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Arranging Favorites

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  1. chefbrian

    chefbrian Thread Starter

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    Something simple here that has me scratching my head. I have about 50 or so folders under Favorites in IE. I want to arrange them in alphabetical order to make it easier to find things. Is there a quick way to do this other than drag and drop? Thanks.
     
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    I have 98se and ie6 and to arrange my favorites from a-z you go to start,favorites then right click on anyone of them and choose arrange by name. does this answer your question or have I missed the question?
     
  3. chefbrian

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    Thanks for the reply, Brindle. No, you didn't miss the question - I didn't explain fully. Your suggestion works and I like that shortcut - new one to me. What I've done though is created a whole mess of new folders outside of the Favorites folder. What I'm wondering about is arranging all these folders. Do I have to drag them all into the Favorites folder to arrange them alphabetically or is there a quicker way?
     
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    if they are all together you should be able to highlight the first one move your courser off it hold down the shift key and hightlight the last one....edit......copy......hightlight your favorites folder......edit......paste
     
  5. chefbrian

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    Okay, so what you're saying Brindle is that I have to move everything into the Favorites folder to arrange them? I thought there might be another way, but if that's the only way to do it, I'll do it. That little trick about highlighting all the folders doesn't work too well though!
     
  6. brindle

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    I thought you wanted those folders in your favorites......know what Brindle means? its a greish brown color or an old greying dog
     
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    maybe someone else can jump in here and help the chef out
     
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    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    brindle:
    Your method is a fast way to cut/paste into favorites. But, the result will be that the pasted folders are not in alphabetical sequence.
    They will need to be either put in sequence my dragging and dropping from Explorer (or IE), or using the the Sort by Name option in IE favorites.

    chefbrian:
    Another option is to use an Explorer icon to access them, instead of doing it from within IE itself.

    1. Create a shortcut with the properties of C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,c:\Windows\Favorites and drag it onto your Quicklaunch bar.
    This will open Explorer and let you tailor the view

    2. Same as #1, except drag the shortcut into \Windows\favorites\Links
    And then Select the Links ToolBar to display from within IE.

    Now you can click on the Links icon in the toolbar, select the shortcut and Explorer will start.

    With these methods, the sites will be always sorted and you won't need to periodically Sort Favorites
     
  9. brindle

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    Good advice WhitPhil, thanks
     
  10. chefbrian

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    Cool - WhitPhil! I like Option #2. Learn something new everyday.
    However, I still have to drag 50 or so folders into the Links folder.
    Uh, got any ideas how I can select them all in one shot so I can drag them all into the Links folder in one move ? Selecting one folder at the top and holding down Shift at the bottom doesn't do the job.
     
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    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    First, I don't think you want to drag these new folders into Links. You want to drag them into Favorites.
    The Links suggestion above, would only contain the one shortcut that runs Explorer, that would in turn open Favorites in an Explorer Window.

    The easiest way to copy???

    Open two Explorer windows and then shrink the windows so that both are open on the desktop.
    Position one so that Favorites is available, then from the second drag and drop each folder on top of Favorites.

    (assuming that these folders will then be "high level" folders within Favorites. That is, when you open Favorites, you want to see these "50" at the next level. If not, then drag and drop the various 50, into the particular folder within favorites. If you really have 50 that you want to move in, may I suggest you create higher level categories in order to make finding these a lot easier. Categories such as Graphics, Sound, Reference, etc., then within these, create sub category folders. Eg: Under Reference, create folders such as Books, Auction Sites, Cars, Search Engines, Sports, Cooking, etc. In this way it "should" be easier to find things. And, you can use Explorer to reorganize these folders and/or urls anytime by just dragging and dropping them into the correct folders)
     
  12. chefbrian

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    Gotcha. Thanks. Today has been a revelation.
     
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