Reorganize / Backup Favorites in Internet Explorer?

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Infopackets Reader Patricia A. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

I really enjoy reading your newsletter, and was wondering if you can help me. I have so many Favorites (bookmarks) in my Internet Explorer that my list is getting out of control. Is there any way I can transfer them somewhere or clean up the list some how? "

My response:

Absolutely! To backup your favorites, you will have to transfer (export) them to a separate file so that you can store it / access it at a later time. Note that exporting your favorites will not remove them from your favorites list in Internet Explorer -- so you will have to erase / sort / or organize your favorites afterward.

To export your favorites:

  1. Load Internet Explorer
  2. Click File -> Import and Export -> Next -> Export Favorites
  3. Save to a folder / drive letter

To locate your Favorites (for Windows 2000 and XP):

  1. Click Start -> run
  2. Type in "favorites" (no quotes), and press Enter

For Windows 95, 98, and ME, the favorites are located in the C:\Windows\Favorites folder, which is accessible from My Computer on the Desktop.

Once your favorites are listed on the screen in an Explorer window, simply use your mouse to arrange your favorites (using cut and paste) and to create new sub folders.

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