Internet Explorer Won't Store Favorites

by Launie Sorrels

The Favorites feature in Internet Explorer is a place to store your favorite Internet sites. A user can create folders to store specific groups of links or create tab groups with a few clicks of the mouse. Through bugs, viruses or other causes, it is possible that the Favorites feature may disappear. A few quick changes to the Registry will have you saving your favorite Internet sites again in no time. When making changes to the Registry, be sure to follow the procedure exactly. A simple typo can cause Windows to not operate correctly or applications not to start.

Click the "Start" button. If you are a Windows XP user, click "Run," type "regedit" and click the "OK" button. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users type "regedit" in the Start Search box, and press the "Enter" key. The Registry Editor will open.

Expand the tree to reach the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders.

Right-click "Favorites" in the right pane, and select the "Modify" option from the drop-down menu. The Edit String dialog box will open.

Type "%USERPROFILE%\Favorites", without the quotes, in the Value Data box.

Click the "OK" button. Close the Registry Editor.


  • check This procedure works for IE6 and IE7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Vista and Windows 7.

About the Author

Launie Sorrels is a veteran who has worked as a chef and has more than two decades of martial arts training. His writing has developed from his experience as a quality assurance manager for Microsoft and IBM. Sorrels has a degree in computer science and is currently working on his journalism degree.