Internet ExplorerLinks Toolbar

Links toolbar is a quick and easy way to access your favorite Web pages without entering the Favorites menu.

How to display the Links Toolbar Within Internet Explorer 6

From the View menu select Toolbars and then slide down to Lock the Toolbars. Click there to remove the check mark and your toolbars will be unlocked.

 

After unlocking the Links toolbar you should notice a change to the left of the words Links. On the toolbar in this example you now see four vertical dots. On some computers you will see a vertical bar. The Links toolbar is now ready to be moved down.

Put your mouse pointer directly over the vertical dots or vertical bar. Your mouse cursor should change from an arrow to a double headed horizontal arrow. On some computers the mouse pointer turns into a four headed arrow. Either cursor will allow you to move the Links toolbar down.

Click once with the left side of your mouse, leave the mouse button depressed and drag straight down. The toolbar should be displayed below the address bar of Internet Explorer.

 

How to display the Links Toolbar Within Internet Explorer 7

You may want to have the Links toolbar showing so that you can easily access certain web sites. To show the Links toolbar:

  1. Click the down-arrow to the right of Tools.
  2. Click the right-arrow next to Toolbars and select Links:

    toolbars drop-down list

  3. You will now see the Links toolbar displayed:

    Links toolbar displayed

    Put your mouse pointer directly over the vertical dots or vertical bar. Your mouse cursor should change from an arrow to a double headed horizontal arrow. On some computers the mouse pointer turns into a four headed arrow. Either cursor will allow you to move the Links toolbar down.

    Click once with the left side of your mouse, leave the mouse button depressed and drag straight down. The toolbar should be displayed below the address bar of Internet Explorer.

     

Adding a website

You can now add either direct web site shortcuts to the Links toolbar, or you can add a category folder and use that to organize your sites by adding them into that folder. This saves you from having to always open/close the favorite task pane along the side, because you can now just store tons of favorites right on this convenient toolbar.

When you want to save a special site link to Links, just be sure to select it from the list when you choose Favorite > Add, as you can see below.

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Notice the blue Internet Explorer just to the left of the web address (URL). It looks like a document with a blue e pasted on it. With the left mouse button, click on the blue IE icon and drag it down onto the Links toolbar. If you drag it to a place where something else is sitting, your mouse pointer becomes the International symbol for No, a circle with a diagonal slash in it. That means, "No, you can't let go of your mouse button yet."

If you drag the blue E icon to a space between other links, your mouse pointer turns into an I beam, a black vertical line. This means, "Yes, you can let go of your mouse button."

A second or two after you release the left mouse button, the new link will pop up. In the example below the name of the link is much too long. Put your cursor over the link and click on the right mouse button [right-click]. From the pop-up menu, select Rename and type a new name. I named the link i4c rather than Internet4Classrooms.

 

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