How to Find My Favorites on My Computer

By Candace Benson

You may have spent hours organizing your \"Favorites\" and creating a precise directory listing. Whether aiming to backup your \"Favorites\" folder as a precaution or manually installing your custom user files to a Windows custom installation, knowing how to find your \"Favorites\" on your computer can save you time and frustration.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows upgrade disk (Section 2)

Finding My Favorites

Step 1

Click the \"Start\" button.

Step 2

In the \"Start Search\" text field, type \"Favorites.\"

Step 3

Under Programs, you will find the Favorites folder. The Favorites Bar folder is located under Favorites and History. The Favorites folder will contain the contents of My Favorites. Click \"Favorites\" to open \"My Favorites.\"

Finding My Favorites After a Custom Installation

Step 1

Click \"Start\" after the Windows upgrade has finished.

Step 2

Type \"C:\\Windows.old\" in the \"Start Search\" text field.

Step 3

Click the \"C:\\Windows.old\" folder to open it.

Step 4

Open the \"Documents and Settings\" folder in the Windows Explorer window.

Step 5

Find the folder with your username. (For example, if you logged into Windows previously as \"JaneDoe,\" find the folder named \"JaneDoe.\") Open it.

Step 6

Click the \"Favorites\" folder. You have now located and opened your Favorites.

Tips & Warnings

  • Other browsers refer to stored websites as \"Bookmarks.\" If you are using Firefox, Opera or another browser, you will need to alter the search parameters to bookmark and to search for browser-related folders.
  • Import data to or export data from Internet Explorer quickly. Click File > Import and Export. Make your selection. Besides your Favorites, you also import or export RSS feeds and cookies.