Internet Explorer Favorites 101

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Many people search the Web using Internet Explorer, a popular web browser. 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 again. It's also a great system for organizing your search efforts in manageable folders. If you don't have Internet Explorer and would like to try it out, you're too late. Microsoft discontinued IE and replaced it with Microsoft Edge. If you are on a Windows 8 or newer computer, you already have it. Thankfully, the Favorites works basically the same as it did with IE.

How To Create A Favorite in Internet Explorer

  1. Find a site you enjoy in your web search travels, and would like to save for future reference.

  2. Click on the "Favorites" icon in the Internet Explorer toolbar.

  3. 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.

  4. In our own experience, it's best to organize your Internet Explorer Favorites as you add them by collecting them in folders. Otherwise, you'll have an unwieldy mess that is more trouble than it's worth.

Remember that Favorites icon in the Internet Explorer toolbar? Click on it again, then find the Favorite you'd like to visit. 

Organizing Your Favorites

Organizing your bookmarks is very easy. Click on the Favorites button on the far left side of your browser window.

  1. Click on the Organize Favorites button. You'll see a pop-up window labeled Organize Favorites.

  2. Select the Create Folder button. Pick an intuitive name for the group of favorites that you are organizing, such as "Best Reference Sites", and click Ok. The trick with making folders is you need to pick something you'll be able to figure out later; so try to be as obvious as possible.

  3. Select the Favorite you are wanting to organize, and click on the Move to Folder button.

  4. Once you click on the Move to Folder button, a pop-up window will appear labeled Browse for Folder. This pop-up window will contain all the folders that you've ever made. If this is your first time organizing your Favorites than you probably just have the one folder in there that you made with the previous step. Select the folder you want to move you Internet Explorer Favorite to, and click Ok.

  5. That's it. Now your stray Favorite has been nicely organized into a folder, where you can add more Favorites that pertain to that folder's subject as you come across them while searching the Web. This is an invaluable skill for anyone and you've just accomplished it!

Another way to organize your Favorites is:

  1. Right-click on the Start option in your toolbar; then select Explore.

  2. Select your Favorites folder from your hard drive. Ours was under Documents and Settings.

  3. You can organize folders, add new folders, and delete en masse here.

Deleting Your Internet Explorer Favorites

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.

  1. Click on the Internet Explorer Favorites icon, and select Organize Favorites.

  2. Select the Favorite you want to delete, and click on the Delete button.

  3. You'll be asked if you are sure you want to delete this; click Yes.

Printing Your Internet Explorer Favorites

Printing web pages are easy. However, that being said, you probably don't want graphics intensive ads all over your information. Here's how to do it without the extra junk:

  1. Select your text. You can do this by holding your mouse button down and moving it over the text, or you hit Ctrl A. However, if there are graphics on the page, Ctrl-A will get the graphics as well.

  2. PrintOnce you have your text selected, press Ctrl, then P. You will not be able to narrow down your selection. Instead, if you punch in Ctrl P, you'll be able to select the radio button that says "Print Selection." You'll only print out what you have selected this way. (The Ctrl button is located on the bottom left of your keyboard. Press Ctrl, then P, to print.

  3. You can also use the incredibly useful website utility to make sure you're only printing out what you want from the webpage