If you have a habit of switching between multiple browsers when you surf the internet, then learning how to export or import bookmarks may be very helpful to you. That way, you will not have to note down every URL that you visit in a text file and paste it in the browser every time you change browsers. Thankfully, nowadays most browsers support some sort of process for exchanging bookmarks between one another. Let us discuss about how to export bookmarks between Internet Explorer and other browsers.

In Internet Explorer 5.0 or later versions, exporting bookmarks is very easy. Just follow the steps given below:

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to File menu at the top left corner of the browser window and select the option “Import and Export Wizard”.
  3. Click Next.
  4. You will get 4 options. Choose Export Favorites.
  5. Click on the button “Browse” in the same window and select the location where you want to export the bookmark file.
  6. Click the folder in your Favorites section that you want to export in the next window.
  7. Click on Next.
  8. In the next screen, click on Browse to point where you want to export the file.
  9. Click on Ok in the next screen to save the file.

Similarly, you can export your cookies. Cookies are small text files that contain information about how many times you have visited a website during a specific time period, how much time you spent surfing the website every time, and so on. These files are often suspected to have viruses, but that is entirely a myth. A cookie itself does not contain any virus on its own, but it can contain links to websites which contain spyware. Cookies can contain information about the passwords and account details you use in websites. The procedure of exporting cookies is similar to exporting Favorites.

Later, when you want to import the bookmarks or cookies into Internet Explorer, do the following:

  1. Start Internet Explorer and open the Import and Export Wizard using the File menu.
  2. Click Next.
  3. In the next window, choose the relevant import option (cookies or favorites)
  4. Choose the folder (where the file to be imported is located) in the next window and click OK.

This procedure can also work if you want to import bookmarks from another browser to Internet Explorer. Simply follow the above process and you will do just fine.

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