Back Up and Restore Internet Explorer Favorites or Bookmarks

Posted July 4, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Windows

For most users, items saved as IE Favorites are indispensable. If you were to lose them, you would lose valuable information that would be difficult to replace. Here is how to back them up and restore them so that you never have to face such a dilemma.

I back up and restore my Internet Explorer Favorites to all the computers I routinely use.

If your computer were to crash, are you worried about losing all your bookmarks? Would you like to export your IE Favorites so that you can keep them on an USB drive to use at any time on any computer anywhere?

How to Export or Back Up Your Favorites:

    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. Click File menu.
    3. Select Import and Export.
    4. Click Next.
    5. Select Export Favorites.
    6. Click Next.
    7. Select the folder to backup. Select Favorites if you wish to save them all.
    8. Select Export to File or Address.
    9. Browse to location where you want to save your Favorites.
    10. Click Next.
    11. Click Finish.

    Your Favorites/Bookmarks will be saved to an HTML document that can be viewed in any web browser. You can copy this file to another computer, a floppy drive, a CD-R, or a USB key. Email it to work, if you wish.

How to Import or Restore Your Favorites:

    1. Open IE.
    2. Click File menu.
    3. Select Import and Export.
    4. Select Next.
    5. Select Import Favorites.
    6. Select Import from File or Address.
    7. Navigate to the HTML document containing your favorites. By default this is named bookmark.htm.
    8. Select Next.
    9. Select the folder where the imported bookmarks should be placed.
    10. Select Next.
    11. Finish up the wizard.

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