How to backup and restore my Favorites or Bookmarks

BookmarkAlthough there are several third-party software programs that allow you to backup, restore, and manage your Internet browser bookmarks or favorites, all modern browsers include bookmark managers capable of backup (export) and restoration (import). The following section has a listing of each of the major browsers and how to backup and recover your Internet bookmarks or favorites.

Tip: If you've considered moving from one browser to another, you can often backup your bookmarks in one browser and then follow the below restore tips to import those bookmarks into your new browser.

Microsoft Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Netscape
Opera

Internet ExplorerMicrosoft Internet Explorer

Note: By default, Microsoft Internet Explorer saves your bookmarks to a file named bookmark.htm.

Internet Explorer versions 5.0 to 8 users backing up favorites

  1. Within Internet Explorer, click the File menu and Import and Export.
  2. Within the Import and Export window click Next.
  3. Click Export Favorites and click Next.
  4. Select the folder you want to backup; if you want to backup all favorites, leave the Favorites folder highlighted and click Next.
  5. Select the destination where you want to save your favorites and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.

Internet Explorer versions 5.0 to 8 recovering backup files from an Internet Explorer or Netscape backup

  1. Within Internet Explorer, click the File menu and Import and Export.
  2. Within the Import and Export window click Next.
  3. Click Import Favorites and click Next.
  4. Select the location that contains your favorites and click Next.
  5. Select where you want to save your favorites and click Next.
  6. Click Finish.

Internet Explorer versions 9 and above users backing up favorites

  1. Click the Favorites icon Internet Explorer Favorites icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Click the down arrow next to Add to favorites (or press Alt+Z on your keyboard as a shortcut).
  3. Select Import and export in the pop-up menu.
  4. In the Import/Export Settings window, select Export to a file and click Next.
  5. Check the box for Favorites and click Next.
  6. Select the folder of favorites you want to export and click Next.
  7. Click the Browse button to select where to save the favorites file on your computer and click OK.
  8. Click the Export button to backup the favorites, then click Finish.

Internet Explorer versions 9 and above restoring favorites with a backup file

  1. Click the Favorites icon Internet Explorer Favorites icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Click the down arrow next to Add to favorites (or press Alt+Z on your keyboard as a shortcut).
  3. Select Import and export in the pop-up menu.
  4. In the Import/Export Settings window, select Import from a file and click Next.
  5. Check the box for Favorites and click Next.
  6. Click the Browse button to find and select the backup favorites file on your computer and click OK.
  7. Select a favorites folder to import the backup favorites into.
  8. Click the Import button to restore the favorites, then click Finish.

Internet Explorer versions 9 and above importing favorites from another browser

  1. Click the Favorites icon Internet Explorer Favorites icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Click the down arrow next to Add to favorites (or press Alt+Z on your keyboard as a shortcut).
  3. Select Import and export in the pop-up menu.
  4. In the Import/Export Settings window, select Import from another browser and click Next.
  5. Check the box for the browser you want to import favorites from.
  6. Click the Import button to import the favorites, then click Finish.

Tip: Importing favorites from another browser will place those favorites in a folder named Other bookmarks within the Favorites list.

ChromeGoogle Chrome

Note: Chrome is unique in that all of your settings and bookmarks are tied to your Google Account and backed up automatically.

How to backup and restore bookmarks in Google Chrome with Google account

  1. Open the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar by clicking the Chrome Settings button Chrome Settings button.
  2. Select Sign in to Chrome.
  3. Enter your Google Account information.
  4. All of your settings and bookmarks should be loaded.

Backup and restore bookmarks in Google Chrome with Bookmark Manager

To backup (export) Chrome bookmarks, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome Settings button Chrome Settings button in the upper right corner to open the Chrome menu.
  2. In the menu, select Bookmarks, then Bookmark Manager.
  3. On the Bookmark Manager tab, click the gear icon Chrome Bookmarks gear icon towards the upper right
  4. Select Export bookmarks in the pop-up menu and save the exported bookmarks file to your computer.

To restore (import) bookmarks in Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Chrome Settings button Chrome Settings button in the upper right corner to open the Chrome menu.
  2. In the menu, select Bookmarks, then Bookmark Manager.
  3. On the Bookmark Manager tab, click the gear icon Chrome Bookmarks gear icon towards the upper right
  4. Select Import bookmarks in the pop-up menu, locate the file containing the Chrome bookmarks and click OK to import the bookmarks.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox

Recent versions of Firefox backup

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the Bookmarks icon Firefox Bookmarks icon and then Show All Bookmarks.
  3. In the Library window, click Import and Backup
  4. Click Export Bookmarks to HTML or click Backup. We recommend exporting to HTML since all browsers support the ability to read these files.
  5. Select where you want to save the exported bookmarks file to, enter the name of the file (if you want to name it something other than the default filename) and then click the Save button.

Recovering bookmarks in recent versions of Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the Bookmarks icon Firefox Bookmarks icon and then Show All Bookmarks.
  3. In the Library window, click Import and Backup
  4. If the file is a JSON file, click Restore and Choose File. If the file is a .HTM/.HTML file or other browser file click Import Bookmarks from HTML and follow the import wizard.

Previous versions of Firefox backup

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click Bookmarks and then Organize Bookmarks.
  3. Click Export HTML or Click Import and Backup, and then Backup. We suggest Exporting to HTML since all browsers support the ability to read these files.
  4. Type the filename you want to save the file as and the destination and then click the Save button.

Recovering favorites in previous versions of Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click Bookmarks and then Organize Bookmarks.
  3. Click Import and Backup.
  4. If the file is a JSON file click Restore and choose File. If the file is a .HTM/.HTML file or other browser file click Import HTML and follow the import wizard.

Other versions of Firefox backup

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click Bookmarks and then Manage Bookmarks.
  3. In the Bookmarks Manager window click File and choose Export.
  4. By default, your bookmarks file will be called bookmarks.html. Choose the location in which you want to save the bookmarks file and click the Save button.

NetscapeNetscape

Note: By default, Netscape saves your bookmarks as bookmarks.html.

Netscape Communicator and Netscape 7.0 and above users backing up bookmarks

  1. Within Netscape, click Bookmarks and "Manage Bookmarks..." or CTRL+B.
  2. Within the Bookmark manager click Tools, then Export.
  3. Select the location where you want to export the file and click OK.

Netscape Communicator and Netscape 7.0 and above users recovering backup files from Netscape backup or Internet Explorer.

  1. Within Netscape, click Bookmarks and "Manage Bookmarks..." or CTRL+B.
  2. Within the Bookmark manager click Tools, then Import.
  3. Select the file you want to Import and click Open.

OperaOpera

Note: By default, Opera saves your bookmarks as Opera6.adr. If you aren't running version six, this filename may change.

Opera users backing up your bookmarks

  1. Within Opera, click the File menu, then Export.
  2. Select the destination to where you want to save the backup of your favorites and click Save.

Opera users recovering a backup of your bookmarks.

  1. Within Opera, click the File menu and Import.
  2. Select "Opera bookmarks", "Netscape bookmarks", or "Internet Explorer favorites" depending on which bookmarks or favorites you want to recover.
  3. Select the file or folder you want to recover.
  4. Click OK.

Additional information

  • See our bookmark and favorite definitions for further information and related links.