Organizing Your IE 7 Favorites
Another reader asks: Ever since I downloaded Internet Explorer 7, I can’t seem to get my favorites organized like I had them before. Can you please help me?
As a matter of fact, I can! I hope that makes you feel a little better already. You know, like someone is giving you a ray of hope when it comes to your Favorites. Okay, so that may be taking things a little too far, but in all actuality, the Favorites feature is very important when it comes to browsing the Web. If you’ve never added Favorites to your Web browser before, you might want to start now and with Internet Explorer 7’s way of doing things, you’ll never want to stop!
First of all, let me go over how you can add a Favorite to your list in IE 7. It’s pretty similar to IE 6, so I’m sure most of you already know how to do it, but I want to discuss it just in case. When you’re visiting a Web site you want to add to your Favorites list, go up to the top of the page and on the left hand side of the screen, you’ll see a large yellow plus sign (+). Click on that and choose Add to Favorites. You can then rename the Favorite if you’d like and you can choose where you want it to be stored. There’s also the option of making the site available offline. When you have everything set the way you want it, click Add and the site will be added to your list.
IE 7 made the process a little less complicated. Everything is pretty straight forward. It gives you a lot of options when it comes to adding your Favorites as well. Now, let’s move on to how you can get those puppies organized!
If you browse the Web quite often, you probably have several items in your Favorites list already. I know I do! Every time I see a site I might want to look at or refer back to at another time, I click the Add button right away. But, after awhile, my list turns into an awful mess and I can never find anything. It all just becomes one long list to scroll through and that just defeats the whole purpose of the Favorites feature in the first place. So, when it comes to your Favorites, organization is key!
To begin, click on the Favorites Center star, which is located right next to the plus sign you clicked on earlier.
A new window will then appear and you’ll have three tabs to choose from: Favorites, Feeds and History. Click on the Favorites tab to see a list of the Favorites you already have compiled.
Now, you can do a few things here. The best thing though is probably to create different folders for the different categories of Favorites you have. To do that, click on Create New Folder. You can then drag and drop  your Favorites into their rightful folders. For example, if you have several Web sites that deal with sports, make a new folder and title it “Sports.” If you like to travel and you have several sites devoted to that, make one and call it “Travel.” The options are endless, but once you have all of your sites set in place, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for so much faster.
That’s my suggestion for you, but there are several other things you can do with the IE 7 Favorites Center. If you need help, ask the Help file in IE 7. That will get you where you want to go. Also, the Favorites Center is very useful and you may want to leave it up on your browser at all times. That way, you can easily access it and you’ll save yourself a lot of time. But, of course, that’s all up to you!
I hope you can now go and get your Favorites organized and set the way you want them to be. I did it and let me tell you, I couldn’t be happier! My Web browsing is just so much more simple now. Go give it a try for yourself. Who knows, you might like it too!