Working With Favorites in Windows 10
We have had quite a few people who can’t find their Favorites in Windows 10. We assure you they’re still there. Windows 10 makes Microsoft Edge the default browser, but Edge still uses Favorites. Let’s take a look.
If you upgraded to Windows 10 and did not change your default browser in Settings—>System–>Default programs, the you’re going to be using Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is new in Windows 10 and will eventually replace Internet Explorer – of that’s the plan anyway.
Edge can be confusing to those who are used to IE. Some people mistake the Edge shortcut for the Internet Explorer shortcut. The Edge shortcut is very similar to IE but has stylized e .
Here we’ll show you
As we said, if you have not gone to Start button — Settings—> System–> Default programs, you’re not using IE, you’re using Edge. But Edge still uses “Favorites” but it takes some finagling to the Favorites up so you can see it and use it.
So, with Edge open, click the 3 dots in the top right corner (under the X) and then click Settings. See?
In Settings, under Favorites settings, click “View favorites settings”. See the screenshot below:
In Favorites settings, turn on “Show the favorites bar”…and be sure to import your favorites from any other browser you had installed before you upgraded. Oh, don’t worry, they’re still installed, it’s just that Microsoft wants you to use Edge. So if you upgraded all you favorites/bookmarks are still there for you.
Select the browsers from which you wish to import your settings and favorites/bookmarks and click “Import” (Image above).
And looking up, you’ll see the Edge Favorites bar (highlighted in yellow). Any bookmarks or favorites you imported from Internet Explorer or other browsers will show up when you click “Imported”. (No EB, it’s not like imported wine!).
So regardless of how obfuscated they might be in Microsoft Edge you still have your Favorites.
EB’s favorite bar is the Edge Bar in downtown Grand Rapids. That’s in Michigan.
OK let’s take a look at Internet Explorer Windows 10. First of all, we’ll tell you up front that Microsoft has tried to hide IE in Windows 10. There are no shortcuts to it anywhere. But you can make shortcuts to IE, quite easily. Click on the Start button and start typing Internet Explorer. Yes, that’s right, just start typing with the start menu open. When you do you’ll see this:
Click “Pin to Start” to add IE to your Windows 10 start menu. Click Pin to taskbar to add it to your taskbar. If you want a shortcut on your desktop too, click “Open file location”, right-click on iexplore.exe and choose “Send to Desktop (create shortcut). Now you have all kinds of shortcuts to IE.
So, open IE, using any of your brand new shortcuts. You won’t see the menu bar, because Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, thinks you don’t need it, and wants to use to use the gear icon. But NOOOO…we don’t care what they want. We want the menu bar with “File” “Edit” “View” “Favorites” “Tools” and “Help” on it. So, look at the image below and sing along with Mitch. Right-click where it says “Right-click” and check Menu bar and Favorites bar” Are we old fashioned, yep. And proud of it. Anyway, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out when you enable the Menu bar it’s not hard to find Favorites, right. and with the Favorites bar enabled you can see you most often accessed Favorites. But the Menu bar is key.
For those who want to organize their favorites, just click on “Favorites” in the Menu bar. The Favorites folder opens. Right-click inside that folder and choose “Sort by”
Do you want them from Z to A? Choose “Name” and “Descending”. Do you want them A to Z? Choose “Name” and “Ascending”. See the screen shot below.
You can sort your Favorites in several different ways. Most of us will want to choose to sort the alphabetically by name – and we’ll want to choose Ascending (from A to Z), unless you’re backward like EB, then who knows what you’ll choose.. maybe you’ll sort by type and have a mess – after all,most all of them are shortcuts, right?
Firefox and Chrome users, have no fear. We’re going to show you how to work with your bookmarks in upcoming posts. So stay tuned.
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With our New PC Setup Service we will:
Many of you will be getting a new PC in the coming weeks and months. And if you are one of them, we are offering a new service especially for you.
We can make your new Windows 10 computer easier to use, more like Windows 7 (or Vista or XP if you prefer), and get it set up right, right from the start.
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