Backup Favorites

Dear Computer Lady,

I am questioning you as to how to back up my “Favorites” I’ve never done it even though I lost everything when my hard drive crashed a few months ago. I now have an HP laptop with XP and should learn how to back up the favorites. I do backup my WORD and EXCEL files on CD, but not sure if that’s also the way to back up the favorites. I look forward to your free newsletter every week.

Richard in Rhode Island

Dear Richard,

It is quite easy to backup your favorites. Since you didn’t mention what version of Internet Explorer you are using, I am going to give you directions for version 6 first, and then for version 7.

For this example, we are going to save your favorites to a USB drive, also known as a data stick, or thumb drive. The first step in both methods, is to put your data stick in a USB port on your computer, then open up “My Computer” and you should see your data stick listed as a removable device. Make a note of the drive letter windows has assigned to the data stick, and close “My Computer”.

To Backup your Favorites in Internet Explorer 6, follow these directions:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Click on “File” in the menu bar, then click on “Import and Export…”

2. The Import/Export Wizard window will open. On the first page, click “Next”.

3. On the second page of the wizard, click on “Export Favorites” and then click “Next”.

4. On the third page of the wizard, click on the favorites folder to backup all your favorites, and click “Next”.

5. On the fourth page of the wizard, click on “Export to a file or address”, and then click on the “Browse” button.

6. In the browse window that appears, find the section at the very top of the window that says “Save in” and click on the down arrow to view the list of locations. Find your removable disk, and click on it to select it, then click on the “Save” button.

7. This will take you back to the fourth page of the wizard. Now all you have to do is click on “Next” and then in the last window of the wizard, click on “Finish”.

Your favorites will now be saved on your removable drive.

If you have upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, and are using Windows XP, use these directions:
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1. Open Internet Explorer 7. Your favorites are now accessed by clicking on a small yellow star in the upper left portion of the window. Click on the smaller yellow star that has a green cross over it. A menu will drop down, click on “Import and Export…” in that menu.

2. The Import/Export Wizard window will open. On the first page, click “Next”.

3. On the second page of the wizard, click on “Export Favorites” and then click “Next”.

4. On the third page of the wizard, click on the favorites folder to backup all your favorites, and click “Next”.

5. On the fourth page of the wizard, click on “Export to a file or address”, and then click on the “Browse” button.

6. In the browse window that appears, find the section at the very top of the window that says “Save in” and click on the down arrow to view the list of locations. Find your removable disk, and click on it to select it, then click on the “Save” button.

7. This will take you back to the fourth page of the wizard. Now all you have to do is click on “Next” and then in the last window of the wizard, click on “Finish”.

Your favorites will now be saved on your removable drive.

If you are using Internet Explorer 7 with Windows Vista, use these directions:
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1. Open Internet Explorer 7. Your favorites are accessed by clicking on a small yellow star in the upper left portion of the window. Click on the smaller yellow star that has a green cross over it. A menu will drop down, click on “Import and Export…” in that menu.

2. The Import/Export Wizard window will open. On the first page, click “Next”.

3. On the second page of the wizard, click on “Export Favorites” and then click “Next”.

4. On the third page of the wizard, click on the favorites folder to backup all your favorites, and click “Next”.

5. On the fourth page of the wizard, click on “Export to a file or address”, and then click on the “Browse” button.

6. In the “Select Bookmark File” window that opens, click on the button in the lower left hand corner that says “Browse Folders”.

7. If you don’t see your removable drive, or “Computer” listed in the left hand side of the window, click on “More” and you will see more choices. Click on “Computer” in that drop down list.

8. Scroll through the list of drives in the right hand side of the window, and click on your removable disk. Click “Open” and then “Save” in the lower right hand corner of the window.

9. This will take you back to the fourth page of the wizard. Now all you have to do is click on “Next” and then in the last window of the wizard, click on “Finish”.

Your favorites will now be saved on your removable drive.

Elizabeth

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    • alexnetherton
    • September 11, 2009

    You forgot to tell us how to do it in Firefox, which now has (according to some) a 20% market share. There is a service called “Xmarks”, http://www.xmarks.com that will backup your favorites online. I have had the joy of losing my bookmarks in the past. Not fun…

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