IE Favorites and Your NETID Login

Due to technical limitations, Internet Explorer Favorites are no longer automatically  synchronized to the H:\ drive for new logins. You can manually reconnect your IE Favorites to your H:\favorites folder, or there are several options depending on your needs and preferred web browser: IE, Chrome, or Firefox. You may:

  1. Reconnect IE with your H:\favorites
  2. Withe Windows 8.1, you can synchronize your IE Favorites with your Microsoft account
  3. Switch to Chrome of Firefox instead of IE (there are good reasons to choose Chrome!)
  4. For Chrome or Firefox: tell the browser to store your Favorites in your on-line account (if you don't have one, you'll create one).  

Read through the descriptions below and see if there is a choice that sounds right for you.  Feel free to contact us for no-cost help with your questions. 

Redirect Internet Explorer to your H:\favorites

This will re-point Internet Explorer to use H:\favorites as the location for your Favorites.

  1. Close any Internet Explorer windows you may have open.
  2. Open your NETID profile:  Open My Computer, and go to C:\Users\%YourNetID%\  
  3. Right click on the Favorites folder and click Properties.
  4. Select the Location tab*, and enter: H:\favorites.
  5. Click Apply.

* If there is no Location tab:
Press Windows-R to show the Run box, and run shell:favorites
Right-click a blank area inside the folder and choose Properties.

You may be prompted to "move all of the files from the old location to the new location".  If you have already created Favorites on your new system, answer "yes" to merge them, or "no" to forget them.   If you get a message regarding duplicate files, you can safely click No.

Synchronize your IE Favorites in Windows 8.1 with your Microsoft account

This will upload your bookmarks to your Microsoft account and allow you to synchronize them between computers.

  1. From the Windows 8.1 Charms menu, go to Settings >Change PC Settings>Accounts
  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account.
  3. Go back to PC Settings and open OneDrive>Sync settings
  4. Choose what settings to sync, including the Web Browser under the Other settings.

Import Your Favorites into Your Browser of Choice

Internet Explorer

If you are using IE, you're done, but don't let that stop you from reading on!  You may decide that Chrome is a better choice.


Chrome is a great browser choice:

  • Chrome will fun on your PC, on your tablet, and on your phone.
  • Chrome browser tabs will be the same on each device:  open a tab on your PC; when you go to your tablet or phone, you'll see the same tab.  And the same Favorites (Chrome calls them Bookmarks) will be synchronized across each device
  • Chrome has the same features and behavior, regardless of witch operating system you  are using.
  • Chrome uses your Google account to store your information on-line, in the cloud-in this case, your Bookmarks.

Chrome uses your Google account to store your information on-line, in the cloud -- in this case, your Bookmarks.

  1. You need a Google account. If you don't have one, you can activate your UW Google account through the Manage UW NetID Resources page; click on the UW Google Apps link. 
  2. If you don't have Chrome, install it from
  3. The first time you open Chrome, you'll see the Welcome To Chrome screen.  Enter your UW mailing address in the Email box:  Ignore the Password box.
  4. Click the blue Sign In button, and you'll be taken to the UW Login page, where you'll enter your UW NetID and its password.  
  5. Importing your Bookmarks from IE:
    • Typically the first time you launch Chrome, it will offer to copy your Favorites from another source.  It will ask you to "confirm your sync settings" -- just make sure that your "Bookmarks" item is checked.  It then goes out to IE and copies over those Bookmarks.
    • If this doesn't happen, you can click on the Settings icon (3 horizontal bars in the upper right corner).  Choose Bookmarks, then Import Bookmarks and Settings.  With Internet Explorer selected, click Import.

You'll now see your Bookmarks (and Tabs, don't forget!) on any device where you sign in to your Google account.  

If you want to find out more of what Chrome can do (manage separate accounts; change your default search engine or browser), you can go here:


FireFox uses the same technique as Chrome: you create an account with a user name (usually an email address) and password, and that's where your Bookmarks are stored.  Unlike Chrome, you also need to run a process from each device you wish to view your Bookmarks on.

This link has the specific steps needed


Last modified: May 16, 2014