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Published on 05.03.06 by Brent Trahan

Internet Explorer Favorites

Learn how to use and configure favorites in Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).

The favorites section of Internet Explorer 7 is where you save your favorite websites for later viewing.  This guide shows you everything you need to know when using and organizing your favorites in Internet Explorer 7.

Pin or Not Pin

If you click the yellow star on the top left of the Internet Explorer 7 window the favorite’s window (shown below) will open un-pinned by default.

You can click the pin button (green arrow pointing left on the top right of the favorites window) to pin the favorites window on the left side of the Internet Explorer 7 window.  Pinning the favorite’s window on the left side of the window makes it where the favorite’s window is always showing.  People who use high resolution screens can use this feature.

The screen shot below shows the favorite’s window pinned.

If you don’t choose to pin the favorite’s window it will close as soon as you click a link in the favorite’s window.

If you want to un-pin the favorites window simply click the gray x at the top right of the favorites window.

Adding Favorites

There are two ways you can add favorites.  The first way is while you are on the page you want to add to your favorites click the + sign next to the yellow star.  Select add to favorites.

Give your favorite a name next to name.  If you want to save that favorite in a specific folder inside your favorites window drop down the create in window and select the folder you want to save it in.  If you need to create a new folder in your favorite’s window click the new folder button.

Give your folder a name in the folder name box.  If you want the new folder to be located in another folder already located in the favorites window drop down the create in box and select the folder you want to save it in.  Click create when you are finished.

The second way to add a favorite is to click the e or site graphic to the left of http://www… in the address bar with your left mouse button and while holding down your left mouse button drag the site to your favorites.

Organizing Favorites

Once you have lots of favorites you’ll need to organize them so that you can easily find them.  There are a few ways to perform the tasks I’m about to show you.  The way I’m about to show you is the easiest in my opinion.

Create a New Folder

You can create folders to organize your favorites into groups.  Click on any favorite or folder in the favorites section and select create new folder.  A new folder named new folder will appear.  You can give it a name while it’s highlighted or right-click the new folder and select rename.

Moving Things Around

You can easily move favorites or folders.  All you have to do is point to a link or folder you want to move, click it with your left mouse button and while holding down the left mouse button move the favorite or folder to the place you want to put it.

If you want to place something in a folder that is in a folder you have to move the favorite or link to the folder that the folder is in.  Try saying that three times fast.  When the folder expands, drop the favorite or folder in the folder it needs to go in.

Sorting

You can quickly sort favorites and folders in ABC order by right-clicking any folder or favorite and selecting sort by name.

If you want to sort favorites or folder that are within a folder you have to expand that folder (click on it so you can see what’s inside) and right-click a favorite or folder within that folder and select sort by name.

Deleting

To delete a favorite or folder simply right-click the favorite or folder you want to delete and select delete.

Misc. Features

You can open all the favorites within a folder at one time in one window by right-clicking that folder and select open in tab group.

To rename any favorite or folder simply right-click it and select rename.

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  1. Jay says:

    When I open the list of favorites from the “add” menu, they are not in Alpha order. They are in Alpha order in the “click to go to web site” menu. Anyone else have this problem?

  2. Brent Trahan says:

    I’m sorry, but I’m having trouble following what you’re trying to do. Could you try explaining your problem again?

  3. Marilyn says:

    Please, please tell us how to put the list of favorites in the “add” menu in Alpha order. Also, is there a way to prevent “add favorites” from showing all the folders in the “opened” state? It’s very confusing with a lot of favorites. I would much prefer to open only the one I need!

  4. Brent Trahan says:

    To sort the favorites in alpha order, right-click a link in your favorites and select “sort by name”. To sort favorites located in a folder, expand the folder, right-click a link inside the folder and select “sort by name”.

    As far as I know all the folders in Internet Explorer 7s favorites section don’t stay in the “opened” state. Once you close IE7 they all “close” the next time you open your favorites.

  5. Jonathan Tice says:

    My IE7 seems to sort favorites by alpha/name at random times. I will have them organized and the next time I open the program they are re-sorted. Can I turn that off? I want to keep them in the order I put them, and know they will stay that way.

  6. Jay says:

    The questions and comments below by Marilyn are the the same questions/problems I had with IE7 but she did a better job of explaining the problem. Could not get an answer or fix, so I removed IE7, and went back to IE6. I can not work with an “Add” index/list that is not in alpha order and collapsed to start. My list is VERY long. Sorting the list from the “View to open” or initial view DOES NOT PROVIDE A SORTED LIST WHEN TRYING TO ADD A NEW FAVORITE!

    “Please, please tell us how to put the list of favorites in the “add” menu in Alpha order. Also, is there a way to prevent “add favorites” from showing all the folders in the “opened” state? It’s very confusing with a lot of favorites. I would much prefer to open only the one I need!

    Comment by Marilyn on 12.17.06. ”

    Brent, your comments below do not address our problem.

    “To sort the favorites in alpha order, right-click a link in your favorites and select “sort by name”. To sort favorites located in a folder, expand the folder, right-click a link inside the folder and select “sort by name”.

    As far as I know all the folders in Internet Explorer 7s favorites section don’t stay in the “opened” state. Once you close IE7 they all “close” the next time you open your favorites.”

    IE6 favorites “add” menu works properly. The ONLY IE6 change I need is the option to rapidly jump or drag the selector in the “Open” list view the same way it works in the IE6 “Add” view.

    Jay

  7. Brent Trahan says:

    I checked in the Microsoft community and this is a bug in IE7. You can work around this bug by typing the first letter of the folder you’re looking for once you press “Add to favorites” and drop down the “Create in” menu.

    Hope this helps out.

  8. Aric says:

    I’m glad to find other people having the same problem with the Create In/Add list not being alphabetized. The only fix that I have found is to export the favorites, open the bookmark.htm file with a text or html editor, cut and paste the favorites into alphabetical order (I used FrontPage in HTML view – NOT normal view – since there are tags that need to be moved as well and I didn’t want FrontPage adding any extra tags – i.e. a whole section from Computer…), and then import the favorites. It’s a BIG pain to do this, but it works. The whole time I was wondering how MicroSoft missed this in their testing – it took me about 1 minute after installing IE7 to find this problem.

  9. Aric says:

    OK, the HTML tags didn’t display correctly, so I’ll use square brackets. It should read i.e. a whole section from [DT][H3 FOLDED ADD_DATE=”1096951859″]Computer[/H3]Computer…[/DL][p]),

  10. Windows Explorer for VISTA does not sort by name – or at least in a way that makes any sense!

    I would expect alpha numeric sorts to go like this:
    0a, 0b, 3973cds, 9th

    and this works in vista “dos” (cmd)

    but in windows explorer,
    i think it takes the size of the file name (or something?) and really messes me up !

    0a, 0b, 9th, 3973cds

    if anyone can explain this,
    or better still, give a registry tweak
    (windows xp tweak works great – but the same registry keys are missing in vista!)

    thank you

    jerrold
    [email protected]
    http://www.schiffkey.com
    aka
    computer virus removal

  11. Morten says:

    Hi!

    I have a “funny” problem with my favorites in IE7. I have all my Favorites organized in folders and when I click one folder (A), the folders expands to show all favorites in that folder. When I click another folder (B) to view the favorites in that particular folder, I want to configure my IE7 to un-expand folder (A) and expand folder (B). This is allready working on my company laptop, but I don’t know how, can any1 help me?

    /Morten

  12. Brent Trahan says:

    Does your company laptop have the same OS and version of IE?

  13. Finlayson says:

    Here’s a faster way of dealing with this ridiculous problem/bug:

    Problem: In IE7, when one tries to ‘Add a Favorite’, the folders in the dropdown ‘Create In’ list are NOT shown in alphabetical order. They are jumbled, in no apparent order. With any more than a few Favorites, it becomes very difficult to locate the correct folder in which to place the new Favorite. One correspondent above suggests exporting the Favourites and then manually editing the resulting HTML file into an alphabetical list prior to importing back into IE7. With a long list this is very time-consuming and liable to human error at the sorting and copy/paste stages.

    Solution: Make sure you have Firefox installed. Install it if necessary.

    Export Favorites from IE7 to file ‘bookmark.html’. Close IE7. Now use Windows Explorer to manually delete favorites from IE7 listings so none are left. (Find your favorites in C:\Documents and Settings\Your_user_name\Favorites).

    Import ‘bookmark.html’ into Firefox. In Firefox, now go to ‘Organise Bookmarks’. In the bookmark organiser window that opens, now delete, re-sort, and tidy your Favorites as appropriate.

    In the same window, then go to File > Export and export all your bookmarks from Firefox to a new file ‘bookmark_ff.html’.

    Now open IE7, and go to File > Import and ‘Import’ ‘bookmark_ff.html’ into IE7. All your re-sorted listings should appear in the IE7 Favorites list

    Now, when adding a favorite, all folders should be as you ordered them in the Firefox bookmark organiser.

    Any problems, use you original ‘bookmark.html’ file as a backup to import your original favourites back into IE7.

    The whole problem is inexcusable, and the above exercise may need to be repeated at intervals, but it takes me less than two minutes to go through the stages of : Export > Import > Re-sort > Export > Import

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