How to transfer bookmarks from Mozilla Firefox to Internet Explorer


The retired, out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 desktop application has been permanently disabled through a Microsoft Edge update on certain versions of Windows 10. For more information, see Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retirement FAQ.

This article helps you solve the problem of importing bookmarks from third-party browsers to Internet Explorer.

Original product version:   Internet Explorer
Original KB number:   2525573


Internet Explorer 11 automatically transfers your favorites from the earlier version of Internet Explorer that was installed on your computer. You can easily import bookmarks and settings from third-party browsers to Internet Explorer 11.

How to automatically import favorites

To automatically import favorites to Internet Explorer 11, follow these steps:

  1. In Internet Explorer 11, click Import and export on the File menu. If you don't see the File menu, press ALT.

    Screenshot of the File menu. The import and export item is highlighted.

  2. Select Import from another browser, and then click Next.

    Screenshot of the Import or Export Settings window, where Import from another browser option is selected.

  3. You will see a list of the browsers that are installed on your computer. Select the browser from which you want to import favorites, and then click Import.

    In this example, select the Firefox check box.

    The Firefox option is checked.

  4. After the favorites are imported, click Finish to close the window.

    Screenshot of the Firefox settings imported successfully window.

How to manually import favorites

If you want to transfer only certain favorites from Firefox, you can transfer the links manually.

To manually import favorites to Internet Explorer 11, follow these steps:

  1. In Firefox, click Bookmarks on the menu bar, and then click Organize Bookmarks.

    Screenshot of Bookmarks menu. The Organize Bookmarks item is selected.

  2. In the Library dialog box, click Export HTML on the Import and Backup drop-down list.

    Screenshot of the Library window. Export HTML item is highlighted under Import and Backup drop-down.

  3. Save the bookmarks.html file to any location on your computer.

    Screenshot of the location to save bookmarks.html.

  4. Close Firefox, and then start Internet Explorer 11.

  5. In Internet Explorer 11, click Open on the File menu. If you don't see the File menu, press ALT.

    Screenshot of the File menu. The Open entry is highlighted.

  6. Click Browse, and then locate the folder to which you saved the bookmarks.html file.

    Screenshot the open dialog to locate the folder.

  7. Select the bookmarks.html file, and then click Open.

    Screenshot of Document library, where the bookmarks.html file is listed.

  8. In the Open dialog box, click OK.

    Screenshot of the Open dialog, listing he path of the bookmarks.html file.

  9. The file is immediately opened and includes a blue underlined link list. To include one of these links as a favorite, right-click the entry, and then click Add to favorites.

    Screenshot of the bookmarks.html file opened in IE. Add to favorites entry is highlighted.

  10. Select a folder, and then click Add. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for all the bookmarks that you want to transfer.

    Screenshot of the Add a Favorite dialog box.

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