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Trouble importing IE favorites

The Import button under the File tab isn't live so I can't click it. Because of that, I can't import my Internet Explorer Favorites to Firefox. Why isn't my Import button live?

When I first loaded Firefox onto my computer, some of my IE Favorites were automatically copied to Firefox, but not all of them. I'm now trying to copy the rest of them to FF. What do I do?

And, yes, I read through the help section of FF and found the instructions to copy IE Favorites to FF, but being able to do the copy requires that the Import button be live.

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

In IE:
File > Import/Export - Export to HTML file

then in Firefox:
Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks -> Import & Backup - Import HTML... = From HTML file

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

In IE:
File > Import/Export - Export to HTML file

then in Firefox:
Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks -> Import & Backup - Import HTML... = From HTML file

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

Sorry to be a bit on the not highly computer literate side, but I'm having a bit of trouble with the "Export to HTML file" part of that. I go through the export process on IE but become stuck when it wants me to choose a file to export my Bookmarks to. The real problem is that I don't understand what you mean by "Export to HTML file."

Thanks for any further help.

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

Never mind. I think I figured it out. Sometimes the gears work slowly, but I'm there now. Thank you very much.

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

You're welcome.

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

I had a lot of trouble finding this in IE 8...Here's where to get started on this fix within IE....From Windows Help and Support...

To export favorites from Internet Explorer 8

Follow these steps on the computer that you're exporting your favorites from.

Click to open Internet Explorer.

Click the Favorites button, click the arrow next to the Add to Favorites button, and then click Import and Export.

In the Import/Export Settings dialog box, click Export to a file, and then click Next.

Select the Favorites check box, and then click Next.

Select the folder that you want to export your favorites from, and then click Next.

By default, Internet Explorer creates a file called bookmark.htm in your Documents folder. If you want to use a name other than bookmark.htm or to store the exported favorites in a folder other than Documents, specify the new file and folder name.

Click Export. If you already have a file by the same name, Internet Explorer will ask you to replace it. Click Yes if you want replace the file or click No and type a new file name.

Click Finish.

Note If the folder you select cannot be written to, such as another user's Documents folder, the export will fail. Retry the export with another folder.

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

Not working on my computer. Tried importing from Internet Explorer using that feature; didn't work. Then saved IE bookmarks to htm file, and tried import from there; also didn't work. What gives?

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

Is there anything in settings on Firefox that would prohibit IE bookmarks from being imported?

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

P.S. I saved the htm file to my desktop, not my documents file.

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Re: Trouble importing IE favorites

Make sure that the file has a .html file extension. You can see that if you open the Properties via the right-click context menu. You can also try to open the in a Firefox tab via File > Open File to see if that works. It is possible that you have links or description in your favorites that are not in Unicode and that are causing problems. So you may need to check the file for that in a text editor.