Does anyone know how to import a favorites file into the new Internet Explorer 8, Chrome, etc?
I have my favorites in a file folder from a backup and want to put them into IE8 or Chrome. You used to be able to just copy and past the folder into your new computer, and I have done this before, but now all of the browsers seem to want a html file.
It appears that I could import each favorite at at time, but this would be very time consuming. I have tried the copy and paste that worked in the past, and the files show up on the computer, but not in IE8.
Sorry, I use Firefox pretty much exclusively.
On IE click on the star with the small plus sign on it on the upper left. That will give you a choice of; add to favorites, import and export and organize favorites.
Click on import and export and it gives you several choices. Click import favorites and it will let you import from a file location.
I have tried that, and that is where you get the import a html file. I guess the new Internet Exporer (7 & 8 I believe) lump all of your favorites into one file, similar to a pst file in Outlook. In the past, you used to be able to just copy and paste the file.
So, I just tried uninstalling IE 8 and going back to IE 6. What a pain! Every time I uninstalled it, it would require an automatic reboot. Then my automatic updates would kick in and install IE 7 again! I turned off the automatic updates, thinking this would fix it, but IE files remain and IE 6 won't install.
What a pain...
Let me wrack my brain a bit. I know it can be done because I was having the same problem. Somehow I remember I created the html file and it then imported fine.
....now if I can just overcome this case of CRS (can't remember shit) I'll tell you how I did it.
If Krazy Kat sees this he should be able to tell you in a jiffy.
Hey Lloyd, question. What browser were you using previously?
and what is the file extension of the backup file?
Well I was using IE 7. I copied the favorites file from a backup, and it consists of all of the favorites in individual files. They are html files. I do not have a file called favorites.html or bookmarks.html like IE wants you to have to import.
wowsers, I fixed it. I copied and pasted the contents of my backup folder everywhere I could imagine, but it wasn't enough.
I finally right clicked on a default favorite in the IE and clicked properties. I found out where the files are stored and did my copy paste routine again. It worked.
I should have did this in the first place....
Can you go to that file, click edit, select all and copy them to a new file and call it favorites.html?
Microsoft...Gotta love the "Features"! :)