Back Up Your Internet Explorer Favorites

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. I always back up all my files. However, I can’t figure out a way to back up my Internet Explorer Favorites list. And that worries me because it’s taken me years to collect all those url addresses and I’d hate to lose them. In fact, when I upgrade the operating system, I want to be sure they are safe. Any ideas?

A. Yes, there is a way to back them up and it’s quite easy. Follow these steps: Open Internet Explorer and click on File and then on Import and Export . That brings up the Import/Export Wizard (see right). The export command, in this case, means you will be copying your favorite Internet addresses and exporting them to a new location, which can be on your hard disk or a removable disk.

Then click on Next , which gives you a choice of importing or exporting either Favorites or Cookies (see below). Select Export Favorites and click on Next .

That, in turn, evokes a third wizard screen, which asks you which Favorites you want to export (see below).

Highlight the folder that contains your favorites (or the individual favorite). In this example, you can see that I gather my favorites in folders sorted by category. You can export only one folder or individual favorite at a time; to export all requires that you repeat the process for each folder. Then click on Next , and that brings up a fourth screen, which asks you where you want to save the exported folder.

If you don’t like the default location, either change it in the address box or click on Browse and pick a new address.

Do you have a technology question for this column? Or, after reading an answer, do you have a better solution? Send them to Senior Editor Stanley Zarowin via e-mail at zarowin@mindspring.com . We regret that we cannot answer letters individually. If a reader’s question is deemed to have sufficiently broad interest, we will answer it in a forthcoming Technology Q&A column.

—The editors

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