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Windows 7: How to Limit "Favorites" tab to Only Display Internet Explorer Folders

03 Dec 2011   #1
Jonny Quick

Win 7 32-bit
 
 
How to Limit "Favorites" tab to Only Display Internet Explorer Folders

I apologise for in advance for not being able to ask the question clearly, but if I could do THAT I could probably figure this out on my own.

Win7 is different in that the "Favorites" drop down menu has EVERYTHING on my entire computer, and I have to manually poke arond and figure out where the folder(s) I want and avoid accidentally clicking that which I do not.

And I NEVER want to access my C:\Windows folder when trying to find a Favorite that I saved some time in the past, because it would be more convenient to find the link in my favorites folder instead of poking around looking for it again online.

So instead of poking around in the morass of the internet, I'm poking around in the confused mess of my own hard drive.

When I try to "delete" this folders, I discover they aren't actually "shortcuts" to the computer's folders & files, the are the ACTUAL folders & files, and so after deleting a bunch of files off the desktop, I've come to the conclusion that this is serious and need to be fixed. Any help in this regard would be much appreciated and thanks in advance.


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06 Dec 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Jonny, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot showing what you mean so that we are all on the same page as for which "Favorites" you are referring to?
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06 Dec 2011   #3
Jonny Quick

Win 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks for the response Brink. It's the weirdest thing. I had "My Desktop" listed in my Internet Explorer Favorites, and several other "system" icons. I thought, all I had to do was delete them, as they are short-cuts, but when I did, it started deleting all the files & folders on (for example) "My Desktop".

So I tried a different way of deleting these icons, rather than going through IE8, I navigated to the correct folder using Windows Explorer and when I deleted those icons, they were just short-cuts and none of the real data was actually deleted.

I've been around for years messing with this stuff, and have never seen anything like it. Have you?
Malware?

I have no evidence of infection, and never have in the year since I've owned this computer. I thought it might be some odd "feature" of Windows 7, or maybe IE9.
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06 Dec 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

That's great news Jonny. I suppose that you may have somehow created or copied a shortcut of them into C:\Users\(user-name)\Favorites folder.
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06 Dec 2011   #5
Jonny Quick

Win 7 32-bit
 
 

Could it be related to the fact that I disabled "show hidden files & folders"?

Also, I got the computer used, so there's no telling what happened before I got it. Very weird though, and dangerous too, which is why even though my problem is fixed, I'm still wanting to document it and it's possible causes and solution. Thanks again.
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06 Dec 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

The possible cause I posted above is about the only way that a shortcut of those could have gotten there. I'd say it was something that was done before you got it since it's a used computer.
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