Do you search the Web using Internet Explorer? If you want to save a site that you enjoy to come back to later, and you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, then you need to learn how to use your Internet Explorer Favorites. Internet Explorer Favorites, also known as bookmarks, are simply a way of saving a site that you like so you can find it later without going on the Web to search for it. It's also a great system for organizing your search efforts in manageable folders.
Find a site you enjoy in your web search travels, and would like to save for future reference.
Click on the "Favorites" icon in the Internet Explorer toolbar.
You'll see either a drop down menu or a left side screen window pop up, depending on which Favorites icon or button you selected (there are two). Select "Add", and click OK.
In my own experience, it's best to organize your Internet Explorer Favorites as you add them by collecting them in folders. Otherwise you'll have a unwieldy mess that is more trouble than it's worth.
Sometimes you'll come across a Favorite that you have no use for, and can't really figure out why you added it in the first place. This is where the Delete key comes in handy.
Click on the Internet Explorer Favorites icon, and select Organize Favorites.
Select the Favorite you want to delete, and click on the Delete button.
You'll be asked if you are sure you want to delete this; click Yes.
Seriously, do this as soon as you add a Favorite and your life will be much easier. I have at least 300 stray Favorites from my time spent searching the Web that I need to organize right now and I'm not looking forward to it! So, do as I say, not as I do. Organizing your Favorites in folders is easy:
Click on Favorites, then on the Organize Favorites button.
Select the Create Folder button. Pick an intuitive name, such as "Favorite Blogs", and click Ok.
Now, select the Favorite you are wanting to organize, and click on the Move button.
Select the folder you want to move this Internet Explorer Favorite to, and click Ok. (The folder you just created will be at the bottom of the list)
The best way to keep your Favorites organized is to move the Favorite bookmark to a folder as soon as you add it.
NOTE: There is no easy way to sort your list of favorites. However, you can highlight a folder or bookmark and "drag" it to any location you want. Or, once you have added your bookmark to your favorites and/or folder and closed the Organize Favorites window, you can then click on Favorites and right click on any link or folder and left click on SORT BY NAME.
Another way to organize your Favorites is:
Right-click on the Start option in your toolbar; then select Explore.
Select your Favorites folder from your hard drive. Mine was under Documents and Settings.
And start getting organized. I find this way MUCH faster than doing it through Internet Explorer's semi-hokey method. You can organize folders, add new folders, and delete en masse.
NOTES: The "Organize Favorites" Dialog is expandable. For as long as I can remember, the "Organize Favorites" Dialog window has not been restricted to the size displayed when the window opens. It doesn't show the typical signs of not being a fixed dialog window, but it is not a typical dialog window. You can stretch it in any direction to your heart's content. Place your mouse at either end or corner until it turns into a double black arrow.
Click here watch a movie on how this works.
Drag a frequently-used favorite from your Favorites list to your Links toolbar. This technique makes the Web site easily accessible to all who use the computer. Try this, for example, with a search engine that you use regularly. Once the favorite is visible on the Links toolbar, you can rename it by right-clicking it and typing in a new name. Important: To make your Links toolbar appear at the top of the screen with the other toolbars, go to the View menu, click Toolbars, and then Links.
Drag a favorite Web site from the Favorites list to your desktop, so that you and other users can get to the Web site directly from the desktop. To do this, resize the Internet Explorer window so that you can see the desktop and the Web site at the same time. Then click the icon next to the URL in the Address box, and drag it to the desktop.
Easier yet, is Send a favorite to your desktop. Open Internet Explorer, then click on Favorites and then navigate to the Bookmark you want to "Send" to the desktop. Once you find this Bookmark, right click on the Bookmark and left click on Send To. Choose Desktop (Create Shortcut).
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