Sync Internet Explorer Favorites with SkyDrive

With everyone having multiple devices today (laptops, desktops, work PCs, tablets), one of the features lacking in Internet Explorer (IE) is the ability to sync and backup favorites. This feature existed in Live Mesh but was removed when replaced with SkyDrive.

But you can still make this happen by redirecting Favorites to a Skydrive folder on your devices.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Download SkyDrive http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download
  2. Your SkyDrive folder by default is C:\Users\%username%\SkyDrive    (%username% is the name of the login ID you use to logon to your computer)
  3. Go to the SkyDrive folder and create a new folder called Favorites.
  4. Open the user profile directory c:\users\%username%
  5. Right click on Favorites and click Properties
  6. Click the Location tab
  7. Click Move
  8. Choose the new Favorites folder created in step #3
  9. When you install Skydrive on other devices, the favorites folder should already sync. Simply start with step #4 on those devices.

Note – the example here uses SkyDrive, but you can work with Dropbox and Google Drive as well

 

3 thoughts on “Sync Internet Explorer Favorites with SkyDrive

  1. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you
    could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  2. Thanks Jay! I’ve now got about a half dozen PC’s synched (Win 7 and 8) and it is simply transformational.

    My lessons learned;
    1) SkyDrive app requires a processor of at least 1.5 gHz (over clocking doesn’t seem to help),
    2) Win 8.1 IE app will participate if you reconfigure the desktop IE client on that machine first. Did not have so couldn’t try Win 8 RT version.

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