Recover Orphaned Internet Explorer Favorites


How can I locate my Internet Explorer Favorites?


This question was answered on August 18, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

One of the biggest causes for hesitation in buying a new computer is the thought of having to reconfigure it they way you’re use to, and getting all of your data from here to there Most of us won’t miss our Word documents, pictures, and e-mails, but the Internet Explorer favorites are often forgotten If you’re like me, you’ve accumulated dozens of favorites that help you keep track of all the great sites you’ve discovered over the years Read on to learn how to find them and get them to a new computer or profile:

To transfer Favorites from one account or computer to another, you would normally just export them from their current location and import them into the new location However, since you no longer have access to the old account, you'll have to transfer these orphan Favorites physically It's easy enough Your current user account's Favorites should be found in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Favorites Launch IE, create an odd-named Favorite, and verify that it appears there Now launch Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder that contains the orphaned Favorites Select all of them, as well as any subfolders, and drag them to the current Favorites folder They should be available immediately in IE.

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on August 18, 2006