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I use FF 20.0.1. How can I move my Favories and settings fron a laptop with Win 7 to a new laptop with Win 8. I can't find appdata on the Win 8 PC 8

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I want to use Firefox on my Win 8 desktop. i want to move my favorites, settings and add-ons to a new Win8 laptop from my old Win 7 machine. I know how to do it with Win 7 machines by moving my profile. I can't find appdata on the Win 8 PC to move the profile to.

I will also want to do the same with Thunderbird.

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The easiest way is to use Sync. You can find it in Tools / Options. You'll always have settins, bookmarks, saved passwords, history synced between you computers (and Android devices).

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By default, the AppData folder is hidden. On Windows 7, you can make hidden files and folder visible using Windows Explorer. Does this apply to Windows 8?

In Windows Explorer:

Organize > Folder and search options > View tab or
Tools menu > Folder options > View tab

At that point, you should see radio buttons to hide or not hide (see screenshot).

While I think it's best not to hide things from yourself, it can cause lists to become more cluttered. There is a shortcut you can use to open the AppData\Roaming folder:

%APPDATA%

That should work in Windows Explorer or the Start menu search box.

Does any of that apply to Windows 8?

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Thanks guys. I didn't realize I had not unchecked the hidden files and folders and so forth.

I am a little overwhelmed at this point trying to assimilate the Win 8 changes.

Modified by ClayL