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Windows 7: How do I remove the Favorites Bar Folder?


17 Jan 2014   #1

Win 7/64 Pro.
 
 
How do I remove the Favorites Bar Folder?

In Win 7/64, I want to remove the favorites bar folder . Currently I have 25 of them. I have changed attributes to hidden, disabled the favorites bar in group policy editor and so far, all I get is more copies. What do I need to do to be rid of these annoying folders

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17 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Go to upper right corner where you see a file called "Other bookmarks"
Right click on that and you will see a check mark for Showing bookmarks. Just click on that and your Favorites will go away.

There is also 3 lines on top of each other that list Bookmarks and when you click on it opens up and gives you the same option.

By the way... I am using Google Chrome to do all this.
Let us know if you need more help.
THW
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17 Jan 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello tlrsr,

If you mean in IE, then be sure to turn off the Favorites Bar first (right click on title bar of IE), then you should be able to just delete them in your C:\Users\(User-Name)\Favorites folder.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Jan 2014   #4

Win 7/64 Pro.
 
 

To The Howling Wolves:
Thank you.
I am using IE, not sure of the version with Google(not Chrome) as home page. Couldn't find the areas you referred to.

To Brink:
Thank you too.
When I right click on the menu bar, the Favorites Bar is grayed out. When I delete the favorites bar folders in my Favorites, it comes back , usually more than one copy.
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17 Jan 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It is checked or unchecked in the menu bar?

You might see if setting the group policy back to "Not Configured", then reset IE may help.
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17 Jan 2014   #6

Win 7/64 Pro.
 
 

Favorites Bar is not checked. Returned to Not Configured in GPE. I deleted 31 copies of the Favorites Bar folder. So far, none have returned. I will monitor the situation and advise.
Thank you.
TLRSR
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17 Jan 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news so far.
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18 Jan 2014   #8

Win 7/64 Pro.
 
 
I'm baaacckkk!

Brink:
Unfortunately, the good news was short lived! This morning the favorites bar folder made an appearance.
Any other thoughts?
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18 Jan 2014   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I was able to duplicate your issue when I tried to delete the C:\Users\(User-Name)\Favorites\Favorites Bar (Links) folder in Windows Explorer while the Favorites bar was still turned on in IE.


Give this a shot below to see if it may toggle it to work properly again.
  • Turn on the Favorites bar in IE.
  • Click on Favorites (Menu bar) -> Add to Favorites bar to add anything to the Favorites bar.
  • Turn off the Favorites bar.
  • In Internet Explorer, click on Favorites (Menu bar), right click on the Favorites Bar folder, click on Delete, and approve any prompts.
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18 Jan 2014   #10

Win 7/64 Pro.
 
 

Brink:
Just so we are on the same page, I need to go to greater detail.
The Favorites Bar Folder I am referring to is a sub-folder of the Favorites folder in Windows Explorer, not the Favorites Bar of Internet Explorer Menu Bar.
For some reason, there are 3 folders named Favorites in WE. One at the very top when WE is opened. This is empty and can not be deleted. One under users and another at the end of WE that appears to be a copy of the one under users. These last two are the folders that contain the sub-folder Favorites Bar that I want to remove.
I can't remember exactly when they first appeared but I suspect it was after one of many Windows Updates was installed within the last 30 days or so.
I tried your suggestion and within 5 seconds of deleting the Favorites Bar, it was recreated.
Thank you for your help.
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