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I wanted to copy my favourites links from another machine onto a newly installed Windows 7 machine, but the system won't let me paste them into the Favourites folder showing at the top of Windows Explorer.

I can't see the old \Documents and Settings\User\Favourites on the C:\ drive any more, so where are they stored now?

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

The Documents and Settings folder simply changed name to Users in Vista and Windows 7.


will work on all versions.

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The favourites folder for IE in windows7 is located in:


The favourites folder for windows explorer sidebar in windows7 is located in:

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thanks for this, no one seemed to clarify this – javamonkey79 Sep 6 '11 at 16:27
yeah, this is what i was looking for (links) – Todd Sharp Jan 10 '12 at 15:01

As well as the %USERPROFILE% trick, this also works from the Start Menu or Run dialog:

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In addition to this, you can also use shell:links to point to your favourites folder for windows explorer sidebar. This format is needed for registry keys. This was my case and wasn't explained anywhere else. – Pere Feb 26 '14 at 8:18

It should be


If you copy and paste that line in to run, you should be able to get to your IE favourites.

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Correct, but there are better, Windows version independent answers here. – Richard Sep 8 '09 at 17:04
The question stated Windows 7 – William Hilsum Sep 8 '09 at 17:34

In Windows 7, they're stored in: C:\Users\username\Favorites (or simply %userprofile%\Favorites).

From there, you can right-click on the file, copy it and save it to a flash drive in case your computer crashes, you will have all of your favorites.

If you have to buy a new computer or have to do a clean install of the operating system, you can go to your new computer's favorites and transfer your old favorites to it.

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Go to C:/Users.

You should see a list AppData, Public, <your user name>. Click on the user name – in my case "Ric".

Favorites is in here along with Contacts, My Music, My Pictures, Downloads, My Documents, Desktop etc, unlike in Windows XP where you had to hunt in different places for these files, Windows 7 has them all in the one folder.

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That doesn't really add any useful information (the other answers all basically said the same). Also note that the folder is not called like your computer, but rather like your user profile name. – slhck Jun 25 '11 at 12:42

Look under \Users\username, the Favorites folder is there.

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Remember for you to view th favourites folder under C:\Users\Steve\Favorites you must first enable the view hidden files and system files

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Not true, the Favorites folder is not hidden by default. – Indrek Nov 5 '12 at 0:16

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