Transfer Recipes/Cookbooks from Backup Location

My computer had to be reset. How do I transfer my recipes from my backup location and into MasterCook?

Your cookbook files are the .mc2 and .mcx files and the Type is MasterCook Cookbook and MasterCook Cookbook Images. The .mc2 and .mcx cookbook files from an older version of MasterCook can be used with the any newer version of MasterCook. This article explains how to back up your files.


You copy those cookbook files from the backup location, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc., and paste them into the My Collection folder that is inside the Public Documents folder on your computer. Then you refresh MasterCook, so it will see what you added to its folder.

All versions of MasterCook 5 and Greater expect those cookbook files to be within their own My Collection folder on your computer. If you installed MasterCook 2020 onto your computer at the default installation location, you will find the My Collection folder on your computer at this location:

C:\Users\Public\Documents\MasterCook 20\My Collection

Follow the numbered steps below to add your cookbook files to MasterCook 2020.

  1. Open the C drive on your computer.
  2. Open the Users folder.
  3. Open the Public folder.
  4. Open the Documents folder.
  5. Open the MasterCook 20 folder.
  6. Open the My Collection folder.
  7. Place a copy of your .mc2 and .mcx cookbook files into this My Collection folder.
  8. Then start up MasterCook 2020 on your computer and go to the Cookbooks screen.
  9. Select Refresh File List from the Tools menu.

This will make your cookbooks appear in the program. If you have menus or meal plan files, those are the .mnu and .pln files. They can also be copied into the My Collection folder and refresh MasterCook as explained above.

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