How To Import Or Export Bookmarks When Using Internet Explorer

Usually people like to choose one web browser and stick with it for a long time. However, if you feel like the latest update destroys your experience or you realise that another browser suits your needs better, you will probably want to change your browser. To make the passing from one browser to another a little bit easier, all the browsers we use today offer an option to import or export bookmarks. In this article we will share how to import or export your bookmarks when using the desktop version of Internet Explorer 11.

How To Open The Import/Export Settings Wizard In Internet Explorer

If you want to import or export your bookmarks in Internet Explorer 11, you have to use the Import/Export Settings wizard.

Obviously, you should first open Internet Explorer 11. If you don't know how to do this, please read the "How to Start Both Versions of Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1" section in this article: Set the Internet Explorer Version You Want as the Default in Windows 8.1.

Click the "View favorites, feeds, and history" icon (the little star), found on the top right corner of the Internet Explorer window. The Favorites Center is now opened.

Then, click the Down arrow found near the "Add to favorites" button.

Then, click "Import and export…".

The Import/Export Settings wizard is now started.

How To Import Favorites From Google Chrome To Internet Explorer

To import Favorites from another browser, open the Import/Export Settings wizard as shown earlier.

Then, choose "Import from another browser" and click Next.

You have to select from which browser you want to import bookmarks. Click the corresponding checkbox to select an item in the list and then click Import.

A confirmation message is shown, that the import was successful. Click Finish.

When using the Import/Export Settings wizard from Internet Explorer we were able to import our favorites only from Google Chrome. Even though we had other browsers installed like Opera and Firefox, this wizard did not detect them and did not allow us to import our favorites and other settings. Try it out and let us know whether you encounter the same limitation.

How To Import Favorites From A File To Internet Explorer

The best way to import your favorites from another browser into Internet Explorer is to have them exported into a file, from the browser you want to switch from.

Then, open Import/Export Settings wizard as shown earlier and choose "Import from a file". Then, click Next.

Now you get to choose the type of data that you want to import. To import your Favorites, check the corresponding checkbox and click Next.

You must choose the ".htm" file where you have stored your favorites from another browser. You can type it's path into the corresponding textbox or you can use the Browse button, look through your files and folders and select it. Then, click Next to go forward.

Select the Favorites folder from Internet Explorer where you will move all your imported favorites.

To finish the process, click the Import button.

A confirmation message is shown, telling you that the data was imported successfully. To close the window, click Finish.

How To Export Your Favorites To A File From Internet Explorer

You can choose to export your Favorites from Internet Explorer 11 to a file so that you can import them into another browser.

To do this, open the Import/Export Settings wizard as shown earlier in this article and choose "Export to a file". Click Next.

Now you get to choose the data that you want to export. The available options are Favorites, Feeds and Cookies. Check Favorites and click Next.

Now you have to select the folders with favorites that you want to export. If you want to export all your favorites, select the Favorites folder at the top and click Next.

Choose the location and the name of the file where your favorites will be saved. You can either type the full path and the filename or click Browse and select the location. To finish the process, click Export.

A confirmation message is shown. To close the window click Finish.

Your Favorites are now saved in the ".htm" file whose name you provided, in the location you selected. You can use that file to import your favorites into another browser or on another computer.


As you can see from this guide, it is not that complicated to import and export your bookmarks in Internet Explorer. However, we would have wished for the Import/Export Settings wizard to be able to import favorites from all your installed browsers, not just Google Chrome. Hopefully this will be fixed in the next version of Internet Explorer.
If you have any questions about importing or exporting bookmarks in Internet Explorer don't hesitate to ask using the comments form below.