How to Move Favorites to a Desktop

Links to your favorite websites are saved by your computer’s Web browsers. Shortcuts to your favorite files and frequently accessed Web pages are stored in the "Start" menu's “Favorites” folder. The process of moving a copy of your Web browser favorites from the browser to your desktop depends on the type of browser you are using.

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Use a browser's bookmark export feature to copy your "Favorites" to your desktop.

Firefox Favorites

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Launch the Firefox Web browser.

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Go to the “Bookmarks” menu. Select “Show All Bookmarks.” The “Library” dialog box will open.

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Open the “Import and Backup” menu. Click “Export HTML.” The “Export Bookmarks File” dialog box will open.

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Open the “Save In” drop-down menu. Select “Desktop.” Click “Save.” A copy of your Firefox bookmark favorites is now saved on the desktop.

Internet Explorer Favorites

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Launch the Internet Explorer Web browser.

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Go to the “File” menu. Select “Import and Export.” The “Import/Export” setting dialog box will open.

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Select “Export to File.” Click “Next.” Select “Favorites.” Click “Next.”

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Click on the “Favorites” folder. Click “Next.”

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Click “Browse.” Open the “Save In” drop-down menu. Select “Desktop.” Click “Save.” Click “Export.” A copy of your Internet Explorer bookmark favorites is now saved on the desktop.

Google Chrome Favorites

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Launch the Google Chrome Web browser.

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Open the tools menu by clicking the Wrench icon in the menu bar. Select “Book Manager.” The “Book Manager” dialog box will open.

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Go to the “Tools” drop-down menu. Select “Export Bookmarks.” A copy of your Google Chrome bookmark favorites is now saved on the desktop.

Start Menu Favorites

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Click the "Start" menu on the lower left side of your desktop. Select “Computer.”

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Click “Preload (C:)” in the console tree in the left-side window panel. Double-click the “Users” folder in the right-side window panel. Double-click on your user name folder.

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Right-click on the “Favorites” folder. Select “Copy” from the shortcut menu.

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Close the Windows Explorer window.

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Right-click on an empty area of the desktop. Select “Paste” from the shortcut menu. A copy of your "Start" menu favorites folder is now saved on your desktop.