18 Comments to How to Manage & Use Your Favorites in Windows Explorer or File Explorer

  1. Kris says:

    How can I download favorites to an external hard drive?

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Copy and paste?

  2. Jeff says:

    Had a shortcut to a network share and the location is no longer available. When I try and delete the favorite Windows Explorer locks up. How do I delete the shorcut?

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Use the instructions in the “How to Restore the Default Favorites” section, at the end. Then add back the new shortcuts you want to have there. Whatever you do, do not touch the invalid shortcut, to avoid freezes and so on. 🙂

    2. Ashish says:

      Click on the “Favorites” shortcut there, that will open an explorer window with the shortcuts as items. There you can just single click select, and delete it.

  3. ARH says:

    A Microsoft spelling speciality: Favorites or Favourites?
    Sometime between Win XP and Win 8.1, Microsoft experimented with changes to the spelling of this “star”-icon folder, changing from favorites to favourites.
    Also, note that there are exactly two different folders called “favourites” in Win 8.1:
    – one refers to the bookmarks for Internet Explorer, stored in C:Users[User]Favorites.
    My PC has two default subfolders called “Favourites Bar” and “Other favourites bookmarks”. Interestingly, the File Explorer address bar shows another spelling, namely [User]Favourites !
    – the favourites “star”-icon folder refers to shortcuts stored in C:UsersAlexLinks.
    Great Microsoft terminological fruit salad.

  4. Rich says:

    Totally agree ARH, but thanks for explaining as it’s helped me pin my [file explorer] favourites to my taskbar in Windows 8.1

  5. Ed says:

    I still can’t figure out how to move Win 7 Favorites to a folder so I can record them on a disc or jump drive like I could do in XP

  6. Diane de Viron says:

    This doesn’t work on my computer. My favorites folder is empty, when I click on “restore favorite links” nothing happens and when I try to add a shortcut it does not work.
    Any idea what I can do?

  7. Jatinder says:

    Thanks for sharing..!!

  8. Ouam says:

    I don’t think it enhances the productivity at all.
    I work with windows 7 all the days and I regret the time when favorites were in the menu bar.
    Why ?
    Simply because I work with big and deep trees in the explorer and the favorites are at the root (understand at the top) of the navigation panel and it doesn’t “follow” with your navigation in the tree.
    When they were in the menu bar, they were always availiable and you didn’t have to scroll until the top to see and use them.

  9. Gord says:

    I am now upgraded from 7 to windows 10, I have imported my favorites list from IE and all are there ,however in a different order. Being a large list it has become hard to find the ones I use most frequently. Can anyone tell me how to change the order of the list to have my frequently used ones at the beginning?

  10. Clarealice says:

    Hi, is there a way to organise favourites quickly and in bulk? I often have heaps in my favourites folder and would love a way to bulk-delete shortcuts from the Favourites list, rather than right-click on each one, 1 at a time.

  11. Kayjay Embee says:

    Your explanation was so simple and clear. I can’t believe how poor Help is for Microsoft programs. Please keep it up.

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Happy to help. 😉

  12. Sripal says:

    Good guidence

  13. RangerZ says:

    I notice that the Windows default favorites, if deleted, will reappear at some point in the future. I assume its due to a Windows or Office update. I am looking to prevent this from changing MY favorites.

  14. vivien walsh says:

    why has favourites column shrunk,cant seen to alter it cheers

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