Transferring your favourites and e-mail addresses from one computer to another, from one e-mail account to another or from one browser to another is simple. Before you get started, you have to figure out what you are trying to accomplish because there are different ways of getting the job done depending on the purpose for the transfer. Importing files from one browser to another only transfers browser related information such as favourites and browsing history. Importing contacts from one e-mail account to another only transfers e-mail contact information such as e-mail addresses and names.
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Things you need
- 2 web browsers
- 2 e-mail accounts
Open the web browser that you want to transfer the information to. It doesn’t matter what web browser you use; they will all have the ability to import favourites from one browser to another.
Open up the import/export capabilities. Each browser has a different way of doing this. On Internet Explorer, click “Favorites,” then the arrow next to “Add to Favorites,” and then “Import and Export” from the drop-down menu that appears. On Google Chrome, click “Customize and control Google Chrome,” then “Options,” then “Personal stuff,” and finally “Import data from another browser…” On Firefox, click “Bookmarks,” then “Organize Bookmarks…,” then “Import and Backup,” and finally, “Import HTML” from the drop-down menu.
Select the option to import from another browser on the import wizard that appears if that selection is given to you. This selection is given on both Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Select the browser that you want to import the favourites from. Note that Firefox only allows you to transfer data directly from Opera or Internet Explorer; otherwise, the data has to be stored in your computer as an HTML file for it to be accepted by this browser. Note that Internet Explorer only lets you import data from Firefox or Safari. Note that Google Chrome only lets you import data from Internet Explorer, Firefox or the Google Toolbar.
Click “Import” and your favourites (bookmarks) will be transferred from the browser you selected to the browser you have open.
Open your favourite web browser and go to the email account that you want to import the email addresses from. Almost all free e-mail service providers will allow you to import and export contacts.
Log into your e-mail account.
Open your contact information. On Gmail, click “Contacts” on the right side of the screen. On Hotmail, click “Contact list” at the bottom left of the screen. On Yahoo, click “Contacts” on the left side of the screen.
Open the export wizard. On Gmail, click “Export” on the top-right of the screen. On Homail, click “Manage,” then “Export.” On Yahoo click “Tools,” then “Export.”
Export the files to your computer as a CSV (comma-separated values) file.
Go to the email account that you want to import the email addresses to.
Log into your e-mail account.
Open your contact information just like you did earlier.
Open the import wizard. The import wizard is opened similarly to the export wizard.
Click “Choose File” and browse your computer for the CSV file you created when you exported your contacts and then click “Open.” Your e-mail account will then take the CSV file and store it in your contacts list.
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