How to save, find & backup Favorites in Internet Explorer

Here are a few tips on how to find, save, import, export & backup Favorites or Bookmarks in Internet Explorer. To save a website as Favorite, simply click on the Star icon and add it to the desired folder.


Backup, export, import Favorites, Bookmarks, Settings in IE

In Internet Explorer saved web links are called “Favorites”. In Firefox or Chrome, they’re called “Bookmarks” – but basically, they mean the same thing.

To add it to the Favorites bar, click on the Star icon with the green arrow. It will create a bookmark for the current tab and place it on the Favorites tab. Rename them to what you wish.

The Favorites bar is the new name for the Links toolbar that was in previous versions of Internet Explorer. As before, you can drag web addresses from the Address bar to the Favorites bar, but now you can also drag links from web pages you are viewing.

You can also use the Favorites bar to monitor RSS feeds you’ve subscribed to, and to store your collection of WebSlices.

Where are favorites stored in Windows

Under Windows 10/8/7/Vista, Favorites are stored under C:/Users/Username/Favorites.

You can backup your browser settings, including Favorites/Bookmarks using the Import and Export wizard.

Open IE > File > Import and Export > Export > Next > Save in directory > Finish.

export favorites ie

The default file name is “bookmark.htm”.

You can import this favs file anytime back using the import option of the same wizard.

Also check out BackRex Internet Explorer Backup. It allows you to backup favorites, history, proxy settings, fonts, dialup accounts, autocomplete passwords and cookies.

See this post if Favorites are missing in Internet Explorer.

Posted by on , in Category Uncategorized with Tags
Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Alona Begay

    Hi! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the excellent work!

  2. 07734dan

    You are my HEROE!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 + 4 =