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Exporting Favorites

By dennisbv ·
I would like to know if there is a program or a method to export my IE favorites to some type of either comma delimited or a database format.

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by DKlippert In reply to Exporting Favorites

See if this helps:

(Type the Q number in the search box at support.microsoft.com)

How to Create a Text File of Web Addresses in Favorites Folder

Q183436

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by dennisbv In reply to Exporting Favorites

The file this creates is unusable for what I am trying to do. I want to create a database of Web sites.

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by hinrgman In reply to Exporting Favorites

Try these instructions, i believe I downloaded them an answer to this same question several months ago. (favorite_urlsto text.doc)


Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files Or Folders.
In the Named box, type *.url .
In the Look In box, type <path>\favorites , where <path> is the path to your Favorites folder. By default, the Favorites folder is located in the C:\Windows folder in Windows 95 and the C:\Winnt\Profiles\<username> folder in Windows NT.
Click Find Now.
On the Edit menu, click Select All.
On Edit menu, click Copy.
Click Start, point to Programs, and then click Windows Explorer or Windows NT Explorer.
Click drive C.
On the File menu, point to New, and then click Folder.
Type myurls , and then press ENTER.
Double-click the Myurls folder.
On the Edit menu, click Paste.
Click Start, point to Programs, and then click MS-DOS Prompt or Command Prompt.
Type the following commands at the command prompt, pressing ENTER after each line:
cd \
cd myurls
copy *.url url.txt
To view the list of Web addresses of the Internet shortcuts in your Internet Explorer Favorites folder, open the Url.txt file in any text editor.

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by dennisbv In reply to Exporting Favorites

Same as Answer one

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by DKlippert In reply to Exporting Favorites

Absent cleaning up a text file in Word, this app claims to do what you want:

www.accessoryware.com/Netview.htm

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by dennisbv In reply to Exporting Favorites

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Exporting Favorites

I have to defend DKlippert's answer, because it works.
Like DKlippert suggested, copy all *.URL files into a single file (COPY *.URL MYURLS.TXT)

But yes, it will add in several records per URL, the base url, a modified field, redirect fields, favicon information.
YOu only want the BASEURL= row to import it into a database.

Here is what you will do. Make the Text file. Then from the command line do this:

FIND "BASEURL=" MYURL.TXT >>urlsonly.txt

The FIND command can search throughtext files and export out only the data you are looking for (just like GREP in Unix, only not near as powerful).

Then, your new text file, urlsonly.txt, will have info like this:

BASEURL=http://www.msn.com/
BASEURL=http://www.cnn.com/

Now,open urlsonly.txt in Notepad and do a Replace, replacing BASEURL= with a null value (put nothing in the Replace field).

Save the changes after the Replace, and you will only have the text file with the URLs that you want.

hope this helps

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Exporting Favorites

Note, the FIND command is case-sensitive, so you must have BASEURL= in capital letters, or else it won't work.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Exporting Favorites

I had asked for a comma delimitted or data base format and I tryed the FIND command and it does not work with Win 2000. I am looking for something that would be quick

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by Data Ninja In reply to Exporting Favorites

There is a program called "favtool.exe" that allows you to save your favorites to/from IE. It is saved in an html format document which can be edited with Word or any html editor. If you can't find it on the microsoft site (hint: search for the exact filename as above) just email me and I will send it to you.
There is also a 'powertoy' program called "powerie4.exe" that adds functionality to the IE browser such as printing individual frames, zooming in or out on images, and more. I'm not certain if it is what adds the export/import function to the File menu, but is a very useful tool. Can't find it either? email me.

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