Lesson 10   Saving and Transferring Bookmarks



Scenario

       You have bookmarked several sites on your home computer and would like to take your bookmarks from home to school (or vice versa). Or, you would like to give someone a copy of your bookmarks. What to do???? Here are two options:

  1. Save your Bookmark file to a floppy disk and then transfer (import) it to another computer or use the Bookmark file right off the disk.
  2. Send your Bookmark file to another computer via e-mail.
The really neat thing is that they will be saved (and sent) as active hypertext links! (Just like they are in your browser!)    :-)


In Windows 95

  1. Make sure you have a floppy disk in your floppy drive.
  2. Go to the Bookmark Window where your bookmarks are saved by doing the following:
    • In Netscape 3.0X, pull down the Window menu and select Bookmarks.
    • In NS Communicator 4.0X, pull down the Communicator menu -> Bookmarks -> Edit Bookmarks, or click on the Bookmark button near the address box and select Edit Bookmarks..
  3. Once you are in the Bookmark Window, pull down the File menu and select Save As.
  4. "Bookmark.htm" should appear in (default to) the File name box and HTML Files should appear in the Save as type box.
  5. Select your A: drive from the Save in box and then click on OK.

Tah da! You have just copied your bookmarks to a disk. ***You may want to change the name from "bookmark.htm" to something that identifies them as yours, such as "johnsbookmarks.htm". You can then do one of the following:

  • Import this file into the Bookmark file at school (or where ever) by doing the following:
    1. Put your floppy disk (with your saved bookmark file on it) into the floppy drive of the computer to which you want to transfer the bookmarks.
    2. Go to the Bookmark Window in Netscape (Window -> Bookmark for NS 3.0X; Communicator -> Bookmarks -> Edit Bookmarks for NS 4.0X).
    3. Drop down the File menu and select Import.
    4. Select your bookmark file from your floppy disk (which is in the A: drive...you will have to change the Look in box to the A: drive).
    This will put your bookmarks in the Bookmark Window of the new computer.
-OR-
  • Use this book mark file right from your floppy disk (without importing it into the computer) by doing the following:
    1. Put your floppy disk (with your saved bookmark file on it) into the floppy drive of the computer to which you want to transfer the bookmarks.
    2. Go to Bookmark Window in Netscape (Window -> Bookmark for NS 3.0X; Communicator -> Bookmarks -> Edit Bookmarks for NS 4.0X)
    3. Drop down the File menu and select Open Bookmarks File.
    4. Select your file from your disk (which is in the A: drive...you will have to change the Look in box to the A: drive)
    This will make your bookmark file the active bookmark file, however, it will be operating off your disk and will not be on the hard drive of the computer you are using.


On the Mac

Follow the same directions as above or:

  • From the Bookmark Window, you can drag any bookmark (or bookmark file) to a disk and it will be saved.


Via E-Mail

Sending the Bookmark file:
To send Bookmarks through e-mail, send the bookmark file as an attached file:

  • In NS 3.0X, the bookmark file (bookmark.htm) is found in the Netscape folder

  • In NS 4.0X, the bookmark file (bookmark.htm) is found in Netscape folder -> Users -> your profile (the NS folder is most likely found in your Program files in the C: drive)
Receiving and Opening the Bookmark File:
  • In WebMail, the bookmark file will show up as all attachments do, as a single link at the bottom of the e-mail. Open it by clicking on it. This should open the file in a browser window and will show up as a list of hypertext links. This IS the bookmark file in HTML (hypertext markup language).

  • In NS Mail, the file will most likely show up as a list of hypertext links right in the recipient's email, as opposed to a single attachment link at the bottom of the page. This IS the bookmark file in HTML (hypertext markup language). You will need to drop down the File menu, select Open Attachments and select the attachment. This should open the file in a browser window and it will show up as a list of hypertext links. This IS the bookmark file in HTML (hypertext markup language).
Saving the Bookmark File:
Once the bookmark file is received and you have opened it in a browser window, you (or the recipient) must do the following:
  1. Drop down the File menu and select Save As.
  2. Save this as a file somewhere on your hard drive. Either rename it or save it somewhere besides your NS folder.
Opening or Importing the Bookmark File:
  1. Go to Bookmark Window in Netscape (Window -> Bookmark for NS 3.0X; Communicator -> Bookmarks -> Edit Bookmarks for NS 4.0X)
  2. Drop down the File menu and either:
    • select Open Bookmarks File and find the file that you just saved. This will keep this file separate from the bookmark file already on the computer.
      -OR-
    • select Import and find the file that you just saved. This will put the bookmarks together with the bookmarks that are already on this computer.
Practice all of the above techniques.


Assignment AdvNS 9 - Save and Transfer BM
       Now that you have saved several bookmarks on the computer you are using, do the following:

For Cumulative Assignment (Final)
Send one of the following to the instructor of record - Sandy Turner (SCILnet Training Coordinator; turner_s@fortlewis.edu):

  • your cumulative bookmark file (from this module) as an attachment via e-mail (turner_s@fortlewis.edu). Review the directions above if you cannot remember where the bookmark file is located.
  • the floppy disk with your cumulative bookmark file (from this module)
For Practice:
  1. If you have not done so already, copy your bookmark file to a floppy disk.
  2. Practice importing them into another computer (if you are at home, you may need to do this at school)

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