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Before getting a new computer, most people want to make sure they get everything they really need off of their old computer. This can mean:

  • Documents (including presentations, spreadsheets, etc)
  • Songs and Videos
  • Pictures
  • Email address book (Contacts)
  • Web page Bookmarks (Favorites)

Everything in your “My Documents” folder will be accessible from your new computer, so this is an ideal place to move items you want to keep (My Documents actually “lives” on a UVM server somewhere, not inside your computer).

To open your “My Documents” folder, select it from the Start menu (in some version of Windows, select “Documents” from the Start Menu, then open the My Documents folder).

Pointing up Tip: Drag and drop items to your My Documents folder to copy them there. Hold down the shift key while you click and drag in order to move items there instead.

Note that the “Pictures” folder is already inside your “My Documents” folder by default.

Also, if you have more than a handful of songs or videos to save, you may find that your My Documents folder is not big enough to hold them all (since it lives on a UVM server, there are limits). In this case your best bet is to copy these items to a portable storage device like a CD, DVD, or USB drive.

Saving your address book and bookmarks requires a couple of extra steps. But this stuff is easy-peasy


To Save your Email Address Book / Contacts

A. If you use Mozilla Thunderbird for email:

Select “Address Book” from the Tools menu:


In the Address Book window, select the name of the name of the address book you want to keep. Then select Export from the Tools menu. Give the file a name of your choice and save it in your “My Documents” folder. The file type should be “LDIF.” Do this for each address book you want to keep. REMEMBER THE NAME AND LOCATION OF THIS FILE.



B. If you use Outlook Express or Windows Mail for email:

  • Open Windows Live Mail.
  • Click Contacts folder, click Export button and select comma separated values (.CSV).
  • Give the file a name of your choice and save it in your “My Documents” folder.
  • Click Next and select all the fields that you want to export, click Finish button and wait for the export process to be completed.

    Note: The most common fields are First Name, Last Name, Email address and Telephone. If you are not sure about the information just select all the fields.


    To Save your website bookmarks or favorites

    A. If you Use Mozilla Firefox Web Browser:

    Open the Bookmarks menu (or select Bookmarks from the Firefox menu) and select  “Show All Bookmarks”.


    Select All Bookmarks on the left-hand side of the Bookmarks window


    From the “Import and Backup” menu, select “Export Bookmarks to HTML.” Then save the file (“bookmarks.html” is the default file name, but you can rename it if you want) to your “My Documents” folder. This will ensure it is accessible from your new computer. . REMEMBER THE NAME AND LOCATION OF THIS FILE.

    B. If you use Internet Explorer Web Browser:

    (these instructions are for Internet Explorer 9…other versions may have slightly different methods)

    • Select “Import and Export…” from the File menu.
    • Select Export to a File
    • Select Favorites
    • Select the folder that you want to export your Favorites from.
    • It will ask you where you want to save your Favorites, which it will save in a file named bookmark.htm.  Make sure you save the file to your My Documents (aka “MyDocs”) folder. REMEMBER THE NAME AND LOCATION OF THIS FILE.
    • Click Export.
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