Taking Your Favorites With
(Paul W. 05/25/07)

      Carol Alexander asked if I could give a tip on how to take your Internet Explorer favorites with you when you move to a different computer (or get a new computer). Carol gets one of my virtual T-shirts. (It's actually more imaginary than virtual though.)
      Before you leave your old computer do this:
  • Open I.E. and click on File > Import and Export ...     This will open the Import and Export wizard.
  • Click on Next.
  • Pick the Export Favorites item in the list and then click on Next.
  • The next window will ask you to pick a folder. The default should be your whole Favorites folder. So that's probably what you want to pick. Click on Next.
  • The next window defaults to the "Export to a File or Address" with a very lengthy path ending in the file named "bookmark.htm". This is actually your "My Documents" folder. This may or may not be a good place to save your favorites. You want to make sure to save this "bookmark.htm" file somewhere where you can get it after you move. I would recommend you save it somewhere on your network if you are on one. If not on a network drive where you can get to it later, than maybe on a floppy disk or a memory stick. Or email it to yourself as an attachment. But do not save it on your local drive C: or D:. Once you leave your current computer, you've left that C: and D: drive.
  • Click on Finish.
  • When you get to your new computer open IE and go to File > Import ... again.
  • Click on Next
  • This time pick the Import Favorites and then Next.
  • Browse to where you put your "bookmark.htm" file and click Next a couple of times and then Finish.
    That should do it.