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    How to import selected cookies (IE6)

    Sorry to start bombarding the lounge with questions arising from getting a new PC, but what better source of advice is there? <img src=/S/salute.gif border=0 alt=salute width=15 height=20>

    I have IE6 under Win 98 on the old PC, and IE 6 under Windows XP on the new one. Both conveniently part of the home network. Is there a way I can import just selected cookies from the old machine? I'd quite like to be able to get sites like Amazon to still recognise me without trying to remember what my user name and password were, but I don't really want to import all the many cookies on the old machine.

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    Re: How to import selected cookies (IE6)

    Hi Ian:
    I can think of a few possibilities that I've listed in order of my preference:

    1. Do you really have that many sites that you want to remember you? If you have a list somewhere, you could delete all your cookies & start fresh. A piece of advice that I got from an Investigator one time was to have a single password of 16 characters that you memorize. He uses that password for all sensitve sites. For all other sites, he uses a single username & password that he writes down. Who cares if someone learns your username & password to enter a forum like WOPR). What can they do...make me sound stupid. I can do that myself. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    2. You can download a product like IE Cookie View. This will allow you to go through & delete the cookies you don't want. Then you can copy over the rest to the C:WindowsCookies folder (or wherever they're kept in XP).
    3. I've been very happy with http://www.roboform.com/. You can create a single complex password (that you memorize) to access Ai RoboForm & it will remember all the sites for you.

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    Re: How to import selected cookies (IE6)

    Internet Explorer will export all cookies to a single file in a format that was first defined by Netscape. This is a text file that you can carefully edit (deleting whole lines seems safe) to get a new file of "most important cookies." Then you can try importing that file onto the new PC. Hope this helps.

    (I recently installed FireFox, and it either failed to import all my IE cookies, or I accidentally deleted them after the import. By editing IE's export file, I was able to recover and transfer over the cookie for which I had forgotten the password. Note: when moving those cookies to FireFox, I have to add a period to the beginning of the host names for those sites. Presumably IE doesn't need any changes to the data in the file... and might protest if you do!)

    Added: It probably is better to edit the exported file in WordPad rather than NotePad. I've had strange experiences with the word wrapping in Notepad becoming actual line breaks in the saved file (I think this was in earlier versions of Windows, but I'm still paranoid).

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