This process is relatively straightforward and only has to be done once.
- Use Firefox to go to www.aol.com and sign in there with your AOL screenname and password.
- If you are asked at the upper right to "try new aol.com," click there.
- Click on AOL Favorites under My Links at the upper left.
- In the window that opens, you'll see a column at the left with two tabs, Feeds and Bookmarks.
- Click on Bookmarks, then click the Import Bookmarks link at the bottom.
- In the window that opens, click on the link to import your Favorites from your AOL software. They will now appear in the list of your Favorites at www.aol.com.
- Now, click on Export Favorites. This creates an HTML file of all of your Favorites that Firefox can recognize and import. (It cannot import directly from the AOL client software because your Favorites there are in a proprietary AOL format that other software cannot understand. But it can do so from www.aol.com.)
- Remember where you have saved this file.
- Now that you have the HTML file, you can use the Firefox bookmarks menu to import your list of bookmarks into Firefox.
- Under Firefox's Bookmarks menu, click on Organize Bookmarks.
- In the window that opens, there a several small icons above the right-hand list of bookmarks (which may be empty). On the Mac the icon you want to click on is the rightmost one that looks like a star. On Windows it may appear differently, but one or the other of these icons will offer you the option of importing from an HTML file.
- Click on Import HTML, then on From an HTML File.
- Browse to the file you created in Step 6, and confirm your choice.
- Your AOL Favorites should now appear in a folder to the left in the Firefox Bookmarks window.
- AOL may have thrown in some additional bookmarks, but you can now edit them as you like in this Firefox window.
- Note that any Favorites you had that were related to AOL's own client software will likely not work. Bookmarks in any browser are generally meant to
refer to Internet URLs, not to internal AOL addresses. However, on aol.com, you can navigate to these AOL places and bookmark them in Firefox.