How to Move Internet Explorer Favorites to a New Computer

By Tricia Goss

Internet Explorer Favorites are stored files containing links and names of your favorite web pages, allowing you to find those pages quickly and easily. If you purchase a new computer, or perhaps you work on two different computers, you can move your favorites from the first computer to the second. First, you must export your Favorites to a flash drive or CD, then you can import the Favorites onto your new computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Explorer 7 or 8
  • Removable media, such as a CD or flash drive

Export Internet Explorer Favorites

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer on the original computer from which you want to move your Favorites. Click the "Add to Favorites" button on the toolbar, then click "Import/Export." The "Import/Export Wizard" will begin.

Step 2

Click "Next," select "Export Favorites" and click "Next" again. Click on the "Favorites" folder at the top of the list and click "Next." Save the resulting "Bookmark" file to your desktop. Click "Next" then click "Finish." Close Internet Explorer.

Step 3

Insert the removable media into the computer. If it does not open automatically, click "Start," select "Computer" or "My Computer" and open the CD or flash drive.

Step 4

Click the "Restore Down" button at the top right of the window between the "Close" button and the "Minimize" button. This will allow you to view both the CD or flash drive folder and the desktop.

Step 5

Drag the "Bookmark" file into the CD or flash drive folder to copy it. Remove the CD or flash drive when the copying is complete.

Import Internet Explorer Favorites

Step 1

Open Internet Explorer on the new computer. Insert the removable media that contains the Favorites file.

Step 2

Click the "Add to Favorites" button on the toolbar and then click "Import/Export." The "Import/Export Wizard" will begin.

Step 3

Click "Next" to start the wizard. Select "Import Favorites" and click "Next."

Step 4

Click the "Browse" button. Find the removable media and click "Open."

Step 5

Click "Next" then click "Finish."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can share favorites between computers running different versions of Internet Explorer.