Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new web browser in Windows 10. It replaces the long-standing Internet Explorer web browser found in Windows 8 and prior versions of Microsoft’s operating system. Note: Internet Explorer can still be found in Windows 10.
Since the release of Windows 10, you could quickly and easily import Favorites from other web browsers (ex: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) into Microsoft Edge. However, until the release of Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703), you could not quickly and easily export your Favorites from Microsoft Edge natively for backup purposes or to import into other web browsers. You could, as an option, use a third-party application to export your Favorites from Microsoft Edge.
If you aren’t running Windows 10 Creators Update, run Windows Update by going to the Windows Start Menu, click on “Settings” followed by “Update & security” then click on “Check for updates” to see if Windows 10 Creators Update is available to download and install on your computer (assuming your computer hardware is compatible with Windows 10 Creators Update). If you are still waiting for Windows 10 Creators Update to become available for your computer (Microsoft is slowly delivering the upgrade to eligible and compatible computers), check out our post on How To Get Windows 10 Creators Update Now.
Once you have Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) installed, you can quickly and easily export your Favorites from Microsoft Edge into a HTML file which can serve as a backup file for your Favorites or to import into other web browsers.
Export Favorites from Microsoft Edge
To export your Favorites from Microsoft Edge, launch Microsoft Edge. In the upper-right hand corner, you can either click on “Hub” (represented by the star with horizontal lines – refer to first image below) then “Settings” or click on “Settings and more” (represented by the three ellipses – refer to second image below) then “Settings”.
In the “Settings” menu, click on “Import from another browser” (refer to image below).
In the “Import info from another browser” menu (refer to image below), you can import from another browser (a list of browsers installed on your computer will be provided), import from a file (HTML) or export to a file (HTML).
Since we are going to export our Favorites, click on “Export to file.” A “Save As” dialog window will appear. Choose the location where you want to export and save the HTML file, give the file an appropriate file name then click on “Save.”
You have now exported a copy of your Favorites to a HTML file which can be used as a backup for your Microsoft Edge Favorites or to import into another web browser.
Import Favorites into Microsoft Edge
You can import Favorites from another web browser by simply choosing the appropriate browser from the list of browsers listed in the “Import info from another browser” menu then click on “Import.” In a few moments, your Favorites from your other browser will be imported into your Favorites in Microsoft Edge.
If you prefer to import from a file, click on “Import from file.” An “Open” dialog window will appear. Locate the HTML file containing your Favorites, select the file then click on “Open.” In a few moments, your Favorites will be imported from the HTML file into your Favorites in Microsoft Edge.