How to Rock your Internet Explorer Favorites Bar Toolbar
If you've been reading my Windows articles, then you know I'm all about doing things the easy way,especially when it comes to navigating through Windows. In my last article, "The Best Windows 8 Run Commands", I showed you some of my favorite Windows Run commands. These commands save you time and effort, and when your on the PC all day, can really make a difference.
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 in 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
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 the save them as a .bat file. Here's how:
Making a Windows batch (.bat) file is super easy. Follow me:
- Create a new text document by right clicking your desktop and selecting new text file. Name it anything you wish (but something that makes sense) , like appwiz.bat.
- 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).
- Save the file as "appwiz.bat" (without the quotes), and IMPORTANT , select "ALL Files" from the file type drop down. 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.
- Make a new text file called shutdown.txt
- Open it up, and type --- shutdown /s /t 20
- Save the text as shutdown.bat (don't forget to select "all files" as file type)
- Create a shortcut of the bat file --- (right click, "send to" , "desktop - create shortcut")
- Drag the shortcut to your IE favorites bar
- Take a sip of your energy drink, breathe.
- Right click the shortcut and select "properties"
- Change the icon, using this path as shown above -- C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll
- 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.......
- 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.....