Our amazing computer tip today deals with the ultimate Doh! moment we’ve all had at some point in our computing lives. Scenario: You just remove have your recovery disk or your Windows install disk from the CD drive and look up at your new, shiny installation of Windows and realize you forgot to save you Internet Explorer Favorites. Those are the links in your Favorites menu that you had so very organized and had spent the past several months accumulating. You frantically open IE, go to your favorites and realize it’s empty. But you knew it would be. To avoid this traumatic experience, routinely copy your Favorites folder and put them on a thumbdrive, email them to yourself, or back them up to an external hard drive.
How to Locate Your Favorites Folder
Your IE Favorites folder is located in the user folders of everyone who shares the computer. Since you can have multiple logins in XP, Vista and Windows 7, these Favorites will all need to be saved individually. Simply open My Computer, then the C drive and locate the Documents and Settings folder. You might then see several folders for each username. When you open the folder for each user, you will immediately see a big yellow star. Right-click, Copy, then paste that into a new location. You have just copied your Favorites. The next time you want to restore them, just navigate back to the new user folder and copy over the Favorites that are already there.
In the age of cloud computing, you might want to consider using a service like Delicious, which is a social bookmarking site that allows you to store more detailed information about the sites you bookmark and even share them with friends.