Several readers provided suggestions about my recent article Saving Bookmarks and Favorites for Portable Use with Other Computers…
For my use, I have installed a Firefox add-on called "PlainOldFavorites". It allows FF to use IE "Favorites". IE Favorites are simply "shortcut" files, 1 per link. I have several thousand, so I have them organized into folders.
When I want to carry my favorites to another computer, I simply run a batch file that copies the favorites from my computer to a USB. Then I can use them directly from the USB for "one-time" use or copy them up to my School/Work PC (again via a batch file)
ie. USB to a PC:
xcopy "f:\favorites\*.*" "C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Favorites\*.*" /e /y
You can put all of the required commands into a single file and select the right one using DOS command LABELS (:END) and DOS IF and DOS GOTO commands by passing DOS parameters in from the commandline/shortcut ie http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/server-management/how-do-i-pass-parameters-to-a-batch-file-.aspx
Subscriber Philip Lang wrote:
Why not just take a copy of Firefox portable set up with the needed bookmarks along on a flash drive? It still seems much easier to just sync all of the bookmarks using the Xmarks addon, though.
Subscriber Ron Spruill wrote:
Xmarks is a good application for this. Xmarks is cross platform. Xmarks runs on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.
There is an application for IE, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
It will not do exactly what you want, but close.
Thanks to Rohn, Ron and Philip for the comments and suggestions. Many of us want to take our carefully created set of bookmarks with us on a flash drive, so we can use them whenever we need.
I carry a copy of my bookmarks on anImation Clip USB Flash Drive that’s clipped to my keyring.
That way, they’re always available when I want them.