How to transfer internet explorer favorites to a new computer

Saving favourites on your Internet Explorer browser allows you to save pages to your menu, allowing you to access pages you have saved with a single click. You can save any number of pages, organise them, place them in categories/folders and more. These favourites, or bookmarks, are saved on your computer so they can be used whenever you open your browser. This means that if you use another computer, you will not be able to access those favourites. However, there is a relatively straightforward method you can use to quickly transfer your favourites to any other computer you use.

Insert a flash drive or other form of portable, writable media into your computer. This is what you will use to transfer your favourites to another computer.

Click "Start," then "Run." In the box that appears, type "favorites" without quotes, then click "OK."

Press your "Ctrl" and "A" keys simultaneously to select all the files in that folder. Alternatively, you can left click and drag over the files, or click "Edit" and "Select All." It is important that every single file in this folder is selected.

Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys simultaneously to copy all the files in the favourites folder. Alternatively, click "Edit," then "Copy."

Open "My Computer" and double-click on the portable media you've inserted to open its window. You will be copying the favourites files onto this device. Click "Edit" click "Paste," or press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys to make a copy of your favourites files onto your device.

Eject your device and plug it into the computer on which you want to transfer the new favourites. Perform the process above to open your favourites folder on the second computer. Also open your portable media device, as you will need to transfer the files from the device to your computer.

Select all the files on your flash drive that you copied onto it from your first computer, click "Edit" and "Copy," then move to the favourites folder on your second computer. Click "Edit," then "Paste" to place them all on your computer. You will now be able to access these favourites on your second computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Flash drive/portable media
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Based in California, James Wright has been writing since 1998. Wright's articles have been published on various websites with a focus on technical fields such as computers and the Internet, and were also featured in a now-retired publication for an online artistic community. Wright studied English, journalism, politics and psychology at Riverside Community College.