Fix IE7 Add to Favorites problem - Please vote YES to fix!

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Sean Smith, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Guest

    Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)
    Favorites problem

    A new ‘feature’ of IE7 appears to be it’s auto-expansion of every favorite
    folder when you click on add-to-favorites.

    The problem is I have a highly organized massive amount of folders nested
    multiple levels deep and the indentations are quite small. This makes for a
    cumbersome visual overload that is quite unwieldy.

    I would much prefer that all of my folders remain closed by default and I
    can click on each one to expand it and then it’s logical child counterpart as
    appropriate and so on. This would make the system much more user friendly
    for me as I am wasting a huge amount of time trying to find my way around at
    the moment.

    Is there an option in IE7 to collapse all folders during the Add to
    Favorites process?

    If so what is it?

    I have found the following settings under Internet Options Advanced but they
    did not seem to help. Maybe someone could explain what they do –
    Browsing – Close unused folders in History and Favorites
    Browsing – Enable personalized favorites menu
    Browsing – Enable TP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer)

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    Sean Smith, Nov 28, 2006
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  2. Sean Smith

    jonah Guest


    From what I have read in here some people have problems with favorites
    opening automatically and some don't. My test version operates
    normally and I have not been able to reproduce or seen elsewhere this
    exact behaviour as yet.

    I have not put it on a production machine though and there are only
    about 20 or so in the first place. It seems people with huge amounts
    of favorites are prone to this problem, maybe there are limits.,
    nested folder bugs, I dunno.

    I have seen one poor girl whos IE7 attempted (and failed) to open
    every single link every time it was started and she had taken to using
    a hard re-set to get her PC back, bad install I assume so I got it
    back to IE6 for her and blocked IE7 with the MSFT blocker tool, a very
    popular download from MSFT at the moment.

    As for the settings I have used the tweaks posted here to restore the
    menu bar to its proper place and get rid of the pointless (for me)
    search bar as like many people I use the clean uncluttered Google as
    my homepage. I don't know what the other settings do, not very much
    useful as far as I can tell.

    I suggest you uninstall it for the time being and go back to IE6 for a
    while - let some other mug beta test it for you.


    jonah, Nov 29, 2006
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  3. Sean Smith

    Guyster Guest

    It's working two different ways on my home network.

    Computer 1: I click a favorites folder > it expands and stays expanded.
    When I click a different favorites folder, the first one collapses, and the
    second one expands. VERY NICE.

    Computer 2: I click a favorites folder > it expands and stays expanded.
    When I click a different favorites folder, the first one stays expanded, and
    the second one expands. VERY ANNOYING.

    There must be a setting somewhere! Help...
    Guyster, Dec 26, 2006
  4. Sean Smith

    Guyster Guest

    Got my own answer to this through searching... Merry Xmas!

    If you go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced, select Close unused
    folders in history and favorites.

    Though, now that I re-read this thread, I'm not sure if this is the problem
    we're discussing. If not, my bad...
    Guyster, Dec 26, 2006
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    mtn_lion Guest

    Re: putting this capability back into IE7 via a Windows Update: ASAP, I would
    add. What can the individuals at MS possibly thinking when they *remove*
    basic functionality like this?
    mtn_lion, Feb 12, 2007
  6. Not only do I have that problem but when I select Favorites from the Menu Bar
    and click on Add to Favorites none of my Favorites or in order....they are
    however in order in the Favorites window and when you initially click on
    Favorites from the menu bar....only when I click on Add does this is very annoying because I have a huge amount of nested
    Favorites as well.

    Please fix this problem!
    Christine Engleman, Feb 25, 2007
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    garth Guest

    haha yeh
    garth, Apr 11, 2007
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    Yuri Volkov Guest

    Yuri Volkov, Apr 18, 2007
  9. Sean Smith

    Owen Guest

    Pinning the Favorites Center is not a fix since it eats up space in the
    frame. The whole point of tabbed browsing is for quick access and IE6 add to
    favorites worked fine with the non-collapsed folder tree. Whoever thought
    that expanding the tree when trying to add a bookmark should be fired since
    it is penalizing people that organize their bookmarks into folders and have a
    lot of bookmarks saved.

    I have about 35 main bookmark folders and then each have their own
    subfolders with some of those having subfolders. With the difficulties in
    adding a bookmark having to scroll through so many folders just to find the
    folder I want to add it to, I end up just adding them to the main Favorites
    directory then I have to go to my Favorites folder in Windows Explorer and
    move them manually. As technology advances, it is supposed to become easier
    not take 3 steps backwards reverting to older outdated ideas of bookmark
    management. After a year and still no fix means that their probably will
    never be one and as my frustration grows more so each day dealing with these
    annoyances, I keep looking for alternatives that will mean I will probably be
    switching to a different Internet Browser. Microsoft should be trying to
    keep people using IE7 and not drive them away with poor decisions, like one
    other user suggested, they should release an Internet Explorer TweakUi power
    toy that fixes the problem if Microsoft will not add the option in the menus
    Owen, May 26, 2007

  10. Explain how you did that. I should have worked if you dragged the folder
    from one location to another.

    My guess would be that you don't have desktop.ini (hidden) in there now?


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Jul 2, 2007
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    Blue Guest

    Non collapsing favorites folders. Agggggggghhhhhhhhh
    My favorites used to be well organised and productive. Since IE7 they are a
    total mess. Do Microsoft really want people to move to Firefox -they have
    made a very strong case by adding this "feature" to IE7. The problem has
    remained unfixed for far too long - Let's vote with our feet and bail out.
    Blue, Jul 3, 2007
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    ATedK Guest

    The message at the end of this link does not have a fix to the "add to
    favorites" exploded tree problem (item 2 in the messages list of described
    problems). The developer (developerz) even agrees that the exploded tree is a
    frequently mentioned problem, but has no fix.

    I do find it curious that MS took the time to respond to that post, but can
    not find the time to respond to posts in this group (and similar) where we
    are expressing our outrage that MS took a giant leap backward in favorites

    ATedK, Oct 15, 2007
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    MADinIA Guest

    Yes! Why can I not get that looooooong list of favorites to collapse? I
    know it can be done -- DH also uses IE7, and does not get this ridiculously
    long list (when he adds a favorite, it looks much more like the interface in
    IE6, though not identical). Thing is, he doesn't remember changing anything
    to get it to behave this way. I spent several HOURS last night trying,
    without success to find out how to do this.

    I flatly refuse to PAY Microsoft an exhorbitant price to tell me how to fix
    their FUBAR over the phone, and their Knowledge Base is too large and/or
    complex to find the info I need (not to mention that much of it is far too
    technical for us mere mortals to comprehend!).

    I'd like to make IE7 work for me, since it's a hassle to keep two browsers
    up-to-date with favorites. But if I can't solve this problem of the exploded
    tree, and very, very soon, I'm going make Firefox my browser of choice and
    only use Microsoft's PITA (you figure it out!) browsers to do updates.

    MADinIA, Apr 1, 2009
  14. Save your money, because WYSIWYG. The problem(Expanded Favorites Tree when
    using Add to Favorites) will not be fixed in IE7, and it is still there in
    IE8 as well.

    Good luck,

    Donald Anadell
    Donald Anadell, Apr 1, 2009
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