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Acording to this page, my IE favorites are supposed to be stored in C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Favorites. However, they are not there. When I tried to import them into Firefox, nothing got imported either. It looks as though they are stored in some secret location. This is a work laptop in a restrictive organization and I am not an admin.

How can I access my IE favorites for backup and transfer to another browser?

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You will need to ask your IT Staff where they are located. You can also right click on any Bookmark you have and check the General of the resulting Property Dialog that is where the actual bookmark is located. I am going to guess your checking the wrong profile, I am also not aware, of anyway to change this location. – Ramhound Feb 28 '13 at 19:27

Right click on a favorite in IE, select Properties. In the General tab the location is given.

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I want to export ALL favorites in bulk, not one by one – amphibient Feb 28 '13 at 19:23
Sure, my idea was that you can determine the folder where ALL favorites are stored with that procedure! Otherwise we can only guess... – mpy Feb 28 '13 at 19:25
It shows that favorite FavA is in directory C:\Users\%USERNAME%\FavFolder1 but when I went into C:\Users\%USERNAME%, there was no FavFolder1 subdir – amphibient Feb 28 '13 at 19:30
You can try to turn on the display of hidden files (Control Panel -> Folder Options -> View -> Show hidden files) or just copy & paste the path into explorer's adress bar. – mpy Feb 28 '13 at 19:34
I have that already but no directory contents are shown – amphibient Feb 28 '13 at 19:39

Have you tried to see under

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yes, it is the same as C:\Users\%USERNAME% – amphibient Feb 28 '13 at 19:23

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