Quick Solutions: Organize Your Internet Explorer Favorites

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Quick Solutions:  Organize Your Internet Explorer Favorites

 I was just starting to research an article that I am going to write.  When doing so, I usually create an Internet Explorer Favorites folder to hold all of the related material.  However, expediency often intervenes and I just “favorite” something without putting it into a folder.

As I am beginning my research, I realize that my Internet favorites are extending a full two screens.  I’m never able to find anything after I favorite it or it’s way down below my existing screen and takes too much time to get to. 

So, I am going to share with you a quick technique that will not take over 2 minutes and will allow you to get back to what you’re doing.  It will allow you to start anew with your favorites but maintain access to your old favorites. 

And, oddly, the best place to organize your Internet Explorer favorites is not within Internet Explorer. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to your c: drive.  (If you don’t have a shortcut for c: access, do this:  START |  ALL PROGRAMS  |  ACCESSORIES  |  WINDOWS EXPLORER)
  2. Expand My Computer (click the plus sign)
  3. Expand Local Disk (C:)
  4. Expand Documents and Settings
  5. Expand YourUsername (for example, mine is Richard) 
  6. Expand Favorites
  7. Click once on Favorites
  8. Up at the top-left of your screen, choose File |  New |  Folder
  9. Type Old Favorites
  10. Click again, just once,  on the Favorites Folder on the left side of the screen
  11. Then in the right navigation pane (right side of the Window), click on one of the icons.  Then, choose Edit  |  Select All
  12. Now you want to de-select the “Old Favorites Folder” that you just created.  To do this, hold down the CTRL key, and click once on this folder.
  13. Now at the top of your screen choose Edit  |  Cut
  14. Double-click the “Old Favorites” folder.  In the blank space in the right pane, right-click your mouse, and choose Edit  |  Paste. 
  15.  If you are prompted with a dialog box about desktop.ini, choose “Yes to all”.

That’s it.  You’re done.  Congratulations.

Now, all of your favorites are in the old favorites folder and you can start anew with your favorites while still having access to your old stuff.   Plus, all of those “built-in” favorites from Microsoft that nobody uses are now all gone.

I like this technique.  It’s a little bit like throwing all of your dirty clothes in the closet rather than cleaning them.  It’s not the cleanest solution but it allows you to get on with your day! :)

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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is writer, traveler, and web content developer.

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