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Saving And Restoring Favorites, Signature Files, And Other Files On Your Hard Drive

You can save and restore your the list of Favorites from Internet Explorer, your signature files in Outlook, and any other personal files saved on your hard drive for use on your new computer.

Saving Your Favorites And Signature Files

  • Login to your old computer.
  • To save your Favorites links:
  • Start Internet Explorer.
  • From the File menu, select Import and Export. The Import/Export Wizard opens.
  • Click 77px.
  • Select Export Favorites. Click 77px.
  • Select the Favorites folder Click 77px.
  • After the Export to a File or Address bulleted item, click 78px. The Select Bookmark File dialog box opens.
  • Navigate to your server storage space on \middfiles.
  • Change the name of your bookmark file to reflect the date of this save, for example bookmark-3-15-2010.htm.
  • Click 77px. The Export to a File or Address field will reflect your choice of filename and location.
  • Click 77px.
  • Click 75px.
  • The message Successfully exported favorites should appear. Click 75px.


  • To save your Signature folder for Outlook:
  • Right-click 54px and select Expore from the pop-up menu.
  • From the View menu, point to Explorer Bar and then select Folders from the submenu.
  • In the Folders list, click on C:\Documents and Settings, then click on your username.
  • Click Application Data, then Microsoft.
  • Slide the scroll bar down so your folder on \middfiles is visible in the Folders list.
  • Click and drag the Signatures folder (if any) in the right panel to your folder on \middfiles in the Folders list.
  • Use the drag and drop to \middfiles procedure to save any other files you will need.

Save this document and use the instructions that follow to help you restore these files to your new computer.

Restoring Saved Files To Your New Computer

  • Login to your new computer.
  • To restore your Favorites to your new computer:
  • Start Internet Explorer.
  • From the File menu, select Import and Export. The Import/Export Wizard opens.
  • Click 77px.
  • Select Import Favorites. Click 77px.
  • After the Export from a File or Address bulleted item, click 78px. The Select Bookmark File dialog box opens.
  • Navigate to your server storage space on \middfiles.
  • Select the file you saved from your old computer.
  • Click 78px. The Export from a File or Address field will reflect your choice of filename and location.


  • Click 77px.
  • You will be asked where to place the imported favorites. Select the Favorites folder.
  • Click 77px.
  • Click 75px.
  • The message Successfully imported favorites should appear. Click 75px.
  • Restore your Signatures folder (if you saved one from your old computer) and any other saved files to your new computer. Your restored signature folder should reside in the following location:

C:\Documents and Settings\your-username\Application Data\Microsoft.

  • IMPORTANT: Close all Outlook windows.
  • Right-click 97px and select Expore from the pop-up menu.
  • Navigate to the Signatures folder in your \middfiles folder so the contents are visible in the right panel.
  • Press 51px + 34px to Select All files.
  • Press 51px + 34px to Copy all files.
  • Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\your-username\Application Data\Microsoft so the contents of the Signatures folder (if any) are visible in the panel on the right.
  • Right-click a blank space in the folder in the pane on the right and select Paste from the pop-up menu to paste the files into your Signatures folder. Click 82px or 81px to confirm replacements.


We encourage you to save all documents created with production software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, in your personal folder on \middfiles. Saving data on our file servers offers the following advantages:

  • Your data is stored on robust central computers that offer password protection for your files.
  • Your data is accessible from any networked computer on campus or through a browser using NetStorage.
  • \middfiles is backed up by someone else so lost files can be recovered. Call the Helpdesk at x2200 to recover a file.
  • The server is periodically scanned for viruses.
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