Are you confused about where your favorites list is in file explorer? The thing is you are not the only one. So let’s help you find what you are looking for. On Windows, two types of favorites are saved on your computer. They are Internet favorites which are used as bookmarks in Internet Explorer. The second is links to local folders, which appear in the Favorites section when exploring your hard drive. The good thing is that you can customize both sets of favorites to make it easier to reach commonly accessed locations, both online and on your computer.
The Favorites Folder
Microsoft Integrates Internet Explorer into Windows in many ways. It also includes storing the Web browser’s favorites list to the Favorites folder in your user account folder. You can locate this folder when you open the folder with your username, just the same way you reach the My Documents folder. Or on the other hand, you can press “Windows-R” and run the command “%userprofile%)Favorites” to open it directly. Any web links placed in this folder will just pop up in IE’s favorites list, but not the favorites or bookmarks lists in other browsers.
Favorites Within Internet Explorer
If you want to see your favorites while using Internet Explorer do this:
- Click on the star icon and open the “Favorites” button.
- The list matches the contents of your Favorites folder.
- To save the current website to the list, click on the “Add to Favorites” or press “Control-D”, Links saved within the Favorites Bar subfolder appear on a toolbar in IE.
- Then right-click on the blank area close to the address bar. Pick “Favorites Bar” to turn this bar on or off.
The Links Folder
When browsing through local folders in Windows, the sidebar will display a Favorites section right at the top of the folder tree. By default, this list includes common locations like desktop. Now Windows stores this list in the Links folder in your user account folder.
- Simply press “Windows-R”
- Type “%userprofile%) Links” into the Run box to open it directly.
- The locations listed in the Links folder are shortcuts, not actual directories. As such you can delete or change them without affecting your actual files.
Adding Favorite Folders and Files
To add the currently open folder to the Favorites list:
- Right click on the “Favorites” header
- Choose “Add Current Location to Favorites”
- To delete a folder, right-click it in the Favorites list and choose “Remove”.
- To rearrange items in the list, drag them.
You can also add individual files to the Favorites list:
- Simply open the Links folder and, in another window, the folder containing the file.
- Use the right mouse button to drag the file into the Links folder.
- Choose “Create Shortcuts Here”.
- Just like it is with folders, you can later remove files from your Favorites without losing the actual files.
The above-detailed information applies to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11. However, it may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products. So if you are using any versions mentioned here, you are welcome to try out these steps.