Keep track of the websites you visit frequently by storing them as favourites in Internet Explorer. Favourites are shared between Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer for the desktop, so you can view, add to and organise your favourites from both the address bar and the traditional favourites list in Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Add favourites

If you're on a site that you want to make a favourite, swipe up from the bottom edge (or right-click) to bring up the application commands, tap or click the Favourites button Favourites button, tap or click Add to favourites Add to favourites, then tap or click Add. You can also save a favourite by pressing Ctrl+D.

Or, in the desktop browser, tap or click the Favourites button next to the address bar, then tap or click Add to favourites.

View your favourites

To view your favourites, swipe up to bring up the application commands, then tap or click the Favourites button Favourites button. If you have your favourites organised into folders, tap or click the Favourites drop-down menu and select a folder to view it. Tap or click any favourite to go to that site.

In the desktop, tap or click the Favourites button next to the address bar to view favourites. Tap or click any favourite in the list to go to that site.

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Organise your favourites with folders

Make your favourites easier to keep track of by organising them into folders. For example, group news sites into a "Daily news" folder or shopping sites into "My shops".

  1. On the Start screen, tap or click Internet Explorer to open Internet Explorer.

  2. Swipe up from the bottom edge to bring up the application commands, then tap or click the Favourites button Favourites button.
  3. Tap or click Add to favourites, then tap or click New folder.
  4. Enter a name for your folder, then tap or click Create.

Next time you add a favourite, select this folder (or another folder) from the drop-down menu before you tap or click Add.

To create new folders on the desktop

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Favourites button next to the address bar.

  3. From the drop-down menu, tap or click Organise favourites.

  4. Tap or click New Folder, then enter a name for your new folder.

  5. Drag saved favourites into your new folder.

    You can also Rename, Reorganise and Delete favourites or folders from the Organise Favourites dialogue box.

Sort your favourites alphabetically

Open the desktop, tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar, tap or click the Favourites button, press and hold (or right-click) any favourite or folder, then tap or click Sort by name.

Export favourites

If you use Internet Explorer on more than one PC, you can export your favourites from one PC and then import them to another.

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Favourites button.

  3. From the drop-down menu, tap or click Import and export.

  4. In the Import/Export Settings dialogue box, select Export to a file, then tap or click Next.

  5. Select Favourites (and any other settings) that you'd like to export, then tap or click Next.

  6. Select the folders of favourites that you want to export, then tap or click Next. Internet Explorer automatically exports all subfolders.

  7. By default, Internet Explorer creates a file called bookmark.htm in your Documents folder. If you want to store the exported favourites to somewhere other than Documents (such as a disc or a flash drive), tap or click Browse, then select a different drive. Tap or click Save.

  8. Tap or click Finish.

Import favourites

Import favourites from one PC to another.

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Favourites button.

  3. From the drop-down menu, tap or click Import and export.

  4. In the Import/Export Settings dialogue box, select Import from a file, then tap or click Next.

  5. Select Favourites (and any other settings) that you'd like to import, then tap or click Next.

  6. By default, Internet Explorer imports from a file called bookmark.htm in your Documents folder. Tap or click Next to import the default file or tell Internet Explorer to import favourites from somewhere else. Tap or click Browse and select a file, or type a location and file name to import. Tap or click Next.

  7. Select the folder where you want to save the imported favourites, then tap or click Import.

  8. Tap or click Finish.