How to Get Old Favorites From an Old Computer to New in AOL

AOL Desktop Software features a built-in browser and messaging client.
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AOL's Favorite Places function allows you to bookmark your favorite sites and Web pages from within your AOL software, enabling you to revisit those locations by clicking on a link in your AOL Desktop. You can elect to save your AOL Favorite Places either online or on your computer. To import locally saved AOL bookmarks to a new computer, manually export your Favorite Places from your old computer and then import them into the new computer's AOL software.

Open your old computer's installation of AOL Desktop Software and then click “Favorites” to open the “My Favorite Places” window.

Click “Manage” and then select “Save My Favorite Places as a File On My Computer.”

Select a location and filename for your favorites file and then click “Save.”

Open your email account and create a new email. Attach the favorites file to the email and then send the email to yourself.

Open your email account on your new computer and select the email you just sent to yourself. Download the attached favorites file to the new computer.

Open the new computer's installation of AOL Desktop Software and click “Favorites.”

Click “Manage” and then select “Replace My Favorite Places with a Favorites File.”

Select the favorites file that you downloaded to your new computer and then click “Open.” Your new computer's Favorite Places will be replaced by your favorites from the old computer.

  • Information in this article applies to AOL Desktop Software 9.0. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
  • If you want to add the old favorites to your new computer's Favorite Places list without deleting the new computer's existing favorites, select “Append a Favorites File to My Favorite Places” from the Manage list when you go to import your favorites file into the new computer.

Andy Walton has been a technology writer since 2009, specializing in networking and mobile communications. He was previously an IT technician and product manager. Walton is based in Leicester, England, and holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from the University of Leeds.