How to Convert My Favorites on AOL to Internet Explorer

Written by robert kingsley
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A major problem to consider when leaving AOL is whether or not you'll be able to take your favourites with you. If you've used the service for a long time, the odds are that you have quite a collection of links to your favourite sites. Moving them manually would be tedious and is not an ideal way to handle the situation. The good news is you needn't worry because AOL has an export feature built into its Bookmarks Manager. You can save all of your favourite websites to an OPML file, which you can then import directly into Internet Explorer.

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  1. 1

    Log into AOL and click "Favorites." Select the "Bookmarks" tab and click "Export Bookmarks." You will notice that a file will download to your computer.

  2. 2

    Click "Save" when the download is complete. Browse to your desktop and type a name for your file. Click "Save" to leave the file there. This is the OPML file that contains links to all of your bookmarks.

  3. 3

    Launch Internet Explorer and click the "Favorites" button. It will look like a star. Click the down arrow next to "Add to favourites" to expand a menu. Click "Import and Export." Click "Import from a file" and click "Next."

  4. 4

    Click "Favorites" from the list of options and click "Next." Click "Browse" and navigate to the OPML file you saved on your desktop in Step 2. Click "Import," and IE will add all the links in the file to your list of favourites. Click "Finish" to close the Import window when the job is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • Your AOL bookmarks will lose their containing folders during the export. They will all be imported directly into the main bookmarks menu. You'll need to rename them.

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