How to Move Your List of Favorites to a New Computer With a USB Drive

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Use a USB drive to convey your Favorites to another computer.

For many Internet Explorer users, the Favorites list is a valuable, personal commodity. You may have spent years accumulating the list of Favorites you use, and the idea of losing them when moving to a new computer is discouraging. But take heart, because Internet Explorer allows you to export your Favorites, so you can transfer them to your new computer. Once transferred, you need to import them into Internet Explorer on your new computer.


Step 1

Plug a USB flash drive into an available USB port on your computer. If an "Autorun" window pops up, just close it.

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Step 2

Open Internet Explorer. Click "File" in the top menu, and then "Import and Export..." If you cannot see the menu bar, press the "Alt" key.


Step 3

Click "Export to a file" in the initial "Import/Export Settings" window that appears, and click "Next."

Step 4

Check "Favorites" and click "Next."


Step 5

Click "Favorites" at the top of your Favorites list to move all of them. Alternatively, you can click to select any sub-folder to only move that one. Click "Next."

Step 6

Click "Browse...," click your USB flash drive letter from the page on the left, and click "Save."


Step 7

Click "Export" to export your Favorites to your flash drive. Click "Finish" to exit.

Step 8

Plug your USB flash drive into your new computer.

Step 9

Open Internet Explorer, click "File" and "Import and Export..."


Step 10

Click "Import from a file," and click "Next."

Step 11

Check "Favorites," and click "Next."

Step 12

Click "Browse," and double-click the "bookmark.htm" file on your USB flash drive. Click "Next."


Step 13

Click the folder you would like to import. If you wish to import all folders, click the top "Favorites" folder. Click "Import" to import your Favorites.