How about a different approach
For Internet Explorer. Look for the Favorites folder and copy it. The location depends on the Version of windows and the User name.
MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape profiles.
It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, passwords, cache etc. It's an easy way to do Firefox backup, Thunderbird backup ...
I don't use Chrome so I'm only including a Google search
And to answer the original question if you create a .txt file in Notepad that should be safe. Notepad, not Wordpad or Word.
Edited by rotor123, 12 August 2012 - 11:26 AM.