How to transfer bookmarks from one computer to another

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Many people carry bookmarks from one computer to the next, and have built and refined their saved web pages over several years. Most web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome refer to saved websites as "Bookmarks." Other browsers, such as Internet Explorer, refer to stored pages as "Favorites." Learn how to transfer bookmarks with Firefox and Internet Explorer, since they are the two most popular web browsers. If you use Chrome, Safari or Opera, please see "Resources" for help.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Writable external media (external hard drive, CD/DVD)

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Instructions

    Firefox

  1. 1

    Open Firefox and click on "Bookmarks" in the menu bar. Select "Organize Bookmarks."

  2. 2

    Click on "Import and Backup." Select "Backup."

  3. 3

    Navigate to the directory where you'd like to save the backed-up file. Firefox selects the desktop by default.

  4. 4

    Enter a name for the saved file such as "Bookmarks," or keep the default name.

  5. 5

    Click "Save."

  6. 6

    Copy the bookmarks backup to removable media (USB drive, external hard drive, CD/DVD).

  7. 7

    Insert the media into the second computer.

  8. 8

    Open Firefox on the second computer.

  9. 9

    Click on "Bookmarks" and select "Organize Bookmarks."

  10. 10

    Click on "Import and Backup." Select "Restore" and choose "Choose file."

  11. 11

    Navigate to the backedup bookmarks file and select it. Click "Open."

  12. 12

    Click "OK" to replace your current bookmarks.

    Internet Explorer

  1. 1

    Open Internet Explorer and click on "File" in the menu bar. Select "Import and Export."

  2. 2

    Choose "Export to a file" and select "Next."

  3. 3

    Click on "Favorites" and choose "Next."

  4. 4

    Click "Browse" to navigate to the directory where you wish to save the backup. Enter a name for the file, then click on "Save."

  5. 5

    Click "Export" and select "Finish."

  6. 6

    Copy the bookmarks backup to removable media (USB drive, external hard drive, CD/DVD).

  7. 7

    Insert the media into the second computer.

  8. 8

    Open Internet Explorer on the second computer, click on "File" and choose "Import and Export."

  9. 9

    Choose "Import from a file," then click "Next."

  10. 10

    Tick "Favorites." Click "Next."

  11. 11

    Browse to the directory that contains your backed-up favourites or bookmarks. Select the file, click "Open" and choose "Next."

  12. 12

    Select the "Favorites" folder. Click "Import."

  13. 13

    Click "Finish."

Tips and warnings

  • You can also manually copy your profile folders. See MozillaZine's explanation about Profile folders and where they're located according to the operating system for Firefox.
  • For most browsers, you can choose "File" and "Import/Export" or "Manage Bookmarks" to copy and to restore bookmark files.
  • Some browsers feature add-ons or plug-ins that will automatically backup your bookmarks and other data.

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