Exporting Internet Explorer Favorites

Backing up your favorites in Internet Explorer is a good idea. If the time ever comes when you need to reset your browser or transfer those favorites to another device, you’ll have them available. 

Fortunately, it’s a pretty simple process.

1. Launch Internet Explorer 10, click the “Favorites” button (it looks like a star), click the arrow next to “Add to Favorites” and choose “Import and Export” from the menu.

2. Click the “Export to a file”  button and then click “Next.”

3. Check the “Favorites” box to export only your favorites. If you also want to save your feeds and cookies, check the “Feeds” and “Cookies” boxes. Click “Next.”

4. Make sure the root folder – usually labeled “Favorites” — is selected and then click the “Next” button.

5. Click “Browse” and then type a name for the backup into the “File name” field and choose the folder where you want to save it. If you selected to also save your feeds and cookies, click “Next” twice to create two additional backup files — an OPML file and a TXT file — in the same folder. Click “Export” to export your favorites, cookies and feeds.

6. Click “Finish” to close the Import/Export Settings window. Now that you’ve saved your data, you can safely reset Internet Explorer 10.

~ Nick


5 thoughts on “Exporting Internet Explorer Favorites

  1. Once the files have been backed up, what are the steps to restore them following reset and restart? Would the saved file be better placed on the desktop or . . . ? I use Internet Explorer 11. Thank you.

  2. When trying to access my Google groups about four months or so ago, I initially received a notification from Google that my browser (currently IE 11 and previously IE’s 8 and 10) are/were not compatible with Google. My IE 8 had functioned without incident since its initial installation years before. Then, it began to allow access only intermittently and then, not at all. I have since upgraded to IE 10 and then to my current IE 11 without any change in my access to Google groups. I also cannot access Google Forum to find a possible answer to this problem (settings changes needed or . . . ?) because of the ‘noncompatible’ Google notification. I am receiving e-mail from my Google groups but I cannot access them. I have researched every means I could think of on the internet without success. Hopefully, I have been able to identify the problem in an understandable way. Thank you for your help.

  3. This article is all well and good but how does one backup IE 11?

    Without my knowledge, somehow or other I was upgraded to IE 11 and would now like to revert to IE 10 which did not give me any trouble.

    So, how do I backup IE 11, uninstall it and then install IE 10 with my favorites??

    Many thanks,

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