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Synchronizing Bookmarks between Mozilla and Internet Explorer

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By Bryan Nahrwold

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Posted: 5 Oct 2004
 

There are already solutions for using iFolder to synchronize Internet Explorer Favorites. However, since I use both Linux and Windows on a regular basis on numerous computers, I needed a way to synchronize my bookmarks on different browsers (Mozilla and Internet Explorer). The solution:

  1. Create a folder in your iManager directory structure for your most used web pages. I called mine www.
  2. Create an index.html file in www (see this sample file). It has links to three other pages which do not exist. They can be created by copying and renaming index.html.
  3. To add a link, simply copy and paste one of the <LI> lines and alter the actual web page and alter the name of the link in the <LI> line. You can also exit the categories as you wish.

To make index.html your home page on Internet Explorer:

  1. File -> Open -> Browse (then browse to index.html in your iFolder structure and open it).
  2. Tools -> Internet Options, then click "Use Current"
  3. Do this on all instances of MS Internet Explorer that you want to default to this home page. Alternatively, you can add a bookmark to this index.html file in "Favorites".

To make index.html your home page on a Mozilla-based browser (NetScape, Firefox, etc):

  1. File -> Open File -> (browse to the index.html file in your iFolder structure and open it).
  2. Tools -> Options (or possibly Edit -> Preferences)
  3. On the General Tab, Click "Use Current Page"
  4. Do this on all instances of Mozilla-based browsers that you want to default to this home page. Alternatively, you can add a bookmark to this index.html file in "Bookmarks".

The shortcoming to this method is that you manually have to edit these index files to add links, as no plugin exists for both types of browsers to update these files from a toolbar.

The benefit is that once you add a bookmark to these html files on any synchronized browser, your same bookmarks are available on every computer you have setup with iFolder, regardless of the type of browser in use.

Now if only someone would write a toolbar plugin for both MS IE and Mozilla to update html files instead of MS Favorites or Mozilla Bookmarks....


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