If you are connected to the internet, there are probably some websites that you visit regularly, and you want to be able to access them quickly. This is the reason why web browsers have bookmarks: to make a list of your favorite websites and to give you quick access to them whenever you want to visit them. In Internet Explorer, bookmarks are called Favorites and learning how to manage them can be a bit tricky. In this article, we will teach you how to access your favorites, how to add new ones and how to organize them in the desktop version of Internet Explorer:
How to access your favorite websites in Internet Explorer (for desktop)
In Internet Explorer, you can access your Favorites by clicking or tapping the little star icon from the top-right corner of the window. If you like using your keyboard, you can also simultaneously press the Alt + C keys to open your Favorites list.
You should then see a window named Favorites Center: it displays your list of Favorites, your RSS Feeds, and your browsing History. In this tutorial, we are talking only about the Favorites tab.
If you want to close the Favorites Center, click or tap anywhere outside it.
How to add a web page to your Internet Explorer favorites
To add a web page to Favorites, you must first visit it in Internet Explorer. Then, open the Favorites Center and click or tap on the "Add to favorites" button.
In the "Add a favorite" dialogue, set a name for the new favorite page. You can choose to stick with the default name or edit it using the Name text box.
Then, choose where you want to save the new bookmark. By default, it is saved in the Favorites folder, but you can choose to place it in any other folder or subfolder using the "Create in" drop-down list.
Note that you can also create a new folder to place your favorite page: if you want to know how to create a new folder with favorites, read the next section of this tutorial.
Once you have chosen a name and a save location, click or tap on the Add button to save the web page to your Favorites. Otherwise, if you want to cancel adding the page to your Favorites, click or tap on the Cancel or Close buttons.
How to create a new folder of favorite web pages in Internet Explorer
To create a new Favorites folder, open the Favorites Center and click or tap on "Add a favorite." Then, in the "Add a Favorite" dialogue, click or tap on the "New folder" button.
You should now see a new dialogue window called "Create a folder." In it, type the name of the new folder and select its location, using the "Create in" drop-down list.
Click or tap Create to finish creating the new folder.
How to add multiple web pages to your favorites at once
You can also add all your opened tabs to your Favorites at once. However, they can be added only by creating a new folder for them. You cannot use an existing folder when you add multiple web pages to your favorites.
To do this, first, open all the web pages that you want to add to your favorites. Each web page should be opened in a separate tab. Then, open the Favorites Center and click or tap on the Down arrow next to the "Add to favorites" button.
In the new menu, click or tap "Add current tabs to favorites."
Choose a name for the new folder using the Folder Name text box, then a parent folder using the "Create in" drop-down list, and click or tap on Add to finish the process.
How to organize your Favorites from Internet Explorer
After you have added all your favorite web pages or any other time you see fit, you may want to organize them better. To do that, open the Favorites Center and click or tap on the Down arrow, next to the "Add to favorites" button.
Then, click "Organize favorites…".
In the Organize Favorites window, you can create new folders for your bookmarks, as well as move, rename and delete favorites and folders as you like. Let's see how each of these actions is done:
To create a new favorites folder, click or tap on the "New Folder" button and then type a name for it.
To move a favorite web page or a favorites folder to another location, select it by clicking or tapping on its name. Then, click the Move button, select its new location and click or tap on OK.
To rename a web page or folder, select it, then click or tap the Rename button. Type its new name and press Enter on your keyboard, or click/tap anywhere on a blank space.
To delete a favorite web page or favorites folder, select it, then click or tap on the Delete button. Note that you are not asked to confirm your action when you delete an item from your Favorites.
When you finish organizing your bookmarks, close the "Organize Favorites" window with click or tap on the Close button.
Are you still using Internet Explorer?
If you are still using Internet Explorer on a regular basis, knowing how to handle your list of Favorites is essential. You can have an easier time accessing your favorite web pages, and you know how to organize them better when your list is growing. If you have something to ask on this matter, please do so in the comments section. If we can help you, we promise we will.