The Favorites Menu in Internet Explorer is a great way to save and organize webpages. The most common way to add a website to your Favorites Menu is to click on Favorites in the menu bar and click on Add to Favorites.
The problem with working with the Favorites Menu is that it gets it gets bloated with websites. Of course, you can organize your websites by creating folders. But, then your Favorites menu gets bloated with folders.
I have dozens of folders, and dozens of folders in folders, and dozens of folders in folders in folders. And then there are all the websites that I didn’t want to take the time to place in a folder and they are just sitting there in the root directory (that means they aren’t in any folder). And then when I want to find a website I have bookmarked some months earlier, it takes me hours looking through all those folders trying to find it,
OK – there are some other neat ways to bookmark websites than using the cumbersome Favorites Menu. The Links Bar is a great way to bookmark websites that you use frequently (or even not so frequently). The Links Bar is built into Internet Explorer. If you aren’t using the Links bar, you should be. It will revolutionize your usage of the internet. I have written a Tech Tip on how to set up the Links Bar and use it. Read this Tech Tip here:
Another way to save a website for quick and easy access is to save a shortcut to the website on your desktop. There are actually 3 different ways to do this.
Go to the website in Internet Explorer and right-click on the website in any empty part of the page. A popup menu will appear. Click on Create Shortcut. The short cut to the website will be created on the desktop - complete with a neat little custom icon if the website developer created one. Whenever you want to visit that website, just double-click on the icon on your Desktop.
Another way to add a website to your desktop is to simply right-click on the Desktop in an empty area. A popup menu will appear. Point to New and then click on Shortcut. Now type the URL (the website address) in the blank. (Example: www.marshalladulteducation.org). Click on Finish. You can change the name from the generic name, New Internet Shortcut, to the actual name of the website.
And still another way to create a shortcut to a website on your Desktop is to use the Drag and Drop method. Go to the website and make the Internet Explorer window smaller by clicking on the Restore button (the one next to the red X in the upper right-hand corner). You need to see part of the Desktop behind the Explorer window. Click on the icon in the Address Bar next to the word Address and drag it to the Desktop. A shortcut to the website will be created on the website.
You can create a folder on the Desktop and put your favorite links in that folder for easy access. Try creating some shortcuts on your Desktop for quick an easy access to some of your favorite websites.
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