How to Restore Lost Browser Favorites & Bookmarks

It's easy to restore lost browser bookmarks from a backup copy. Here are step-by-step instructions for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

You will need

  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Firefox 3

Step 1 Open Wizard Click on Internet Explorer’s “Add to Favorites” button. Select “Import and Export” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2 Import the file Choose the option of importing Favorites from a file. Browse to the “bookmark.htm” file and import it.

Step 3 Restore from a backup If there is no “bookmark.htm” file to import, restore your “Favorites” file from a backup. Open Windows backup and tell the wizard you want to restore files. Browse to the “Favorites” folder under your user name, and restore.

Step 4 Consult a professional Consult a professional if you don’t have a backup file. It may be possible to restore your Favorites by editing the Windows registry.

Step 5 Restore bookmarks in Firefox Restore bookmarks in Firefox by choosing “Organize Bookmarks” from the Bookmarks menu. This opens the Library window.

Step 6 Choose the most recent backup Select “Restore” from the “Import and Backup” menu. Choose the most recent backup date. Your Favorites are now restored to where they were when the backup was created.