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How do I import bookmarks/favorites in HTM file format into Edge correctly?


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#1 sportsfan1

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 12:51 PM

Hi everyone,
I tried Windows 10 over a year ago but decided to go back to 8.1. Ive decided to come over to Windows 10 permanently now so bare with me Im a total Windows 10 novice!!! :-) My question is about importing bookmarks in the Edge browser. With Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1 I always backed up my Bookmarks/favorites in HTM format by exporting to a USB flash drive for safe keeping. Also, Ive always used a local account on my laptop previously so when Ive done a clean install ive imported the bookmarks into explorer after Windows installation. Everywhere Ive searched on the net says that you cant import bookmarks in HTM file format directly into Edge yet. Ive read that with Windows 10..you have to firstly import the bookmarks into Internet Explorer 11 and then have Edge import them from the Internet Explorer browser. Is that still the case?
My current situation is I have my Bookmarks/favorites from Windows 8.1 saved in HTM file format on a USB flash drive and I want to know the correct method to transfer my Bookmarks over into the Edge browser in Windows 10.
Also, For future reference...When you have the bookmarks set up in Edge. How do you back them up correctly...and import them back into Edge when required?
I just want to be sure I understand the Import/Export Bookmark/Favorites file correctly and if it can be done in HTM file format as I used to be able to do in Windows 8.1.
Thanks for your patience. Im sorry if that was a long read!! :-)



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 01:02 PM

Previously you could not import or export bookmarks in HTML format in Edge. This supposedly has changed in the new Creators update which Microsoft is pushing out. 

 

Before Creators there was this addon.

 

http://www.emmet-gray.com/Articles/EdgeManage.html



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:35 AM

Thanks John for your reply. I downloaded the Creators Update at the weekend..version 1703. When I click on settings in Edge...theres an option to Import favourites from another browser. When you click on that you get import from Internet Explorer. Then underneath theres Import or Export from a file saying that files can be imported or exported as HTML files. My HTM Bookmark is an older bookmark created when I was running Windows 8.1. That's why I came on here to ask the question to check that this option works for older HTM Bookmarks that were saved to a USB while using Windows 8.1...or if you can only import HTM Bookmarks that have previously been exported using Edge on Windows 10 and not those Bookmarks that have been exported from Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1?



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:50 AM

HTM and HTML is exactly the same file. It should import. If not then change the extension to HTML. What browser created the HTM file? 

 

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1163738/htm-vs-html



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:32 AM

I checked just now, also I made one test, and I do not see any reason why cannot. 
If You know what needs Edge and what contains old favorites.html, then there is no problems.
Here is one example
Edge's favorite's html file (it is piece of HTML file).
Spoiler
 
Full HTML file (the same file)
Spoiler


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:51 AM

HTM and HTML is exactly the same file. It should import. If not then change the extension to HTML. What browser created the HTM file? 

 

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1163738/htm

 I wasn't really asking if there was any difference between HTM and HTML as in Windows 8.1 or in Windows 10. But now you mention it Ive just checked and the Bookmark I created when I was using Windows 8.1 says its an HTM file. I haven't a clue what the difference is between HTM and HTML..have you any idea?



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:53 AM

 

I checked just now, also I made one test, and I do not see any reason why cannot. 
If You know what needs Edge and what contains old favorites.html, then there is no problems.
Here is one example
Edge's favorite's html file (it is piece of HTML file).
Spoiler
 
Full HTML file (the same file)
Spoiler

 

 

Thanks mate. We're just debating now whether there is any difference when the Bookmark is HTM or HTML..I don't know if there is any difference or not?



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:56 AM

There is no difference. Just a difference in name by one letter.

 

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1163738/htm-vs-html

 

The short answer

There is none. They are exactly the same.

The long answer

Both .htm and .html are exactly the same and will work in the same way. The choice is down to personal preference, providing you’re consistent with your file naming you won’t have a problem with either.

Depending on the configuration of the web server, one of the file types will take precedence over the other. This should not be an issue since it’s unlikely that you’ll have both index.htm and index.html sitting in the same folder.

We always use the shorter .htm for our file names since file extensions are typically 3 characters long.

 



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Posted 19 April 2017 - 12:09 PM

Hi guys, Ive just tried importing from the saved Bookmark. Just in case there was a possibility the Bookmark may have been corrupted... I have three different bookmarks stored...so I tried them all. The first time I tried..I clicked import from file, and selected the Bookmark. It said it had done so I went to view my newly imported favorites in Edge. I noticed several bookmarks missing from different folders.although I would say probably 95% of them were there. In my saved Bookmarks I have 27 different folders..all placed under a folder with the heading All Sites. The transfer across to Edge transfers all the folders into Edge..but only the first 7 stay within the All Sites Folder. It then takes a subflolder out the of the 7th folder and places that under the All sites folder. The other 20 folders are just placed under the folder Imported Bookmark. I tried this several times with my 3 different stored bookmarks..with exactly the same result each time.
So I thought I would try importing the stored Bookmark into Internet Explorer. I then imported my favorites over from the Internet Explorer browser across into the Edge browser. Everything was imported into Edge with all the links and folders in the correct format. Nothing missing and all the 27 folders were in their correct place. One thing did happen though. While I was viewing them In Edge..they just vanished. I clicked on the Hub again and they'd gone!!! So I imported them from the Internet Explorer again and theyre all back again and so far theyre still there. What do you think is going on?






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