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My Favorites List is Missing

My Favorites List

Losing your favorites list is extremely frustrating. Whether you've lost your favorite list of website addresses in Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or even your smartphone's browser, the loss of your favorites is often tricky to recover from. You may need to dig around your file system in search of an accidentally moved file, check your Recycle Bin to see if it was accidentally deleted, or attempt to restore it from a backup (assuming one exists). If you can't find your missing My Favorites list, you may have no other choice than to try data recovery tools or recreate it from scratch.

The problem with re-creating your My Favorites list from scratch stems from the whole reason most people create a favorites list in the first place: It's difficult to remember the URLs of even our most favorite websites. Sure, you can remember Google.com easy enough, but what about that government report with the long URL containing numerous hyphens and cryptic words? In addition, if the list was extensive, you may not remember which sites to start searching for as you attempt to rebuild it.

Fortunately, there may be a workaround. For example, desktop www.favorites-folder.com are often shortcuts to the underlying folder. When shortcuts go missing, they are easy to restore by creating new ones. Unfortunately, there are many different favorites list types, operating systems, browsers, and devices. This means that the steps to get the files back vary. Try the following steps to look for your missing My Favorites list.

My Favorites List - Google Chrome

Google Chrome stores the My Favorites list in a file on your computer. This file is named Bookmarks. Before moving forward, it's smart to first check the Recycle Bin to see if the file somehow ended up getting deleted. If it's in there, right-click it and choose Restore.

Not only does Chrome store your favorites locally, it also stores a backup file of Bookmarks named Bookmarks.bak. By default, these files are stored on your hard drive under your Users folder. In order to look for these files, make sure that Windows Explorer is set to "Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives." In Windows Vista and above, you do this by launching Windows Explorer, clicking Organize >Folder and Search Options > View and clicking "Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives." for recovery of www.favorites-menu.com click here.

From there, navigate to C: Users\ {Your User Name}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default. Are both Bookmarks files there? If so, the main file may be corrupt and unusable. Rename it Bookmarks.old and then rename the Bookmarks.bak file to plain Bookmarks. The backup file will now become your new My Favorites file.

My Favorites List - Android

Android phones typically include a Favorites icon that you can click to take you directly to your Contacts page without the hassles of navigating through a series of menus. The Favorites icon is frequently accidentally deleted. Fortunately, it's just a shortcut link that can easily be restored – once you know where to look. What you need to do is get into the "Add to Home Screen" menu. Do this by tapping and holding the home screen. A menu will appear prompting you to add items to the home screen. In this case, you want to add a shortcut, so tap Shortcuts followed by Dialer. Now tap Favorites. Confirm your choice if prompted.

Depending on your Android phone, you may also be able to restore your favorites by tapping and holding a blank section of the screen, selecting Folder, and scrolling down and selecting Starred. This will place a folder of all of your favorites that you have previously "starred."

My Favorites List - Blackberry

The Blackberry Browser does offer support for bookmarking your favorite websites. This favorites list works in much the same way as traditional Web browsers in that it stores the URLs on the device for future reference. If you use the Blackberry Desktop Software and synchronize your Blackberry with your computer (or if you use the built-in media storage option), the software creates a backup of the favorites list. If your My Favorites list on your Blackberry is missing, then you can restore it by connecting your device to your computer and using the Blackberry Desktop Software.

Once connected, click on Device > Restore. You will be prompted to select a backup file to restore. Choose Select Device Data and Settings and browse for your favorite browser bookmarks backup. Click Restore to restore the backup to your device. If you previously stored the backup file to your built-in media storage, you will need to select "Files saved on my built-in media storage" before browsing for the backup and clicking Restore.

My Favorites List - Firefox

Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox stores your My Favorites file in a folder on your hard drive. In this case, the folder is located in: C:\users\ {Your User Name} \AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles. The Profiles folder contains several files. Click on the one that ends with ".default." The *.default folder is supposed to contain the Bookmarks.html file by default. If the file is there, it may be corrupt and therefore unusable. If not, it may have been deleted in which case you should check the Recycle Bin to see if it can be restored.

In addition, the *.default folder also contains a folder named Bookmarkbackups. This contains the last ten backups. The easiest way to restore your missing Mozilla My Favorites file from a backup is in the Mozilla browser. Click the Bookmarks button and select Show All Bookmarks. Click Import and Backup followed by Restore. Choose the most current backup date to restore the file. You can use this same technique in reverse to create manual backups periodically.

You can also copy and paste your Bookmarks file (the one located in the C:\users\ {Your User Name} \AppData\Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles folder) to a USB drive or some other form of media to transfer your My Favorites file to a different computer.

 

 

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