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How to Rock Your Internet Explorer Favorites Bar Toolbar

Jeff is a PC user who likes to run a clean machine and save money in the process.

In this article, I'll show you step by step how to literally rock your Internet Explorer Favorites toolbar. I'll show you how to easily add, delete and rename your Internet Explorer shortcuts, as well as some awesome tricks that go beyond normal web surfing. Like what, you ask? How's about adding bat files using the Windows Run commands I just mentioned in my last article...

I'll even guide you step by step as we create a "shutdown" batch file, then add it to my Internet Explorer Favorites Bar and finish it off with a custom icon...

Ready? Grab that energy drink and let's get started!


First, make sure your Internet Browser Favorites bar is showing. You can find it by right-clicking the empty space (as shown above) in IE 8 and newer, or from the menu bar, then "view", "toolbars", and then "favorites bar". It's usually on by default and has "suggested sites", and "web slice gallery" on the far left.


To Drag a "Favorite" web page to the shortcut bar, simply drag the favicon to the bar as shown above.

Once you've saved it on the bar, you can (should) rename it to anything you wish. I like to use short names, so I can fit as many shortcuts as possible on the toolbar.

Once you have the favorite saved and renamed, you can even change the icon...


By default, you don't get too many choices for icons.

Tip: Use a shortcut folder on the desktop. Right-click that shortcut (a shortcut to "My Documents" for example), select "Properties", and then "Change Icon". Copy and paste that folder path to the options for your Favorites Bar icon. Paste the path in and hit "Enter".

By default, the path should be this: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll

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Once you hit enter, you should see many more icons, as shown below.


Part 2: The Fun Stuff

Still with me? Now comes the really cool stuff. You can add more than just website URL's to your IE browser Favorites bar. Like what you ask? How's about folders and even bat files...

Let's use the Windows Run commands I just showed you in my last article for example:

"appwiz.cpl", "taskmgr" and "services.msc".

We can type these simple commands in a text file, and then save them as a .bat file. Here's how:

Making a Windows batch (.bat) file is super easy:

  1. Create a new text document by right-clicking your desktop and selecting a new text file. Name it anything you wish (but something that makes sense), like appwiz.bat.
  2. Open the file and type a new Windows Run command that you just learned, in this example, type "appwiz.cpl" (without the quotes -- basically exactly what you would type in the Windows Run bar).
  3. Save the file as "appwiz.bat" (without the quotes), and important, select "ALL Files" from the file type dropdown. If done correctly, your bat will have an icon that has "gears" (as shown below).

Now in my final example (thanks for staying with me), I'll create a Windows shutdown batch file, then add it to my IE Favorites bar, and finish it off with a custom icon.

  1. Make a new text file called shutdown.txt
  2. Open it up, and type—shutdown /s /t 20
  3. Save the text as shutdown.bat (don't forget to select "all files" as file type)
  4. Create a shortcut of the bat file: (right-click, "send to", "desktop - create shortcut")
  5. Drag the shortcut to your IE favorites bar
  6. Take a sip of your energy drink, breathe.
  7. Right-click the shortcut and select "properties"
  8. Change the icon, using this path as shown above: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll
  9. Once done, you can test by clicking the shortcut—of course, your Windows PC will reboot in 20 seconds so make sure your work is saved...
  10. Check my picture below for reference. That's it!

You can test various Windows Run commands and subsequent bat files, most of them work.

Tip: If a shortcut does not work, Windows "God Mode" folder for example (yes, I did try), you can always delete the file from the "Favorites" folder directly here:

C:\Users\"Your User Name"\Favorites\Favorites Bar"

( I had no choice with "God Mode", as any attempt to click (right or left) would crash IE....)

Tip: If you feel uncomfortable, create a Windows System Restore first. Always a good idea to have a backup...


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2013 Jeff Boettner


Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on January 13, 2016:

Hi Moonlake,

Its been a long while since I have written anything (shame on me!), and I may be wrong about the pics (God knows it wouldn't be the first time haha). Time to take a look at my hubs anyway (time flies doesn't it), thanks for stopping by and for the advice! -- howlermunkey

moonlake from America on January 07, 2016:

I've been here 8 years and didn't know there was a limit on pictures. I know I have hubs with more than 20. I enjoyed your hub and all the information and instructions very easy to follow. I still use Internet Explorer but nowadays I use Chrome more often.

Johnd706 on April 22, 2015:

I like the helpful information you provide for your articles. Ill bookmark your blog and check again right here frequently. I am quite certain Ill be informed many new stuff proper right here! Best of luck for the next! bgfebdfddbgf

Ceres Schwarz on April 23, 2013:

You're welcome. I didn't know there was actually a limit to the number of pics we could have on our hubs. Guess I've never hit that limit. I do think the images you have right now are more than enough and they do help make things easier to understand for your readers.

Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on April 22, 2013:

@Ceres Schwarz, thanks very much for the compliments :), I tried to make it as easy to follow as possible ( I actually hit the limit of 20 pics or could've squeezed in a couple more), I'm glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by :)

Ceres Schwarz on April 22, 2013:

This is a very useful and helpful hub for those who use the favorites toolbar especially with all the images that really help to visualize things for the reader so they know exactly what you're talking about. The step-by-step instructions you have are simple and straight-to-the-point.

Jeff Boettner (author) from Tampa, FL on April 21, 2013:

@My Cook Book, thanks for the compliments and for stopping by!

@hawaiianodysseus, howzit? thanks for the awesome comments and for stopping by! Shaka bra :)

Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on April 20, 2013:

Hi, howlermunkey!

Even for a high tech-illiterate guy like me, your reader-friendly text and great images make this internet explorer toolbar hub easy to understand. Thanks so much for sharing! Aloha!


Dil Vil from India on April 20, 2013:

Good hub with pics to understand the same more easily. I use Chrome and Firefox. However, good and useful hub. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

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