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Internet Explorer Favorites 101

Create, Manage, and Organize Your Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites


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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. If you don't have Internet Explorer and would like to try it out, download Internet Explorer from Microsoft's Internet Explorer site.

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 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.

Using Your Internet Explorer Favorites

Remember that Favorites icon in the Internet Explorer toolbar? Click on it again, then find the Favorite you'd like to visit. Of course, your Favorites are organized neatly (in a perfect world, that is!) so this should be an easy task.

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.

Organizing Your Internet Explorer Favorites

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:
  1. Click on the Favorites icon, then on the Organize Favorites button.
  2. Select the New Folder button. Pick an intuitive name, such as "Favorite Blogs", and click Ok.
  3. Now, select the Favorite you are wanting to organize, and click on the Move button.
  4. Select the folder you want to move this Internet Explorer Favorite to, and click Ok.
  5. The best way to keep your Favorites useable is to move the Favorite to a folder as soon as you want to add it.

Another Way To Organize Your Internet Explorer Favorites

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. Mine was under Documents and Settings.
  3. And get to organizin'. 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.

Printing Your Internet Explorer Favorites

Printing web pages is 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. Print.Once you have your text selected, press Ctrl, then P. I strongly suggest that you do NOT hit the Print button. 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 on Ctrl, then P, to print.)

Step By Step Picture Tutorial for Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites

For a step by step picture tutorial of the above article, be sure to check out my Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites Picture Tutorial.

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