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How to Save My Favorites List

Updated April 17, 2017

There are many reasons why you might want to save your web browser's "Favorites" or "Bookmarks" list. By saving the list you give yourself a backup in the event that you experience a browser glitch which corrupts the list. Saving the list to an independent HTML file also gives you the option to import that list of favourites to an alternate web browser; or you could even e-mail the list to someone else. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to save your Favorites list, it's quite simple to do.

Launch the Internet Explorer web browser.

Go to the "File" menu and select "Import and Export" to open the "Import / Export Settings" dialogue box.

Select "Export to File" at the "How do you want to import or export your browser settings" prompt. Click "Next."

Put a check mark in the box next to "Favorites" at the "What would you like to export" prompt.

Click, to highlight, the main "Favorites" folder at the "Select the folder that you want to export your favourites from" prompt. By selecting the main "Favorites" folder you save all of your current favourite links. If you were to select one of the subfolders, located within the main Favorites folder, only the links contained within the selected subfolder would be saved.

Click "Next" to go to the "Where do you want to export your favourites" prompt. By default the file is set to save to "C:\Documents and Settings\USER_NAME\My Documents\bookmark.htm" (in XP) or C:\Documents\USER_NAME\My Documents\bookmark.htm (in Vista and 7). If you want to select an alternate directory, click the "Browse" button to navigate to that directory. Click "Export." Click "Finished."

Launch the Firefox web browser.

Go to the "Bookmarks" menu and select "Organize Bookmarks" to open the Library window.

Select "Export HTML" from the "Import and Backup" drop-down menu. The "Export Bookmarks File" save dialogue box will open.

Browse to the directory where you want to save the favourites list. Click "Save."

Launch the Google Chrome web browser.

Click the wrench icon and select "Book manager" to open the Book Manager dialogue box.

Open the "Tools" drop-down menu and select "Export bookmarks." By default the file will be saved to an HTML file called "Bookmarks" on the current user's desktop.

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About the Author

Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.