Originally Posted by Constance
What I have no idea about is how to get my bookmarks and passwords transferred. If I log in with my same password from a different computer, will it still work?
Constance, this is courtesy of my DH.
The easiest way to transfer your bookmarks is if you have a webmail account such as hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc.
If you have a Yahoo email account, Yahoo offers a separate tool to help you transfer bookmarks from one computer to another. It is called 'My Bookmarks' and you can navigate to it (from your Yahoo email to the main Yahoo page to My Bookmarks) after you log in your Yahoo email account. Yahoo Bookmarks has clear instructions on how to carry out the transfer depending on the type of browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc) you have.
If you are using the Firefox browser (or if you manage to discover the equivalent procedure in the case of Internet Explorer), the above process can be simplified as follows:
1. Open your browser and click on 'Bookmarks.' In the dropdown menu that opens, click on 'Organize Bookmarks.' In the Bookmarks Manager window that opens, click 'File' and in the dropdown menu that opens, click 'Export.' A popup window opens asking you for details on where/how to save your bookmarks. For simplicity, leave the file name (bookmarks.html) as is and under 'Save In' on top, choose to save it on your PC's desktop. Close all other windows and go back to your browser.
2. Log in to your webmail account and email your exported bookmarks as an email attachment to yourself.
3. Go to your new computer, open your browser, log in to your web email account, find and open the email you sent to yourself, and download the attachment to the desktop of your new PC.
4. In your browser, click 'Bookmarks,' 'Manage Bookmarks,' 'File,' and 'Import.' An import wizard opens suggesting various sources of the file to be imported. Select from 'File' and click 'Next.' A window will open where you have to navigate in the 'Look In' area to your desktop and then find your bookmarks.html file, select it, and click 'Open.' This transfers your old bookmarks file into the existing one in your new PC.
5. Because the existing bookmarks file in your new PC was not originally empty, the bookmarks you imported will be added to the old ones, which will necessitate some weeding out of duplicate or unneeded bookmarks. You can simplify this process by weeding out unneeded bookmarks in your new PC's bookmarks file BEFORE you import your old bookmarks and create a big file that is not too easy to handle.
As for your passwords, it is better to copy them by hand or better still create new ones for added security.