Internet Explorer Favorites – we don’t want to lose them…
This week, long-time subscriber E.J. wrote to ask:
Terry, can you tell me how to copy my favorites from Internet Explorer to my external hard drive.
That turns out to be a pretty easy task…
Internet Explorer "Favorites" are simply a set of shortcuts that are in a specific folder on your hard drive. Those particular shortcuts point to URL’s (web addresses) instead of pointing to programs to be run.
Depending on which version of Windows you have, it’s in a different (but related) place.
In Windows XP, you can find your Internet Explorer Favorites in:
C:\Documents & Settings\[yourUserID]\Favorites
In Windows 7, the Internet Explorer Favorites are stored in:
Using Windows Explorer, just right-click and drag the Favorites folder into the target folder on your external drive.
Not sure how to open Windows Explorer?
In Windows XP, right-click the Start Button and select Explore.
In Windows 7, right-click the Start Button and select Open Windows Explorer.
The above methods create shortcuts that you can use at any time. You could even copy them into your Favorites folder on another computer.
The other way to back up your Internet Explorer Favorites is to use the Import/Export function in Internet Explorer.
First, press and release the Alt key. This will make the Internet Explorer menu bar visible.
Then select File > Import and Export…
In the Import/Export Settings dialog box, click in the radio button selection beside Export To A File, then click the Next button.
On the "What would you like to export?" page, put a checkmark beside Favorites, and click Next.
Now select the folder of favorites that you want to export (I’d pick Favorites) and click Next.
Select the location to save the exported file, and click the Export button.