How to Copy IE Favorites to Another Machine

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How to Copy IE Favorites to Another Machine
Internet Explorer favourites copy easily to another computer. (notebook computer image by Lisa Eastman from Fotolia.com)

The favourites feature in Internet Explorer is a helpful way to keep track of all the websites you come across and need to easily access again. The import/export function allows you to copy your favourites from one machine to another. Although the various versions of IE have slightly different directions, Internet Explorer guides you through the necessary steps to import and export all your favourites.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rewriteable CD or USB flash drive

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Instructions

    Internet Explorer 8

  1. 1

    Open "Internet Explorer." Select "Favorites."

  2. 2

    Scroll to and click on "Add to Favorites."

  3. 3

    Select "Import and Export."

  4. 4

    Click on "Export to a file" in the popup box, then select "Next."

  5. 5

    Check the "Favorites" box and hit "Next."

  6. 6

    Choose the favourites you want to copy and then click "Next."

  7. 7

    Choose a file name and where you want to save the file. IE automatically names the file "bookmark.htm" and saves it to your Documents folder. If you are fine with that, there is no need to name the file and change the save location.

  8. 8

    Select "Export."

  9. 9

    Select "Finish."

  10. 10

    Save the file on a CD or a USB flash drive.

  11. 11

    Insert the CD or USB flash drive with the favourites file into the second computer.

  12. 12

    Open "Internet Explorer" on the second computer.

  13. 13

    Scroll to and click on "Add to Favorites."

  14. 14

    Select "Import and Export."

  15. 15

    Click on "Import from a file" in the popup box, then select "Next."

  16. 16

    Check the "Favorites" box and hit "Next."

  17. 17

    Choose the file that has your saved favourites. If you saved it under a name other than "bookmark.htm," choose the "Browse" button to find the file name.

  18. 18

    Choose where you want your file to be saved and select "Import."

  19. 19

    Select "Finish."

    Internet Explorer 7

  1. 1

    Open "Internet Explorer." Choose the "Add to Favorites" button.

  2. 2

    Select "Import and Export."

  3. 3

    Click "Next" in the Import/Export Wizard.

  4. 4

    Click on "Export Favorites" and select "Next."

  5. 5

    Choose the favourites you want to export and click "Next."

  6. 6

    Choose a file name and where you want to save the file. IE automatically names the file "bookmark.htm" and saves it to your Documents folder. If you are fine with that, there is no need to name the file and change the save location.

  7. 7

    Select "Next."

  8. 8

    Click on "Finish."

  9. 9

    Save the file on a CD or a USB flash drive.

  10. 10

    Insert the CD or USB flash drive with the favourites file into the second computer.

  11. 11

    Open "Internet Explorer" on the second computer.

  12. 12

    Choose the "Add to Favorites" button.

  13. 13

    Select "Import and Export."

  14. 14

    Click "Next" in the Import/Export Wizard.

  15. 15

    Click on "Import Favorites" and select "Next."

  16. 16

    Choose the file that has your saved favourites. If you saved it under a name other than "bookmark.htm," choose the "Browse" button to find the file name.

  17. 17

    Choose where you want your file to be saved and select "Next."

  18. 18

    Select "Finish."

Tips and warnings

  • An alternative to saving the file to a CD or flash drive is e-mail. You can save the file and send it to yourself as an e-mail attachment. Open the email and the attachment on the new computer and save it. Then follow the rest of the steps.

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