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Windows 7: Can't add to favorites in Windows Explorer

18 Aug 2009   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can't add to favorites in Windows Explorer

Clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate here and so far I love this new OS. However, I noticed that I cannot add any items under the favorites "star" icon that can be found on the left pane in windows explorer.

I tried drag & drop and "add current location to Favorites" but nothing works. I'm not getting any error either which is weird.

Any help? I'm new to win 7.

Thanks


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18 Aug 2009   #2

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sneak In View Post
Clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate here and so far I love this new OS. However, I noticed that I cannot add any items under the favorites "star" icon that can be found on the left pane in windows explorer.

I tried drag & drop and "add current location to Favorites" but nothing works. I'm not getting any error either which is weird.

Any help? I'm new to win 7.

Thanks
Very weird.

Only thing I can come up with is that something you installed must block this.

Any explorer addons or tweaks installed?
Any file hacking?

If you didn't I'm clueless, and that doesn't happen to often.

Greetz
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18 Aug 2009   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Nah I didn't do anything to the windows explorer. The only tweaking I did is with the mouse cursor by installing CursorFX but this probably has nothing to do with my problem.



I've been searching low and hign in google and I only managed to find another person with the same problem apparently:

Windows 7 (32bit) not adding favorites to Windows Explorer
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18 Aug 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Sneak In, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might check to see if this may be the same issue as this below. If not, then see if running a sfc /scannow command may help.

Favorites Empty in Navigation Pane - Fix

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Simple way to fix this, create a folder in your document (C:\Users\*YourUsername*) called Links, then restart your computer. your problem is mostly caused by accidentally deleting the Links folder hence the system doesn't know where to save the favorites.

Hope this helps.
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13 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote:
Simple way to fix this, create a folder in your document (C:\Users\*YourUsername*) called Links, then restart your computer.
Just wanted to confirm that this fixed the problem for me. Once the folder was in place, I was able to see links in Favorites list in the left pane. I didn't have to reboot, either. Thanks for the help!
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21 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks mtek81 - worked for me, too!
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27 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.
 
 
Something in the air

Same exact thing just just happened to me. Trying to clean things up and deleted a several folders I thought I didn't need. I was racking my brain as I like to do before just doing a search that generally gives me an instant fix.
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22 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This worked like a charm for me as well. Strangely enough there was already a Links folder but I still created another one and let it merge the two and then it worked even without a restart. Thanks!
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20 Feb 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Creating a second Links and merging did not work for me. I have a separate folder for Favorites that was moved over from XP. It's showing the correct location under Properties. The shortcut to Favorites under Links did not show the correct location so I fixed that. I still couldn't add a website to Favorites. Okay, new oddity...I was able to add this Windows 7 Forums to my Favorites. I tried adding two other websites and they took. It just wouldn't all me to add them to a subfolder. I have to manually "move" the site to my subfolders. Windows says I need admin rights to do this. I click on continue and it works. Guess I'm good to go now.
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