How to Transfer Microsoft Edge Favorites or Bookmarks on Windows

While upgrading to a new computer is an exciting prospect, there’s also a worry of losing the continuity of your workflow and having to start everything afresh. However, with Microsoft Edge, you can simply transfer favorites and saved bookmarks on your new computer and pick them up from where you left off.

Transfer Microsoft Edge Favorites

In this article, we want to show you how to transfer Microsoft Edge favorites and bookmarks on your new Windows PC. Let’s begin.

1. Sync Your Edge Settings

To transfer your bookmarks to a new PC using Microsoft Edge, sync your Edge settings between the two computers. This process ensures your favorites and bookmarks are seamlessly transferred to your new device over the internet.

However, you need to use the same account on Microsoft Edge on your new PC as well.

Step 1: On your old computer, launch Edge, and go to Settings.

Edge Settings 1

Step 2: Click on Profile in the left-hand pane.

Step 3: Then click on Sync, and select the items you want to sync. Make sure to include your bookmarks on the list.

Turn on Sync

Step 4: Sign into Microsoft Edge with the same account on your new PC, and enable sync to transfer all the bookmarks and favorites.

2. Export and Import Edge Bookmarks and Favorites

If you cannot sync your bookmarks and favorites to Microsoft Edge on your new device, you can manually export the favorites folder as an HTML file. You can then import the HTML file onto Microsoft Edge on your new PC, and the favorites and bookmarks will be transferred. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Launch Edge on your old computer.

Step 2: Then click on Favorites (the star icon).

Step 3: Click on the three dots icon.

Click on Favorites and Three Dots

Step 4: Click on More options and select Export Favorites.

Click on Export Favorites

Step 5: An HTML file containing all the favorites and bookmarks data will be created. Save the file locally on your PC. Then, copy this file to a folder on your new PC.


Step 6: Now, open Microsoft Edge on your new PC. Click on the favorites icon and the three dots option.

Step 7: Click on Import Favorites.

Import Favorites

Step 8: Click on ‘Choose what to import’ under ‘Import from other browsers’.

Choose Browser Data

Step 9: Click on the dropdown menu under ‘Import From’ and select ‘Favorites or bookmarks HTML file’.

Choose HTML file

Step 10: Click on Choose File. Select the saved HTML file from your old PC, and wait for the import process to be completed.

Click on Choose File

3. Manually Copy the Bookmarks Folder on Edge

Alternatively, you can also manually copy the bookmarks folder that is stored locally on your PC. You can copy the bookmarks folder from your old PC and paste it onto the same location on your new PC. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Microsoft Edge saves your bookmarks at the following location. Copy and paste the address in the navigation box of the File Explorer on your PC.

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Default
Copy Address

Step 2: If the folder is unavailable, you can navigate to:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Profile1

Step 3: Scroll down, copy the Bookmarks file, and move it to the same location on the new device.

Copy Bookmarks File

All the Microsoft Edge favorites and bookmarks will be transferred to your new Windows PC

What Can I Do If I Can’t Access My Old Computer

If you already got rid of the old computer or the device won’t turn on, the Sync option is the only one that could help you restore your bookmarks. If you disabled the functionality, there’s nothing you can do to restore the Favorites folder. In other words, you need to organize your bookmarks from scratch.

If you have any further questions, you can take a look at the FAQ section below.

FAQs on Microsoft Edge Bookmarks

1. Will transferring bookmarks affect browser settings or extensions on Microsoft Edge?

Transferring bookmarks specifically does not affect your browser settings or installed extensions

2. Do I need to have the same Microsoft Edge version on both computers to sync and transfer bookmarks?

Ideally, it’s best to have the same or a compatible version of Microsoft Edge on both computers. However, in most cases, you can successfully transfer bookmarks between different versions without issues.

3. Where can I find bookmarks on Microsoft Edge?

In Microsoft Edge, you can find your bookmarks by clicking on the star icon located in the upper-right corner of the browser window, which opens the Favorites menu.

Transfer Microsoft Edge Favorites to a New Computer

If you bought a new computer and you want to transfer your Microsoft Edge bookmarks to the new machine, you can use the Sync option. Alternatively, you can also manually export the Favorites folder to Dropbox and then import the HTML file to your new computer. Did you manage to transfer the Favorites folder to your new machine? Let us know in the comments below.

Last updated on 04 November, 2023

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