After the upgrade to Windows 10, you may discover that in the new version of IE, called Microsoft Edge, your favorites are missing!
You’d think the import of your bookmarks/favorites would happen automatically during the Windows 10 upgrade, but alas…
Not to worry though, because it’s a piece of cake to restore all of your missing Favorites!
Okay, here goes.
First, open Edge, which is the blue “e” icon on your taskbar.
Once Edge is running, click the Hub icon in the upper right corner (3 horizontal lines) and then click the Favorites Settings link (which used to be called “Import Favorites”):
Then select Internet Explorer, and click the Import button:
That’s it! Your old Internet Explorer bookmark toolbar and all your favorites should now be restored.
Nope, that didn’t work…
Okay, now it gets really fun.
You should still have Internet Explorer installed on Windows 10, but it’s kind of “hidden”.
So, you can just click Start and search for Internet Explorer, and run it. If your bookmarks are there and you’re happy enough with IE, carry on! You’re done. If you want to use Edge, then read on…
IE can export all your bookmarks as a file called bookmark.htm. This is pretty handy, but there’s a problem: Edge currently cannot import bookmarks from an HTM file!
What to do, what to do?
First, you’ll need another browser installed on your puter. From the above screenshot, you can see I have Chrome installed. If you don’t have another browser, download and install Chrome.
What you’re going to do here is install Chrome, export your IE bookmarks into a file, import that Bookmark file into Chrome, and then redo the steps above to import your bookmarks from Chrome instead of Internet Explorer. Isn’t this fun – and unnecessarily complicated? Thanks, MS!
- Click Start, and type: Internet Explorer
- Click Internet Explorer to run it
- You should see all your bookmarks there. If you do, you’re in luck! If you don’t, “Something went wrong”, which is Microsoft’s way of saying, “You’re screwed!”
- Next, click the Star (favorites icon), then the down arrow, and then pick Import and export…
On the What would you like to export? screen, pick everything and click Next:
Next, you need to run Chrome.
Then, find the Import bookmarks and settings function like so:
Now, all you have to do is go back to the top of this article, and try to import your bookmarks again… but this time, choose Chrome:
Wasn’t that easy? Okay, maybe not…