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 and restoration. 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 as bookmark.htm.

Internet Explorer 5.0 and above 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 5.0 and above 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.

ChromeGoogle Chrome

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

How to backup and restore bookmarks in Google Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar (the icon with three small lines next to the address bar).
  2. Select Sign in to Chrome.
  3. Enter your Google Account information.
  4. All of your settings and bookmarks should be loaded.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox

Recent 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 recent 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.