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Sorry to have to repeat myself, but time is rapidly running out and I need to figure out how to save my favorites list to a flash drive. I posted this questions once before, and got several replys, but they were for browsers other than what I use so it didn't help. I have IE. I forget the version number. And now I can't find my original post anywhere.

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I thought all web browsers had a way to export and import bookmarks, but after I saw your post, I checked in Internet Explorer, and it did not have the option built into the browser. I pressed Alt to make the menu bar visible, then went to the Favorites menu, and clicked Organize Favorites. That makes it possible to select one bookmark at a time, right-click on it, and copy it.However, there is a quicker way to accomplish a backup and restore of the bookmarks. When you go to the C drive in My Computer, go to the Users directory. Within the Users directory, there is a sub-directory for every user account that is on your system. If you do not remember your user name, press the Windows start key on your keyboard along with the R key on your keyboard to open up a dialog box to Run a command, and type cmd. This opens up a command prompt, that black window in Windows which has white text and looks like the archaic Microsoft DOS (or PC-DOS, or even Quick-DOS, for those of you who have been around that long), and look at the username there in the current path name after the Users directory. This is the directory name that you need to access from the My Computer view of the Users directory. So, when you enter that directory, there are a list of directories such as Desktop, Downloads, My Documents, and a couple of other directories. Double-click on the directory that reads Favorites and that directory should open up displaying all of your bookmarks from Internet Explorer. This directory can be copied and restores, as needed, for a backup and restore operation. It is possible to set up a script that can automatically copy this folder to a network shared drive whenever you start up your computer, so that you can achieve a kind of a synchronization between your computers.I hope this was not too late. You mentioned that time is running out, so perhaps you wanted to re-install Windows or format the hard drive of the computer that you were using, or you have a computer up for sale, or you were on a vacation and were using a buddy's computer and are headed out to the airport, and want to have your bookmarks with you. Whatever the case may be, I hope I posted this in time for you to be able to follow the instructions and make a copy of your bookmarks.

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Thanks, that was a very good explaination. Too late of course, but when I get home on my own computer I'm going to give that a try so I know how to do it next time. Thanks a lot. Appreciate the time you took to study this out.

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Well, finally home now, and I guess it was just as well I didn't have any more stuff to put on my sister in laws computer at any rate, man, does she ever need a new computer! Funny, I was cussing mine and seriously considering getting a new one before we went on vacation, but now mine seems great after using hers. Her computer does the STRANGEST things, for no apparent rhyme or reason. I could click on my hotmail page, and when it would load I would see my folders on the left side of the page, but my inbox wouldn't be there. I'd have to log out and then log in, and the second time I would finally see my entire page. And she has AOL, so even the interface was strange, and nothing seemed to work right. To make matters worse, she even has Vista. I didn't miss much about being away from home, and it almost pains me to admit this, but I sure did miss my own computer!

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Sorry to hear about your problems! If you haven't gotten your favorites saved yet, an easy method would probably be to install Firefox (it will allow you to import your favorites... and I think Chrome does too) and just export from there. It won't export in a method IE can read it, but if you choose to use FF or Chrome later on you can just re-import them.

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HEY SHEEPDOG!!!Firefox has an option to Export your Bookmarks as an HTML file which you could easily drag around on a Flash drive.The file can be accessed in your Browser by doing a File > Open and a list of all the links are there.Easy to use, just click on the link in the HTML page.And I am certain that Opera does the same thing. Probably all the current Browsers except IE.

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HEY SHEEPDOG!!!
Firefox has an option to Export your Bookmarks as an HTML file which you could easily drag around on a Flash drive.
The file can be accessed in your Browser by doing a File > Open and a list of all the links are there.
Easy to use, just click on the link in the HTML page.

And I am certain that Opera does the same thing. Probably all the current Browsers except IE.


I'm actually pretty surprised IE doesn't support things like that by default yet, especially with how long the other major browsers have. It just seems like a real fundamental part of backing up data and such.

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Good idea about different browsers, but only problem with that is I've used explorer for all my years on the computer, never used anything else, never even saw anything else, except maybe netscape on someone else's computer. I hate change. Really hate it. Especially with computers. Right now I can do explorer with my eyes closed, know where everything is and how it works. If I changed to some other one, I'd have to take the time to figure it all out again, and that would be a major hassel. I just want to do my thing on the computer, answer my emails, update my web site, visit Knowledgutra and get on with the rest of my life.

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