Move Internet Explorer favorites to a new PC

Applies to: WindowsInternet ExplorerWindows 7

If you're moving from a Windows 7 PC to a new Windows 10 PC, you can easily move your Internet Explorer favorites with you. The below instructions will guide you through moving IE favorites onto Microsoft Edge, the faster, safer way to get things done on the internet.

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Export your favorites to an HTM file

Follow the below instructions on Internet Explorer 11 on your Windows 7 PC:

  1.  In the Internet Explorer browser, select View favorites, feeds, and history, or select Alt + C to open Favorites.
  2. Under the Add to favorites menu, select Import and export....
  3. Select Export to a file, and then select Next.
  4. On the checklist of options, select Favorites, and then select Next.
  5. Select the folder that you'd like to export your Favorites from, and then select Next.
  6. Type or browse to the location where you'd like your file exported. 
  7. Select Export and then Finish.
  8. Your Favorites will now appear in an htm file in the location you've specified.
  9. You'll need to be able to access this file on your Windows 10 PC, so send this file to yourself, either by emailing it, by saving it onto an external storage device, or by saving it to the cloud with a service like OneDrive. Learn more about how OneDrive can help you make the move at Move files off a Windows 7 PC with OneDrive.

Import your favorites into Microsoft Edge

Follow the below instructions on your new Windows 10 PC:

  1. Locate the htm file that you exported from Internet Explorer.
  2. In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  > Settings  > Import or export > Import from file.
  3. Choose the file from your PC and your favorites will be imported into Edge.
  4. To view your imported favorites in Edge, go to Favorites .


Get more info about moving to Windows 10

If you're considering a move to Windows 10, download the Guide to Windows 10 app to get the info you need to make a smooth transition, including personalized recommendations for your PC.

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*This app is for Windows 7 only