Steps to backup and restore by browser
Even though there are several third party programs that allow you to manage your favorites, you can manually manage them right on your browser's interface. All of the major internet browsers allow you to not only manage your favorite bookmarks, but also allow you to backup and restore them in a pinch. Here's how you can recover, restore, and backup your favorites on your favorite browser.
We'll begin with I.E. Favorites (Internet Explorer is the favorite and native internet browser for Windows users. it comes preinstalled in most Windows machines.)
Click on the star icon in the upper right corner.
Click on the arrow next to "Add To Favorites" (You also have the option of pressing and holding Alt and Z on your keyboard for the menu to pop up)
Select "Import and Export" to start the backup process, making sure to select "Export To A File" when prompted
Tick the checkbox next to "Favorites" and select "Next"
Go ahead and select your favorite folder, or any bookmark that you want to save
Click on "Browse" and select a place where you want to save your bookmarks
Select the "Export" button to create a copy of your favorites
You have now backed up your I.E. favorites. If you ever reinstall Internet Explorer, or experience a corrupted browser, you can easily restore your favorites.
Click on the star icon once more
Next to "Add To Favorites", select the down arrow, then "Import and Export"
Select "Import From A File" to start the importing process
Check 'Favorites" and "Browse" to find the backup bookmark file
Click "import" to restore your favorites
Click on the tile icon to open up your Firefox settings
Select "Show All Bookmarks" This will open a window that will allow you to backup your FireFox bookmarks
Select "Import and Backup", making sure to select "Export Bookmarks to HTML". (HTML backups will not only allow you to restore your favorite bookmarks on Firefox, but also on other compatible web browsers).
Select a location to save the HTML copy of your bookmarks and select the "Save". Your favorite bookmarks are now exported.
Select the tile icon to open up your settings
Select "Show All Bookmarks" then "Import and Backup"
Look for your HTML Firefox bookmark backup by selecting "Choose File"
Note, that backing up favorites will remove any current bookmarks with this backup file.
Here is a great article on 3 ways to organize your Chrome bookmarks and how to better manage your favorites.
Google Chrome makes it seamless to not only backup your favorites, but also your installed extensions and themes. You can do so by tying your Gmail with Google Chrome. When you login to remote devices like a Chromebook, you can have access to your favorite bookmarks by logging in with your Gmail account. To export your favorites for safekeeping, you can do so by exporting your bookmarked favorites to an HTML file.
In the top right corner, select the "three tile icon" to open your Google Chrome settings
then "Bookmark Manager". Here is where you can export your favorite websites and bookmarks.
Select "Organize" and click on "Export Bookmarks"
The exported file will be an HTML file.
As mentioned, The best way to restore your favorites is by signing into Chrome and syncing your bookmarks.
On your Chrome screen, select the three tiles and open "Settings"
Under the "Sign In", select "Advanced Sync Settings"
then use the drop down menu to select "Choose What To Sync" or "Sync Everything". With "Choose What To Sync", you will be able to select elements of Google Chrome to backup and restore, including your bookmarks.
Click "Ok". Now you can sign into Google Chrome from other computers and devices and have access to your bookmarks
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