply


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