Transferring files from one laptop to another takes a long time, but it’s fairly straight forward. You just need to figure out how you will transport them, as I discussed in the previous post. Bookmarks and/or Favorites is a little trickier. First, you need to export the bookmarks, or favorites, to a file so that you can then transport them onto the new laptop. Each web browser is a little different, but its virtually the same steps.
Steps to Exporting and then Importing Bookmarks or Favorites
1. Export your bookmarks, or favorites, from your web browser to a file.
2. Transport that file from your old laptop to your new laptop.
(Save to a server, email to yourself, thumb drive, or cloud storage)
3. Import your bookmarks, or favorites, into a web browser on the new machine.
The important thing to know, is that bookmarks, or favorites, can often be imported into a brand new web browser. In other words, it does not have to be the same browser that you used before, or that you just exported the file from either for that matter. For instance, exporting your favorites from Internet Explorer 8 on a Windows machine to a file, could be imported into Safari on a machine running a Mac operating system.
The web browsers on the teacher Windows XP machines had Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome installed on them. The new MacBook Air laptops have Safari, Firefox and Chrome installed on them. It’s completely up to the user to choose which web browser they use, or for which task(s).
Here are a couple of helpful links to YouTube tutorials for each of the web browsers mentioned.
Internet Explorer 8
Firefox and Safari