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Internet Explorer 9 Favorites

How to use Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar and Favorites Center in Windows Vista and 7

By . Last modified: 2013-04-09.

Favorites are links to the web sites or web pages you visit most often. For example, if your Internet Explorer home page is set to Google, but you also visit YouTube every day, you can add a link to YouTube to your Favorites for quick access.

All created favorites are actually normal files and subfolders in the Favorites folder of your user profile - Users folder in Windows Vista and 7. In case you need to perform a major cleanup or rearrangement, it might be better to use Windows Explorer for this task.
Windows 7, Windows Explorer. Internet Explorer Favorites are located in user profile folder of Users.

To add a currently open page to any folder of Favorites, use keyboard shortcut CTRL+D or right-click on the page contents and select Add to favorites... from the menu.
Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9. To add a favorite, right-click the page contents and select Add to favorites.

Add a Favorite dialog appears. You can change the new favorite's Name and destination folder (Create in) before clicking Add. By default, the link will be created in Favorites Center.
Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, Add a Favorite. Click Add to put the link to Favorites Center.

Favorites Center can be accessed using keyboard shortcut ALT+C or clicking the View favorites, feeds, and history button on the right.
Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9. Favorites button on the left opens Favorites Center.

Internet Explorer 9 has Favorites Bar hidden by default. If you have many favorite links and you are accustomed to using Favorites Bar, right-click an empty space in Internet Explorer 9 Title Bar and click Favorites bar to display or hide the good old bar.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites. To show or hide Favorites bar, right-click an empty space in Title Bar and select Favorites bar.

Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar

To create a link in Favorites Bar, click Add to Favorites bar button.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. Click Add to Favorites bar button to add a link to the bar.

The link then appears as a button on Favorites Bar. You can now click the button to open the web page in currently active Tab. If you want to open it in a new Tab, right-click on the button and select Open in New Tab or hold down Ctrl key and click the link. To open the favorite in a new Tab and switch to it immediately, hold down Ctrl and Shift keys while clicking the link. Holding down Shift key while clicking the favorite opens it in a new window.

Using folders in Favorites Bar

You can also create folders in Favorites Bar - this is especially useful because its space is limited. For example, you can add music-related web sites into a folder named Music and news-related sites into a folder named News. When you click on a folder name on Favorites Bar, the list of favorites opens and you can click on any of the links there to open it in currently active Tab or new window.

Here is a folder named Search Engines open in Favorites Bar. You can also click Open in tabs to open all links in the folder at once.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. You can add folders to Favorites Bar to save space.

To add a folder to Favorites Bar, right-click on any link or folder present there (Suggested Sites and Web Slices work, too) and select New folder.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. To create a folder in Favorites Bar, right-click on any present link and select New folder.

Create a Folder dialog opens. Type in a name for your folder and click Create button.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. Type in a name for your folder and click Create.

Now the folder appears on Favorites Bar.

To add a link in the folder created, press Ctrl+D on your keyboard to add the currently open web page.
Add a Favorite dialog opens. Click on the down arrow button of Create in box and select your folder from the list.
You can also change the name of the link in Name box. Click Add button to put the link in folder you selected.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. Add a Favorite dialog (Ctrl+D). After selecting destination folder for the Favorite, click Add.

In case you already have links that you want to move to the new folder on your Favorites Bar, click on the link and hold mouse button down. Then drag the link on the destination folder and release mouse button.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. To move an existing favorite to a folder on Favorites Bar, click and hold on the link and drag it onto the folder.

You can also open all links in a folder at once in a colored Tab Group by right-clicking on the folder and selecting Open in tab group.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. To open all links in a folder at once in a colored Tab Group, right-click on the folder and select Open in tab group.

Sizing items on Favorites Bar

If Favorites Bar get really crowded, you can choose to display shortened titles or just icons by right-clicking on a link and selecting Short titles or Icons only from the from Customize title widths.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. To make items smaller or larger on Favorites Bar, right-click the bar and select a setting from Customize title widths.

Renaming links and folders on Favorites Bar

By default, all links added to Favorites Bar get their names from the web page title they link to unless you rename these in the Add to Favorites dialog. Sometimes the titles are short (for example, just "Google"), sometimes they contain way too much information or strange capitalization. In latter case, it is better to rename them.

To rename a link or folder, right-click on it and select Rename.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. To rename a link or folder, right-click on it and select Rename.

Type a new name and click OK button.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar, Rename. Type in a new name for the link or folder and click OK.

Removing links or folders from Favorites Bar

If you want to delete a link or a folder from Favorites Bar, right-click on it and select Delete.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar. Right-click on a link or a folder and select Delete to remove it from Favorites Bar.

Internet Explorer will then ask whether you want to delete the item or not. Click Yes to delete it.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Bar, Delete. Click Yes to confirm deleting a link or a folder.

Windows moves deleted items to Recycle Bin - favorites are actually normal files in the Favorites folder of your user profile (Users folder in Windows Vista and 7). If you accidentally removed something, you can always recover it from there. Read about using Recycle Bin in Windows here.

Favorites Center

While Favorites Bar can include links to many web pages by using folders, its space is still limited. In case you need to have myriads of links it is better to use Favorites Center for the less used ones and keep only the everyday links on Favorites Bar.
You can click any link in Favorites Center to open it in currently active Tab. To open a link in a new Tab, right-click it and select Open in New Tab or hold down Ctrl key and click the link. To open the favorite in a new Tab and switch to it immediately, hold down Ctrl and Shift keys while clicking the link. Holding down Shift key opens the link in a new window.

You can display Favorites Center in two modes:

  • Normal - Favorites Center hides a right part of currently open web page. After you click on a link there, Favorites Center disappears and you can see the whole webpage again.
  • Pinned - Favorites Center opens in a separate frame on the left and web page contents move to the right. In this mode, Favorites Center remains always open.

View favorites, feeds, and history button is the middle button on the right side and it opens Favorites Center in normal mode, just like using keyboard shortcut Ctrl+I or Alt+C.
Internet Explorer 9. View favorites, feeds and history button opens Favorites Center in normal (unpinned) mode.

In normal mode, Favorites Center hides the right part of open web page. You can change the mode to pinned by clicking the Pin the Favorites Center button or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+I on your keyboard.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center in normal (unpinned) mode. Click the Pin the Favorites Center button to pin it.

When Favorites Center is pinned, it is always visible in a separate frame and therefore it does not hide webpage contents. To open Favorites Center in pinned mode, use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+I. You can close Favorites Center by clicking the X button on the top right of the Favorites Center frame or by clicking the Favorites button on Favorites Bar or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+I again.
You can resize Favorites Center by moving mouse pointer onto the right side of its frame so that the mouse pointer turns into an arrow pointing to the right and the left. Then click and hold left mouse button, drag the frame to the position you like and release mouse button.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center in pinned mode. Click X button on top right of the frame to close Favorites Center.

Adding new favorites to Favorites Center

On the top of the Favorites Center frame is Add to favorites button. When you click it, it acts just like using Ctrl+D keyboard shortcut and opens a usual Add a Favorite dialog. Click Add to put the link in Favorites.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. Clicking Add to favorites button opens Add a Favorite dialog.

You can still select a different folder for the link from Create in: box before clicking Add button.

There is also a down arrow mark on the right of the Add to favorites button. When you click on it, you can add the current web page to Favorites Bar by selecting Add to Favorites bar command.
If you have more than one Tab open, you can use Add current tabs to favorites... command to create a new folder in Favorites Center and add links to currently open web pages there.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center, Add Tabs to Favorites. Type a Folder Name and click Add.

Renaming links and folders in Favorites Center

To rename a link or a folder in Favorites Center, right-click it and select Rename.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. To rename a link or a folder, right-click on it and select Rename.

Type in a new name for the item and press Enter key on your keyboard to confirm name change.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. After Rename command type in a new name for the item and press Enter on your keyboard to confirm.

Using folders in Favorites Center

To create a new folder in Favorites Center, right-click on any item already present there and select Create new folder.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. To create a new folder, right-click on any item already present and select Create new folder.

Type in a name for the folder and press Enter on your keyboard to confirm.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. After clicking Create new folder command, type a name for the new folder and press Enter key on your keyboard to confirm.

To add a link to the newly created folder, press Ctrl+D on your keyboard, select the new folder from Create in: box and click Add button.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. Add a Favorite dialog (Ctrl+D). After selecting destination folder for the Favorite, click Add button.

If you want to move an existing link to the new folder, click and hold on the link and drag it on the destination folder. Then release mouse button.

To open all links in a folder in a new colored Tab Group, right-click on the folder and select Open in tab group.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. To open all links in a folder in a new colored Tab Group, right-click on the folder name and select Open in tab group.

You can also copy a folder to Favorites Bar. This does not mean that the two folders will be kept synchronized, so it is best to delete the folder from Favorites Center after copying it to Favorites Bar.
To copy a folder to Favorites Bar, right-click on the folder and choose Add to Favorites bar.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. To copy a folder from Favorites Center to Favorites Bar, right-click on the folder and select Add to Favorites bar.

Add to Favorites Bar command applies to links, too. Because there is no reason for keeping the same link in two places, delete the link from Favorites Center after copying it to Favorites Bar.

Deleting links or folders from Favorites Center

To remove a link or a folder, right-click on it and select Delete.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. To remove a link or folder from Favorites Center, right-click on the item and select Delete.

Internet Explorer will then confirm the action. Click Yes to remove it.
Internet Explorer 9 Favorites Center. After clicking Delete command, Internet Explorer will ask if you want to delete the item or not. Click Yes.

Windows moves deleted items to Recycle Bin - favorites are actually normal files in the Favorites folder of your user profile (Users folder in Windows Vista and 7). If you accidentally removed something, you can always recover it from there. Read about using Recycle Bin in Windows here.


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