Monday, April 23, 2012

Backup Your Bookmarks

I rely heavily on my bookmarks or favorites to keep track of the various websites I visit through the course of the day, week, month and even years!  I know I would be frustrated if I lost all those links. 

System crashes are less frequent but there is always that risk. It is time to consider backing up your bookmarks.  Let's go through some of the most popular browsers and how to preserve your favorites.


The majority of my readers are actually Firefox uses, which is not really the norm (Internet Explorer still is the most widely used browser), but it is here! 

  1. Click on the Bookmarks and in the dropdown, select "Show all bookmarks" (CTR/SHIFT/B)
  2. At the top of the page, you will see "Import and Backup". Select "Backup" from the dropdown.
  3. This will allow you to save the file. I recommend saving it with your documents which are usually the first directory to be backed up when you need to reconfigure your computer. You can also select "Export to HTML" which will allow you to create a webpage of all your links. 
Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer
  1. Click on the "Star" in the upper right hand corner and the bookmarks will open.
  2. Click the "Add to favorites" arrow  and select "Import and export..."
  3. Select "Export to a file".
  4. On the next screen, What would you like to export?, check "Favorites". click next.
  5. Click "Favorites" at the top and click next.
  6. Select where you want to store the file (it is an webpage html file). I recommend saving it in your documents. Click Export. 
  7. Click Finish.

  1. On the upper right corner click on the wrench icon.
  2. Select Bookmarks and then Bookmark Manager
  3. Click on "Organize" at the top of the Bookmark Manager and select "Export Bookmarks to HTML File". 
  4. Use the navigation to go to your documents. Click on the save button.  Your file will be saved as a webpage html document. ☺

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