Moving Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites to Apple Safari Bookmarks when you switch

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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16 Comments

  1. Something I’ve never thought of until now: NO WHERE is there anything about switching from the Mac to the Windows system. That’d be a fun parody movie for someone to create.

  2. AAPL has resulted in multiple triggers in the past 2 days, including all time lows for the year, ( near $57 ) which means many nervous investors are watching it, and when to many investors watch, there will be more sell off.

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    This stock was never in danger of dropping to $55, let alone $50.

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  3. AAPL has resulted in multiple triggers in the past 2 days, including all time lows for the year, ( near $57 ) which means many nervous investors are watching it, and when to many investors watch, there will be more sell off.

    AAPL bounced off its intraday low of 57.15 to hit an intraday high of 60.93, closing at 60.76 on almost 50,000,000 shares traded. That’s double its 30 DMA, and more than any trading day since April 20.

    That kind of volume means the institutions jumped in. Retail trade can’t manage that kind of volume alone.

    This is the third time AAPL has tested the $57/$58 range, only to bounce back strongly on good volume.

    This stock was never in danger of dropping to $55, let alone $50.

    I’m buying Calls (mostly Jan 07s) like mad right now. Currently have 231.

  4. Instead, Apple proposed that Creative license its technology to Apple. According to the filing, “Apple [also] proposed that Creative spin off its portable digital media player business into a separate company and that Apple would then invest in that entity.”

    Creative declined the offers and on October 23 of that same year, Apple introduced the iPod.

    In negotiating with Apple, Creative shot itself in the foot. In those negotiations, Creative would have set a price to license “its” technology. That is the most that Creative can get (amortized per iPod unit sold since), IF they prevail.

    My feeling is that Apple, having seen Creative’s so called technology, investigated the patents, and felt they were indefensible. This assumes that the patents applications had been made prior to showing the technology to Apple. If the application was made AFTER the introduction of the iPod, then prior art existed, which would negate any isubsequent patents.

    Show the technology to Apple, THEN APPLY FOR PATENTS, and no violation has occurred. If I remember the timeline correctly, Creative did not receive the patents until nearly two years AFTER the iPod was introduced.

    Apple is nothing if it isn’t one of the smartest and best managed companies in the US. Management would not have opened itself to treble damages over something like this.

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