My IE favorites file location has changed, help please?
Internet Explorer contains a "Favorites" tool used for storing and
organizing your favorite website links. Though you typically interact with
this tool directly in Internet Explorer, the favorites are actually stored
in a folder on your computer. The IE Favorites file location defaults to
each user's user folder. For example, if your user name is Jack and you have
a computer running Windows 7, your IE favorites will be stored in
C:\Users\Jack\Favorites. In Windows XP, it would be stored in C:\Documents
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But what if the IE Favorites file location has been changed? Where did it go? Depending on whether you're referring to the location of the Favorites icon in Internet Explorer or the underlying folder on your hard drive, the steps for finding IE Favorites vary.
Internet Explorer has undergone quite a few changes over the past few years,
and the location of its Favorites icon is no exception. If you've recently
upgraded from an earlier version of Internet Explorer, you won't see the
familiar yellow Favorites icon in the middle of the Favorites bar as you did
when using earlier versions. It's been shrunken down and moved to the far
right corner. Click the star-shaped icon to access your Favorites in
As far as a changed IE Favorites file location goes, the file could have been moved accidentally or by another user. It may even have been deleted. Fortunately, there are a couple of steps that you can try in order to find and restore your Favorites file. First, check the Recycle Bin to see if it's in there waiting to be permanently deleted or restored. If it's there, simply right-click the file and choose Restore. If it is not there, then it's time to initiation a search using either Windows Explorer or the Windows search bar.
If you have Windows XP, you'll need to use Windows Explorer to search for the missing file. Go to Start and click on My Computer. See the search box in the upper right corner? Enter the word "favorites" there and press enter. Windows XP will scan your computer and list any matches it finds in the main pane. If it finds your Favorites folder, it will display it along with the IE Favorites file location path. From there, you can open the folder, view its properties, move it to a new location, and more.
If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can follow the procedure outlined above or go to Start and enter "favorites" into the search bar. Once the file is found, Windows will list it under Programs. Click the file to open it in Windows Explorer where you can view its properties, copy it, move it to an alternate location, and so on.