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...although, having said that, I bet I get loads of replies from you guys saying that you *did* already know this!

I sent a help request to the del.icio.us team having not found the answer in the help pages or FAQ. Yeah, I know, I may just have missed the answer there.

How do I import all of the bookmarks from my various computers (mac, *nix and 'doze) and their various different browsers into my del.icio.us?

I could find nothing on this in the help or FAQ but the phrase 'imported bookmarks' appears a lot with no indication on how to import them...


I have just had a reply by email, no more than ten minutes later!

Thank you for writing to del.icio.us customer support.

You can import or export bookmarks from or into del.icio.us in form of a HTML file. Most browsers are capable of importing or exporting those files as well.

If you wish to export your bookmarks from del.icio.us so you can back them up or import them into your browser:

- Go to the del.icio.us site and login with your username and password

http://del.icio.us

- Click on 'Settings' in the top right

- On the next page, under the 'Bookmarks' heading, click on 'export / backup'

- Select if you want to include your tags and notes in the exported file and click on 'export to HTML'

- You should now be prompted to save the file. Select a location where you can later find the document and select 'save'.

You have now exported your bookmarks into a file on your computer, which you can import into your browser bookmarks if you wish:

For Mozilla Firefox go under 'Bookmarks' to 'Organize Bookmarks', then in the Bookmark Manager go under 'File' to 'Import', select 'from file' and choose the HTML document you exported from del.icio.us.

For Internet Explorer go under 'File' to 'Import and Export', then select 'Next', choose 'Import Favorites' and 'Next' again. On the following page click on 'browse', locate the HTML document you exported from del.icio.us, then click 'Next' again and 'Finish'.

If you wish to import your browser bookmarks into del.icio.us you need to first export them from your browser into a HTML document.

For Mozilla Firefox go under 'Bookmarks' to 'Organize Bookmarks', then in the Bookmark Manager go under 'File' to 'Export' then select a location where you can later find the document and select 'save'.

For Internet Explorer go under 'File' to 'Import and Export', then select 'Next', choose 'Export Favorites' and 'Next' again. On the following page select the bookmark folder you wish to export (or just click 'next for all), then select a location to save the exported file on the following page by clicking on the 'Browse' button, then select 'Next' and 'Finish'.

Now you can import this HTML document with your bookmarks into del.icio.us:

- Go to the del.icio.us site and login with your username and password

http://del.icio.us

- Click on 'Settings' in the top right

- On the next page, under the 'Bookmarks' heading, click on 'import / upload'

- Now select the HTML document you have exported from your browser, select the appropriate options below and click on 'import now'.

- del.icio.us is now importing your bookmarks--this is a process which can take several minutes to complete.

Your bookmarks should now appear in del.icio.us under 'my bookmarks'.

Please let us know if you have any further question.

Thank you again for writing to del.icio.us customer support.

Regards,
Dennis
del.icio.us Customer Support

For answers to other questions you may have regarding del.icio.us, please see:

http://del.icio.us/help/



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