Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and organizing favorites (aka bookmarks), part of Up and Running with Internet Explorer.
- In this movie we're gonna talk about bookmarks, but we'll use the word that Internet Explorer uses, which is Favorites. If you visit a webpage often, and you don't want to type in the address every time, you might wanna set that page as a favorite. Or if you wanna keep a record of a webpage that you plan to come back to later, you can set it as a favorite. Favorites are just a way of saving a link to a webpage, and there are a few ways to create and access your favorites. So first I wanna activate the Favorites toolbar, and we talked about activating bars earlier in the course.
What you do is you right-click up here at the top of the window next to the tabs, and you can see the options here. So I want to activate the Favorites bar, and now I can see that here. It's currently empty, but it's gonna be useful in just a minute. Ultimately you may decide that you don't want to use the Favorites bar, so you can always turn it off later. But I wanna keep it here for now so we can get a full picture of our options as we look at favorites. First I wanna go to a website that I want to bookmark, and actually the website that I'm on now, this will work just fine.
If I wanna bookmark this page, I go to the Favorites button, which is up here in the top right corner. It's the button that looks like a star. I'm gonna click on that, and this little window pops up. This is called the Favorites Center, and there are three tabs here, Favorites, Feeds and History. We're gonna look at History later in the course. I just wanna stick with Favorites for now. If I wanna add this page to my Favorites, what I need to do is hit the Add to Favorites button. I could give this a name or change the name that's currently there.
I'm just gonna trim this down so it just says Explore California. And then I can choose where I want to save it. I could either save it in Favorites or my Favorites Bar. For now I'm just gonna save it straight in Favorites. And I'll hit Add. So now this page is bookmarked, and I can go to any other page, let's say I go over to Wikipedia, and I'm doing some surfing here. I do a search. You know, I'm just kinda browsing around, but I wanna go back to that page that I bookmarked. So all I need to do is go to the Favorites button up here in the top right.
I click on that. I can see that that page is stored here in my Favorites. I click on it, and I go straight there. Great, so now anytime I need to go back to a favorite'd page, I can click on the link right there in my Favorites. And I don't even have to think about the address for that page. Internet Explorer remembers the address for me. Now if you're gonna work with a lot of favorites, you might wanna keep the Favorites Center open. To do that we're gonna click on the Favorites button here, and then there's this button over here on the left.
If I hit that, it will pin the Favorites Center over to the left side of the window, so it'll stay open. So I could click on any of my bookmarks here, and it'll take me straight to those pages. And as I'm browsing around I can just leave that there. Let's bookmark another page so we can see some more options. So I'm gonna click on the address bar, and I'll type in the address for another webpage. I want to favorite this. Instead of hitting the Favorites button up here, since I already have the Favorites Center here on the left side, I can just hit Add to Favorites over here.
I'm gonna trim down the title a little bit. And this time instead of saving it straight to Favorites I'm gonna save it to my Favorites Bar, and I'll hit Add. So this is why I wanted the Favorites Bar on screen. You can see now this button is right here in the Favorites Bar, and I can get to it very quickly. So if I were on some other website, like maybe the Explore California page, I could go straight to the kinetECO page by clicking on the favorite right there in the Favorites Bar. There are a few other ways to add something to the Favorites Bar.
Let's go to another webpage. When I have a page open like this, if the Favorites Bar is currently active, I could just hit this button here, the little star button in the Favorites Bar, and it will add that straight to the Favorites Bar. Now in this case I did not get the opportunity to change the title. It just dropped it straight in there. If I wanted to rename it, I could always right-click on this, hit Rename, and then I could trim this long name down.
And I'll actually just leave it as Two Trees, and there we go, we're all set. Let's look at another one. This time I'm gonna go to Wikipedia, and instead of hitting the button, I can grab the little icon next to the address in the address bar, and I can drag that down and drop it on the bookmarks bar. So there are a few really convenient ways of dropping something straight into the bookmarks bar. I'll go to one more page, and this time I wanna show you that as long as the Favorites Center is pinned, I could drag an icon down to the Favorites Center as well, and that will work.
So let's finish up by getting our Favorites organized. The more pages you favorite, the more cluttered this might get. First let's think about folders. You'll see that there is one folder here, and it's called Favorites Bar. And it contains all of the favorites that are in my Favorites Bar up here. So the Favorites Bar is actually just a folder here. You can also create new folders to keep things organized. All you need to do is right-click in this panel, but it behaves a little strangely. If I click anywhere in this white space, it doesn't work.
But if I right-click on one of my existing favorites, then I find the option to create a new folder. So I'll do that, and I'll call this folder Clients. And so I can drag any of these favorites into that folder. Now in this case I didn't drop it right on the folder, so let me do that again. I'll drag it, make sure I'm right on top of it, then I'll drop it. I don't see the contents of this folder until I click on it, and there we can see that there. So let me grab my kinetECO link, and I'll drop that there, and my Two Trees link as well.
Now I moved those out of the Favorites Bar and into the Clients folder. So depending on how you wanna keep things organized, you might wanna keep these in the Favorites Bar 'cause you can access them quicker. Or you might wanna keep them in a specific folder to keep them more organized. Or another thing you might do is take an entire folder like this, this folder I made called Clients, and I could drag that up to the Favorites Bar. So now I can access any of these favorites straight from the Favorites Bar just by clicking on the folder that I put there.
And now we can see that this folder is inside of the Favorites Bar folder. Another thing that's really nice here is the option for Open in tabs. If I click on that, it opens up all of the pages from that Favorites folder into separate tabs. This is really handy. On my computer I keep a Favorites folder with links to the websites where I need to go to pay my bills every month. My car insurance, my credit card company, my student loan and so on. I can go into that Favorites folder in the bookmarks bar, and I can just hit Open in tabs and open all of those pages in tabs at the same time.
Then I can just work through those pages one by one and pay my bills for the month. And of course, at this point if you prefer you can close the Favorites Center just by clicking on the X up here, and that goes away. And you can continue to use Internet Explorer with the full window. And if you ever need to go to the Favorites Center, you know where to get to that, just by hitting this button in the top right. So now I can access any of my favorites from the Favorites Center. I can pin them, or if I have them stored in the Favorites Bar, I can access them right there.
- Using tabs
- Setting the homepage
- Disabling the pop-up blocker
- Working with bookmarks
- Understanding cookies and the cache
- Saving passwords
- Browsing privately
- Installing add-ons
- Using the touch version of Internet Explorer