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Windows 7: Duplicate Bookmarks

02 Dec 2011   #11
McWheels

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Thank you for replying

I did as you said, actually, I have a shortcut to my "Favorites" directory so I can sort it easier. My shortcut opens Explorer in that directory in the "Details" view.

This is not something that happens every time. It occurs probably about 25 to 33% of the time. I have made a habit out of deleting the entries that don't work but luckily, I haven't done that for a while. So I just looked them over and I have about a dozen bookmarks that were saved like I described, one entry that is the name of the site but doesn't contain a working URL. If you open the "Properties" of the non-functional entry, there are only 4 tabs instead of a fifth tab that says, "Web Document" where it should have a working URL in it. In the "General" tab, it says "Internet URL" for "Type of File" but of course, it isn't really.

To answer your question more presicely, yes, there are duplicate entries and the date and time of the saved entries are exactly the same.


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04 Dec 2011   #12
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McWheels View Post
...To answer your question more presicely, yes, there are duplicate entries and the date and time of the saved entries are exactly the same.
Is Favorites the only folder with duplicates?
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04 Dec 2011   #13
McWheels

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Not sure what you're asking...

This computer is a year and a half old now and I have only reformatted it once. And that was only because I finally got Office 2010 and wanted to clean up and get rid of all the OpenOffice and some other programs that I tried and decided not to use. I typically run a very lean system and can go for many years without a reformat.

I say this because my "Favorites" folder tends to become quite big after years of saving bookmarks. I am fairly diligent about sorting my favorites into various folders to keep some order to it. If they were all in one folder, it would take forever to find any one particular Favorite.

So I have maybe close to a dozen sub-directories in my "Favorites" directory where I will save various bookmarks. Occasionally, when I save them, I just save them to the root "Favorites" directory and move it later and sometimes, I will save a bookmark to one of the sub-directories. I also use the "Favorites Bar" a lot too.

Basically, it doesn't matter where or how I save them. As I said, it's hard to predict because it is intermittent but it can happen in any directory. I get it a lot when I save to the "Favorites Bar". Maybe more than if I save it to the root "Favorites" directory. But it really doesn't seem to matter which directory I save to, I seem to always have a chance that I'm going to get two entries instead of one.
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04 Dec 2011   #14
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

When you said you did a clean install with a stored image you already had, that image already had the same problem so all you did was bring the problem with you. Do a clean install of the os with the Win 7 dvd and it will probably cure the problem. Then get rid of the old image and create a new one without the problem.
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04 Dec 2011   #15
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by McWheels View Post
...Basically, it doesn't matter where or how I save them...
I was asking about folders and files other than Favorites like Documents, Music, Video, etc. Windows Explorer is a hugh window into all the files on your computer. Also if you drag either or both of two duplicate favorites files into Documents, do they look and behave as they did in the Favorites folder?

Here is a thought: When you save a url using IE, that process appears to be a function of IE vs. Windows itself. It may be worth it to do a reset of IE to "fix" this IE issue: Tools/Internet Options/Advanced/Reset.
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05 Dec 2011   #16
McWheels

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

First, I want to thank you both for putting your effort and time into my problem. I'm not holding my breath on this one because, as I indicated, the problem is a year and a half old now. I kind of gave up trying to fix it even though I'm still curious as to "why" it happens.

So, this post has multiple replies...

Ron, I tried dragging the duplicate Favs to another folder, actually, I just drug them into the root, "My Documents" folder. They still have the same properties, one works and the other gives me this error pop-up that says, "Problem With Shortcut" and then in the description, it says, "The target """ of this Internet shortcut is not valid. Go to the Internet Shortcut Property Sheet and make sure the target is correct."

I have reached the point where I can recognize the difference in the icon and already know which one will work so I don't even bother with the ones that don't. I usually just delete them as I come across them.

Also, I did do an IE reset. I was using some Privacy or tracking filters and messed them up so I deleted them and reset IE. IE seems to work fine aside from this peculiarity.

And Bowtie, I'm not sure that's going to help. This 2010 version of an HP Pavilion lappy didn't come with a physical Windows 7 CD, only a program to "create" your own "Restore" CDs which is/are actually 3 DVD's and I created them about a week after I bought this thing. But the problem was already there and I would have to believe it would also be in my Restore DVDs since I made them while the problem existed.

Please don't lose any sleep over this one. I'm not. I'm way past that. The computer is and works awesome except for that. That and the fact that the battery went defective at eleven months old. Lucky for me, HP gave me a new one under warranty. But, aside from that, this is a screaming computer and pretty much error-free.
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06 Dec 2011   #17
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It's just one of those things, simple as it may be that just drives you up a wall. What you will find on this forum is people hate to give up on a simple problem or a big problem for that matter. So hang in there and keep checking back somebody will find a solution. Good luck
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06 Dec 2011   #18
McWheels

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you! I've kind of accepted it as one of the idiosyncrasies of this computer. I don't even remember what I was searching for when I stumbled on this forum and saw someone else asking about the same kind of problem. I just wondered if anyone had ever found a definite cause for it. But it's no biggy and like I said, I have been working around it for a long time. I did the HP "support" thing when it was new and they had me go through all kinds of steps all the way up to where they wanted me to do a restore. After that, they wanted me to send it in for repair. That's when I said "the heck with it" I'm not going without my computer for that little problem.

HP was good enough to give me a battery at eleven months old so I don't have any bad feeling about them. It's just a trivial issue that you have to get used to I guess.
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08 Mar 2012   #19
hennel

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
same problem

I just started having the same problem except I use IE9. I also get duplcate shortcuts on desktop when right click a web page & click "create shortcut". Have used both favorites & desktop shortcuts for years with no problem. Got new computer with Win7 Jan 2011. Problem just started Mar 2012. Does not always happen. About half the time.
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08 Mar 2012   #20
hennel

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
futhermore

the useless link says
‘The target “ “ of this Internet Shortcut is not valid. Go to the Internet Shortcut property sheet and make sure the target is correct.’
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