Favorites Consolidation

I need some help with favorites please. There are 2 favorites folders on 2 different drives. Favorites folder on C drive and favorites folder in D drive. See attached images. I would like to consolidate both folders into one. The folder that I would like to have as my end result is the one in the D Drive. I know I can cut and paste from C to D Drive. But what I would like to do is to make that Favorites folder "the end result appear in File Explorer". Furthermore, If as another option I would move the location of the C Drive to change it to the D Drive location would that be a better choice for future favorites to be added. Will that cause any problems ?  . Also, if I change the location from C to D drive will that add the folder to the file explorer?. Lastly, if all goes well and the end result folder appeared in File Explorer would I be able to view the favorites in IE 11?  Thank you.

 

 









Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAsked:
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
John

All the items in file explorer have a location as D Drive . I had that changed to save on space in C Drive. Please answer my last question as posted above.

Also, if I change the location from C to D drive will that add the folder to the file explorer?. Lastly, if all goes well and the end result folder appeared in File Explorer would I be able to view the favorites in IE 11?  Thank you.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Lastly, if all goes well and the end result folder appeared in File Explorer would I be able to view the favorites in IE 11?  Thank you.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Hi John

Forgive me but I am not sure that makes sense and the reason for that is if the D Drive folder has already favorites in it then why isn't it showing up in the File Explorer and why aren't those favorites are showing up in the favorites in IE 11?
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Another thing is favorites in the C Drive has a location tab and that's what is currently showing up in IE 11. If I change the location to make it say D Drive the IE 11 favorites will no longer be there but they will be in the D Drive favorites folder so I will not be able to access them in IE 11. Finally, Since there is no favorites folder in file Explorer NOW do you think changing the location on the C Drive to D Drive will for sure create a Favorites folder in File Explorer?[

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nobusCommented:
putting favorites on another drive to save space is useless as you can see n your screenshot -  it did not save  1 MB
if you want to be sure, copy the fqvorites folder files from D: to C:, and the files from C: to D: so they are all equal (you can also,make a copy elsewhere on the drive
then delete the folder that is not wanted
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
It's not entirely about saving space . I just like to put everything on the D Drive whenever possible. If transfer favorites from C to D Drive will the location tab still exist on the C Drive favorites folder? , can I go back and transfer them back again from D to C drive? Because the D Drive currently does not have a location tab also I need to know how add the Favorites folder to File Explorer? Lastly, Let's say I moved all favorites from C to D drive will I still be able to access them in IE 11 favorites on the far right hand side?

Thank you Nobus.
nobusCommented:
>>   If transfer favorites from C to D Drive will the location tab still exist on the C Drive favorites folder?  <<  i assume you know how you did that?  then just reverse the operation, and eventually, copy everything back
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
I am not sure why my question keep getting missed. I had asked several times how to include favorites folder in the File Explorer? No answer as of yet. I would like to verify the information that I am describing in my next paragraph if it is CORRECT or not?
Secondly, maybe this will help. I am attaching 2 screen shots of 1.the Documents folder with NO Location tab in the C Drive {default Location} however there is a location tab  in the D Drive in File Explorer.2.) The Favorites folder in the C Drive currently has a location tab when I move the favorites to the D Drive then the  location tab on the D Drive  will exist  but the location tab will NOT exist on the C Drive Default location. Is that CORRECT?
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
John

Still my question being ignored. I don't know why there are 2 locations. But the reason I am asking speaks for itself. I want to put them on Drive D.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Hi Basem,

I need some help with favorites please. There are 2 favorites folders on 2 different drives. Favorites folder on C drive and favorites folder in D drive. See attached images
I don't see any images in your opening question? Did you forget to upload them?

I would like to consolidate both folders into one. The folder that I would like to have as my end result is the one in the D Drive. I know I can cut and paste from C to D Drive. But what I would like to do is to make that Favorites folder "the end result appear in File Explorer".
A good idea that should be quite easy to do. That's pretty much how I have mine setup :)

Furthermore, If as another option I would move the location of the C Drive to change it to the D Drive location would that be a better choice for future favorites to be added. Will that cause any problems ?
Nope, shouldn't cause any problems for Windows at all. Windows doesn't care which drive Favorites are stored on and will work just as well, whether they are on the C drive or any other drive you choose to store them on. Many people think differently, but my experience has shown me that it makes no difference whatsoever when it comes to things like favorites and things work exactly the same way and just as well, regardless of whether you only use the C drive or not.

Also, if I change the location from C to D drive will that add the folder to the file explorer?
Yes, the folder will be added to the D drive in File Explorer automatically during the move process I'll describe below, and you will also be able to view the folder on D drive with Windows File Explorer any time.

Lastly, if all goes well and the end result folder appeared in File Explorer would I be able to view the favorites in IE 11?
Yep, all favorites moved to the D drive will still be able to be viewed by Internet Explorer 11 without you needing to do anything at all.

With those questions answered, here is how to move all of your favorites from the C drive, to the D Drive.

First, open Window File Explorer and browse to your Favorites folder

C:\Users\Basem Khawaja\Favorites

Next, on the left side of File Explorer, right-click your Favorites folder and select Properties

Select the "Location" Tab and left-click the "Move" button as shown below

Favorites Move Button
A "Select a Destination" windows will appear. Browse down on the left hand side and select the drive you want as shown below. On my example screenshot, I've selected (E:), but in your case, you would select your (D:) drive

"Select a Destination" Window
One you've selected your (D:) drive, click the "Select Folder" button at the bottom right of the above screenshot

Now click the (1.) Apply button, then click on the (2.) OK button to close the Favorites Properties window as shown below

Click Apply, then OK
After clicking Apply, Windows will pop up the following box titled "Move Folder" which asks "Do you want to move all of the files from the old location to the new location?" - Click the Yes button to confirm that you want the move to happen.

Confirm Move
And you're done.

There will now be a folder on your D: drive called Favorites Bar and all of your favorites from the C: drive will exist in there. They have been moved to the new Favorites Bar folder that Windows automatically created with the above process. Again, my snapshot shows (E:), yours will show (D:)

New Favorites Bar Folder
Also, any favorites you save from now on with Internet Explorer 11, will automatically be saved to that folder, and also read from there as well.

Hope that's helpful. If I've missed anything or you have any further follow up questions, please don't hesitate to post them and I'll answer as best I can.

Regards, Andrew

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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
John

Let's try this one more time. I am not quite sure why do you keep on insisting that everything has to be in Drive C? This should be the user's choice. I am not asking to put the OS on Drive D. Also, Documents has nothing to do with my original question. I just used to illustrate that the location can be changed with no problems. As a matter of fact.The Pictures, Music, Downloads, Videos, Documents and Desktop they all have a location moved to the D Drive. Everything is running fine. I re-addressed my question to create a Favorites folder in File Explorer several times and being missed John. Part 2 is when I move the Favorites from Drive C and put them in Drive D will I still be able to access them in IE 11 if I ever use it. I use Chrome 99% of the time. I hope you understand me now. FYI, the Favorites in the D Drive were done by Geek Squad. Favorites in Drive C  I imported them as a file(.html) from Edge since I could not import the Favorites from Edge to IE 11 except this way.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Andrew

I am sorry I thought I included the screen shots initially but I think I did it in the latter post. Sorry !
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
I am sorry I thought I included the screen shots initially

No worries Basem, that sort of thing happens to all of us at one time or another :)

Go through my answer above and see if that helps. If you need more help, just post again here and I'll get notified that there has been another post.

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
John-Please look at this.
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Andrew

Favorites moved from C to D successfully. The Favorites folder however did not show up in File Explorer. Please help.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Favorites moved from C to D successfully. The Favorites folder however did not show up in File Explorer. Please help.

It's there Basem, I'm quite certain of that :)  

Paste this path into Windows File Explorer's address area;

D:\Links

and press your Enter key. It will then show up. The "Links" is a Windows system place holder. Once it's viewed once, then you will be able to see the folder as a normal folder in File Explorer.

Let me know how you go.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Nothing happened. Error message:(
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
This is the location of Favorites in D drive . I copied and pasted it in file explorer it did take to that location but it did not show in File Explorer.
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Ok, no worries, nothing bad has happened. It will just be something different on your System Configuration.

Please do the following;

Post a screenshot of the contents of your D: drive (right hand side window) from File Explorer

Also, open up Internet Explorer 11, Right-Click "Favorites Bar" in IE, and select "Properties" - Take a screenshot of the Properties window of the Favorites Bar and upload that too. We'll have this sorted in no time :)
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
This is the location of Favorites in D drive . I copied and pasted it in file explorer it did take to that location but it did not show in File Explorer.

To see that folder, just browse to the following location in File Explorer

D:\Geek Squad Data Backup\From D Drive\

If you click on "From D Drive" on the left hand side of File Explorer, the Favorites folder will be visible on the right hand side window.

No wonder you're confused with where your favorites are kept. What a strange place for Geek Squad to have set a favorites folder to!
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Also, open up Internet Explorer 11, Right-Click "Favorites Bar" in IE, and select "Properties" - Take a screenshot of the Properties window of the Favorites Bar

I could not find this . Sorry Andrew.
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Andrew

Please don't hate me. I did what you I clicked on the favorites folder in the left navigation pane and yes I can see the favorites. BuT I was hoping to achieve is add the folder to the file explorer just like Documents, Pictures etc.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Please don't hate me.
Hahahaha... Don't be silly, why would I hate you? :)

BuT I was hoping to achieve is add the folder to the file explorer just like Documents, Pictures etc.

That's easy enough to do. Right click the Favorites folder and click on "Pin to Quick Access" - Now scroll to the top of the left hand side of File Explorer's windows. See it there now? :)
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
You can then also right click it from Quick Access area and select "Include in Library" to have it show there as well if you want :)
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Andrew
I found this.
UWT.png
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
I found this.
No, that's not about what you're trying to do Basem. It's for when you want File Explore to always open with the same folder selected first. Ignore those instructions.

BTW. What does UWT stand for?
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
My last two comments deal with what you're trying to do. Give them a try. If you need more detailed instructions, let me know.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Andrew

When I clicked on include in library nothing happened.
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Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
I had written that abbreviation on the screen shot. Ultimate Windows Tweaker . Developed by The Windows Club
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Sorry, I neglected to tell you to click Add to the library. See below;

Create New Library
That should do it.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
I had written that abbreviation on the screen shot. Ultimate Windows Tweaker . Developed by The Windows Club

Ahh ok. Looks like a nifty little utility. Haven't seen it before so may download and take a look at it myself :)

I thought UWT was a website called Ultimate Windows Tweaker lol
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
No luck andrew. I am sorry to put you through this. Question though from the screen capture here why is there an option to pin to quick access if it is already in quick access.
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
No worries Basem, don't stress :)  We'll get there - I'm probably misunderstanding what you want to do.

In the screenshot you just uploaded, I can see Favorites directly above the OneDrive icon in your File Explorer.

Are you saying you want it to appear under "This PC" in your screenshot?  Please advise.
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Question though from the screen capture here why is there an option to pin to quick access if it is already in quick access.

Because you can also Pin the Library shortcut to Quick Access as well as the folder location. Just ignore that, you only need to Pin to Quick Access once.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Andrew

From my last post.Please reply to this question.

You are a Psychic my friend. Yes this is what I was trying to achieve.
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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Aha! Then in that case, no it won't be possible to have it there without some Windows Registry tricks and manipulations. Everything that appears there by default physically resides on the C: Drive or is a physical Hard Disk or CD/DVD drive. Those things are all located in your C:\Users\Basem Khawaja\ folder.

Unless you want to make some fiddly changes to Windows registry, you're going to have to be satisfied with having it in Quick Access and Libraries. I don't recommend you do that, but if you really want to, I'll do a little research and help you achieve it. Again though, not recommended :)

Let me know.
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
I honestly had used UWT and used that option that I circled and it worked. I do not have it installed now. Lastly when you say ignore it. That's fine but I don't understand the redundancy when I right click the favorites in the left navigation pane why does it say pin to quick access if anything I would think it should say UNPIN since it's already there.

What is the difference between This PC and File Explorer?
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Andrew

Thank you for all your help my friend. If you do come across a solution for putting Favorites in This PC would be great. Just let me know. Is this is the default in Windows 10 not to include the Favorites UNDER This PC? It was there in Windows 7 and 8.1
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
I honestly had used UWT and used that option that I circled and it worked.

You could be right, I've not looked at or used UWT yet, but it seems a harmless enough utility and The Windows Club is a pretty good website. Download it again and try it - it may work if they've found a quicker way to do it than I know about. Here's the link;

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-4-windows-10

UWT doesn't need to be installed from what I read on the page. It's a standalone utility, so just extract it from its Zip file to any temporary folder or your desktop and run it.

I don't understand the redundancy when I right click the favorites in the left navigation pane why does it say pin to quick access if anything I would think it should say UNPIN since it's already there

You'll need to take that up with Microsoft haha... there's lots of redundancies in Windows that don't make sense, it's just the nature of the beast :)

What is the difference between This PC and File Explorer?

My PC when clicked on, will show you an overview of your computer. The hard drives installed, CD Drives, and folders that physically reside in your User\ProfileName directory on your C: drive.

File Explorer is a means of exploring your computer by looking anywhere you like, on any of your drives or folders.

Make sense?
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Thank you for all your help my friend. If you do come across a solution for putting Favorites in This PC would be great. Just let me know.
You're very welcome Basem and I will do that. Perhaps when I have some free time I'll have a fiddle. Might even look at what UWT has to offer.

Is this is the default in Windows 10 not to include the Favorites UNDER This PC? It was there in Windows 7 and 8.1
Yes, it's the way Windows 10 does it by default. Windows 8 and Windows 7 were both a little different. Microsoft can't help but make silly little changes to confuse everyone for some reason :-)

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
Thanks again Andrew A.K.A{King of The IT}. Have a good day. Looking forward to having you help me again real soon.

Basem
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Take care Basem and have a great day. Thanks for your very kind words and glad I was able to help get you sorted.

Regards, Andrew
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
Basem,

As promised, I have followed up on your thought that Ultimate Windows Tweaker could make your Favorites folder appear in the My PC list by joining The Windows Club forum and posting a query there.

As it happens, it turns out you were quite right, in that it can indeed be done, but not with the UWT utility, as it does not have an option for the "Favorites" folder.

They were, however, quite helpful to point me to a Windows customization page they host which shows a very easy workaround I wasn't aware of until now, that achieves the desired result without having to modify the Windows registry. It will appear a little lower on the window that you wanted, but to get it to the top would require manipulating the registry, so hopefully this will suffice.

Here's how to do what you wanted

First, locate your Favorites folder with File Explorer on your D: drive, right-click it and select Copy

Now still in File Explorer, browse to the following folder on your C: drive

C:\Users\Basem Khawaja\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts\

Once there, on the right-hand side of Windows File Explorer, right-click and select "Paste shortcut"

A "shortcut" to your Favorites folder will appear in the above location named "Favorites Bar - Shortcut" (See snapshot below)

Favorites Bar - Shortcut
Now, if you click on "This PC", you will see "Favorites Bar - Shortcut" there. (See snapshot below)

Favorites in My PC area
You can now right-click it, select "Rename" and remove the "Shortcut" part from its name if you wish, or rename it to anything you like.

Hope that helps.

Regards, Andrew
Basem KhawajaClinical PharmacistAuthor Commented:
So it won't possible to have it listed with the rest of the folders on top of it?
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
No, not without making changes to the Windows registry settings which I highly recommend you do not do, because it could cause problems when the next Windows 10 upgrade comes out and you run it. You would need to remember to set any registry changes back to defaults before running any updates for Windows 10 so it's an easy trap for things to get messy and could cause problems if forgotten.

Regards, Andrew
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