J. D. Biersdorfer answers readers’ computer-based technology questions for The New York Times. Under the eye-catching headline “Moving Favorites When You Switch” (note the use of the word “when”), one of the Q&A’s is be useful for new-to-Mac switchers:

Q. How do I transfer my Internet Explorer Favorites from my old PC to the Web browser on the new Mac?

A. One quick way to move your Favorites, or browser bookmarks, to a new computer is to start Internet Explorer, go to the File menu and select “Import and Export.” When the Import/Export wizard starts up, choose “Export Favorites” from the list of actions and click on the Next button.

Once you select your Favorites file, you can export it to the desktop or a folder on your PC. From there, you can copy the exported Favorites file onto an external drive or recordable compact disc, copy it to your new Mac over a network connection or send the file to yourself as an e-mail attachment from the old computer to the new one.

Once you get the file on your Mac, you can add the Favorites to the Mac OS X Safari Web browser. Start the Safari program, go to the File menu and choose Import Bookmarks. Navigate to the folder or place on the Mac where you have stored your exported Favorites file and click on the Import button to pull in the bookmarks.

A section of Apple’s Web site (http://www.apple.com/macosx/switch) is devoted to moving all kinds of files to a Macintosh.

Full Q&A article here.

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