How to backup and restore my Favorites or Bookmarks

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

BookmarkThere are several third-party software programs that allow you to backup, restore, and manage your Internet browser bookmarks or favorites. However, 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 bring them into your new browser.

ChromeMicrosoft Edge

How to backup your favorites in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E).
  2. Type the following into the bar at the top of the screen and then press Enter:

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default

  1. Copy the DataStore folder and paste or move it to a safe location (e.g. a USB drive).

How to restore your favorites in Microsoft Edge

  1. If the Microsoft Edge browser is open, close it.
  2. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E).
  3. Type the following into the bar at the top of the screen and then press Enter:

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default

  1. Locate the backup copy of the DataStore folder you created earlier (discussed in step three in the previous section).
  2. Copy the DataStore folder and paste or move it over the folder listed under step three.
  3. If a window appears that says Replace or Skip Files, choose Replace the files in the destination.
  4. Your bookmarks should be restored next time you open Microsoft Edge.

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 2 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 3 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 of where you are importing your favorites.
  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.

Chrome 2Google 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 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 into 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 2 in the upper right corner to open the Chrome menu.
  2. In the menu, select Bookmarks, then Bookmark Manager.
  3. Select the folder from which you'd like to save your bookmarks.
  4. Click the down arrow next to Organize.
  5. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Export bookmarks to HTML file.
  6. Save the exported bookmarks HTML file to online storage or a USB drive.

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

  1. Click the Chrome Settings button Chrome Settings button 3 in the upper right corner to open the Chrome menu.
  2. In the menu, select Bookmarks, then Bookmark Manager.
  3. Select the folder into which you'd like to restore your bookmarks.
  4. Click the down arrow next to Organize.
  5. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Import bookmarks from HTML file.
  6. Browse to where your bookmarks HTML file is saved (online storage USB drive).
  7. Select the file and then click Open.

FirefoxMozilla Firefox

Backing up bookmarks in recent versions of Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the Bookmarks icon Show bookmarks in Firefox. and then Show All Bookmarks.
  3. In the Library window, under the All Bookmarks section, select which set of bookmarks you'd like to back up.
  4. At the top of the window, click Import and Backup.
  5. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Export bookmarks to HTML.
  6. Save the exported bookmarks HTML file to online storage or a USB drive.

Recovering bookmarks in recent versions of Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Click the Bookmarks icon Show bookmarks in Firefox 2 and then Show All Bookmarks.
  3. In the Library window, under the All Bookmarks section, select which set of bookmarks you'd like to back up.
  4. At the top of the window, click Import and Backup.
  5. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Import bookmarks from HTML.
  6. Browse to where your bookmarks HTML file is saved (online storage or USB drive).
  7. Select the file and then click Open.

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 file name 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.

OperaOpera

How to backup your favorites in Opera

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E).
  2. Type the following into the bar at the top of the screen and then press Enter:

Note: In the following Explorer address, you'll need to put in your computer's username (where the example says "gopla").

C:\Users\gopla\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software

  1. Copy the Opera Stable folder and paste or move it to a safe location (e.g. a thumb drive).

How to restore your favorites in Opera

  1. If the Opera browser is open, close it.
  2. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E).
  3. Type the following into the bar at the top of the screen and then press Enter:

Note: In the following Explorer address, you'll need to put in your computer's username (where the example says "gopla").

C:\Users\gopla\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software

  1. Locate the backup copy of the DataStore folder you created earlier (discussed in step three in the previous section).
  2. Copy the Opera Stable folder and paste or move it over the folder listed under step three.
  3. If a window appears that says Replace or Skip Files, choose Replace the files in the destination.
  4. Your bookmarks should be restored next time you open Opera.

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.

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