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Transfering Favorites

Friday, November 12th, 2004 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Q:
Is there a way to transfer my Internet Explorer favorites to Netscape?

A:
Not only can you use this tip to update and share bookmarks/favorites between Internet Explorer and Netscape, you can also use it to export your NS bookmarks to IE and vice-versa. I suppose you could even use it to share them with your other computers or friends. That’s right… three tips for the price of one!

To Export Internet Explorer Favorites

Go to the File menu and click Import/Export . The Wizard will help guide you through the process.

Choose “Export Favorites” and click Next .

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Choose the folder you want to export, or click the top folder “Favorites” to send them all. Specify the destination for your favorites file. I suggest that you send it to your “My Documents” folder and call it “favorites.htm” to help distinguish it from your Netscape bookmarks file.

To Export Netscape Bookmarks

Open the Bookmarks menu and choose Manage Bookmarks . In your Bookmarks window, open the Tools menu, and choose Export .

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In the “Export bookmark file” box, choose a destination folder for your “bookmarks.html” file to go. I suggest putting it in “My Documents”. Click Save.

To Import Netscape Bookmarks in Explorer

Go to the File menu and click Import/Export . Choose “Import Favorites”. If the Netscape “bookmark.html” file you just created is not in the box, you will need to browse for it (now you know why I told you to put it in “My Documents”).

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Next, you can choose where you want it to go. You can put it in a folder, or just dump it in Favorites and sort it all out later. Click Finish .

To Import Explorer Favorites in Netscape:

Open the Bookmarks menu and choose Manage Bookmarks . In your Bookmarks window, open the Tools menu and choose Import .

In the “Import bookmark file” box, locate and select the bookmark file you want to import (remember, we named it “favorites” and put it in “My Documents”).

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Click Open and it saves all the links in your Bookmark file. You can sort them out from there.

Now you have the power to synchronize your favorites and your bookmarks. Since you have a bookmark file created, you can even send it as an email attachment to friends or save it on a disk to install on another computer. Pretty cool huh!

~David

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