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Internet Explorer Favorites Center - Pin and Unpin to Left Side

How to Pin and Unpin"Favorites Center" to Left Side in IE9, IE10, and IE11
Published by Brink
16 Mar 2011 - Views: 130525
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How to Pin and Unpin"Favorites Center" to Left Side in IE9, IE10, and IE11


information   Information
The Favorites Center in IE9, IE10, and IE11 allows you to quickly view your Favorites website links, Feeds, and viewed websites History.

By default, you can open the Favorites Center on the right side of IE9 and IE10 by clicking on the Name:  star.png
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This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin the Favorites Center to the left side in IE9, IE10, and IE11.

When you pin the Favorites Center to the left, it will stay there even when you close and reopen IE9, IE10, or IE11. The Favorites Center will stay pinned to the left until you close it. Closing the Favorites Center on the left side will unpin it and reset it's position back to the right side the next time you open the Favorites Center using the star icon.

Note   Note
You can also open Favorites on the Menu bar in IE9, IE10, and IE11 to see your favorite websites.

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Tip   Tip
If you like, you can also do either one of the below to have the Favorites Center open directly pinned to the left side.
  • Click on View (Menu bar) -> Explorer Bars -> (the option you want)
  • Press CTRL+SHIFT+I to open to Favorites in Favorites Center
  • Press CTRL+SHIFT+H to open to History in Favorites Center
  • Press CTRL+SHIFT+G to open to Feeds in Favorites Center

EXAMPLE: Favorites Center in IE9, IE10, and IE11

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OPTION ONE
To Pin and Unpin Favorites Center in Internet Explorer
1. Open IE9, IE10, or IE11.
NOTE: In Windows 8, this would only apply to the IE10 or IE11 desktop version, and not the modern (metro) IE.

2. To Pin Favorites Center to the Left Side of IE9, IE10, or IE11
A) Click/tap on the star icon at the top right corner to open the Favorites Center. (see screenshot below)
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B) Click/tap on the green arrow pointing to the left button. (see screenshot below)
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C) The Favorites Center will now be pinned to the left side of IE9, IE10, or IE11 until you unpin it. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can adjust the width of the pinned Favorites Center by moving the mouse pointer over the right border until it turns into a double arrow pointer, then left click and hold, and drag the right border to the left or right to adjust it's width. Release the left click when finished.
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3. To Unpin Favorites Center from the Left Side of IE9, IE10, or IE11
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the X at the top right corner of the pinned Favorites Center. (see screenshot below)
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B) Click/tap on the star icon at the top right corner once to unpin the Favorites Center. (see screenshot below)
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C) The Favorites Center will now be unpinned from the left side of IE9, IE10, or IE11.



OPTION TWO
To Pin and Unpin Favorites Center in IE using REG File

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Pin Favorites Center to the Left Side of IE9, IE10, or IE11

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Pin_Favorites_Center_in_IE.reg


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3. To Unpin Favorites Center from the Left Side of IE9, IE10, or IE11
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

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4. Save the REG file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve the merge.

7. If open, close and reopen Internet Explorer to apply.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn


16 Mar 2011   #1
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Staying on top of things I see! This will be a great help as well as timely for those who are now just going for the new version of IE 9.

I had forgotten about finding the green arrow option for seeing the IE Favorites moved over to the left when running the RC until seeing the guide here.


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16 Mar 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It did not take you long to do this fine tut. Thanks Shawn. Just today I was giving the people in my computer club first instructions about IE9. But that one I did not know. I will use it next Wednesday - with your permission.
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16 Mar 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you guys. It was from helping another member with this issue that had me think that this would be helpful to others with the same issue.
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17 Mar 2011   #4
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The one thing you will be able to count on is people asking about the new version's change in layout with everything moved to the right side. This will be a useful reference to point them to in order to clear things for them.
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18 Mar 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I like to propose a completely different solution to the problem that I use and found to be very practical:

!. Install Rocket Dock, right click on the dock and autohide it. When you "bump" the cursor to the top of the screen, it will appear.



2. Place your Favorites folder into the Rocket Dock (just drag a folder shortcut from the desktop into the dock.). To get at the folder, type Favorites into start/search and it will show up. You can delete the shortcut on the desktop once it is in the dock.

3. When you look for a website URL, open the Favorites folder from the dock. It is a lot easier to deal with that (set the folder view to List) than rolling the bar down - especially if you have a gezillion folders and files like me.



4. An added advantage is that you can search in the Favorites folder if you do not remember where you stuck the particular website that you are looking for. Many of my folders have up to 25 entries (subfolders and URLs) and I often forget where I put things.

Note: The Rocket Dock is particularily handy because you can always easily access it. But you can also put the Favorites folder shortcut into the taskbar, Toolbar or even the Start menu. But that always needs an additional click to get at it.
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18 Mar 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wolfgang,

Thank you, but I'm not sure what problem you are referring to though.

If it's with the Favorites Center, then I suppose that you could just use Favorites on the Menu bar in IE9 instead.

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18 Mar 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Wolfgang,

Thank you, but I'm not sure what problem you are referring to though.

If it's with the Favorites Center, then I suppose that you could just use Favorites on the Menu bar in IE9 instead.

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I am not referring to any particular problem. I was just following up on the left/right discussion for the favorites in IE9.

The way I describe my use of Favorites has the advantage that you see all your Favorites on one page and that you are able to search in the folder in case you do not remember where things are.

This may not apply to people who have few favorites or a good memory. But once you have over 1500 files in the folders, it is sure handy. And I never liked the way you search for a link in the IE Favorites - left or right.

PS; The favorites on the menu bar are the worst interface in my book. I hate those fly-outs.
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18 Mar 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Okey doke.
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18 Mar 2011   #9
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Instead of the need to pin any folder you can simply open the menu bar>View>explorer bars and click on the favorties item there to them open up on the left and stay open. Click the X or the Favorites icon to the right of the address bar to close.

That ends up being a three step process however. Plus not everyone runs RocketDock being a 3rd party addon. The guide here works for those who run without any addons. This shows how the Favorites work when using the Favorites icon itself.

Hey Shawn have you digg(ed) this and the other IE 9 guides you have ready? I meant to ask that one!


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