How To Enable The Favorites Bar & The Favorites Center In Internet Explorer

Some people frequerntly use the favorites/bookmarks feature in their browser and have a pretty complex system for organizing them. If you would like to start using them too in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, then you should know how to enable the Favorites Bar and/or the Favorites Center. We will show you how to that, in this tutorial:

How To Enable The Favorites Bar In Internet Explorer

If you have used the Favorites feature in Internet Explorer before, you probably know that there's always a folder called Favorites bar that may confuse you. Why is there a Favorites bar folder if I am already in my Favorites folder?

Well, the explanation is that the Favorites bar folder is special because you can show all the folders and web pages it contains right under the address bar, just like a bookmark bar in other web browsers. This is also the reason why every time you try to delete it, the folder is created again the next time Internet Explorer is opened.

By default, the Favorites bar is hidden. To enable it, you have to open Internet Explorer 11. If you don't know how to do this, please check the How to Start Both Versions of Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1 section in this article.

Then, right-click on the top side of the Internet Explorer window.

Click the Favorites bar in the right-click menu.

As you can see, the Favorites bar is shown beneath your tabs and you can easily access your Favorite pages by clicking on them.

How To Enable The Favorites Center In Internet Explorer

The Favorites Center is really useful as it allows you to organise and access all your Favorite web pages in one place. To make the most of it, you can choose to pin it to the browser window and use it as an extended Favorites Bar, where you can access all your Favorite pages.

To do this, you must open the browser and click the "View favorites, feeds, and history" icon (the little star) on the top right corner of the Internet Explorer window. The Favorites Center is now shown.

Click the "Pin the Favorites Center" button in the top left corner of the Favorites Center.

The space reserved for loading web pages is now reduced because the browser window is split between them and the Favorites Center, as shown in the screenshot below.

You can access all your Favorite web pages and folders by clicking the corresponding link in the Favorites Center.

If you think that the Favorites Center takes too much from your browsing space, you can resize it by dragging and dropping its right side border.

To close the Favorites Center when it is pinned, click or tap the little X symbol on its top right corner.


If you get to use Internet Explorer on a daily basis, having a quick way to access your favorite pages is a must. We recommend that you try both methods for pinning your list of Favorite websites and pages and then choose the one that best suits your needs. For more information about using Internet Explorer please check the articles recommended below.