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Cannot Move, Delete, or Rename Links Folder on Favorites Menu

This article was previously published under Q179599
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SYMPTOMS
If you attempt to move, delete, or rename the Links folder on theFavorites menu in Internet Explorer, it is automatically re-created thenext time you start your computer.
CAUSE
This behavior occurs because the Links folder is a special InternetExplorer folder that cannot be moved, deleted, or renamed.
RESOLUTION
Although the Links folder cannot be deleted, the properties of theLinks folder can be set to Hidden so that the folder is no longerdisplayed when you open the Favorites.

To set the properties of the Links folder to Hidden:

  1. Click Favorites on the toolbar.
  2. Right-click the Links folder, and then click Properties.
  3. Click to select the Hidden check box.
  4. Click OK.
You can press F5 to refresh the file listing and the Links folder willno longer be displayed, although it will still be in the system andfunction normally.
MORE INFORMATION
When the Links folder is recreated, it does not contain any Web pageshortcuts you may have added. It contains only the following default Webpage shortcuts:

  • Best of the Web
  • Channel Guide
  • Customize Links
  • Internet Explorer News
  • Internet Start
The Links folder on the Favorites menu contains the same Web pageshortcuts that are on the Links toolbar. When you add a Web page to theLinks folder or the Links toolbar, its shortcut is copied to the<windows>\Favorites\Links folder, where <windows> is the name of thefolder in which Windows is installed. If user profiles are enabled on yourcomputer, the Web page shortcut is copied to the<windows>\Profiles\<username>\Favorites\Links folder, where windows is thename of the folder in which Windows is installed, and <username> is thename you use to log on to Windows.

For additional information about how to use the Links toolbar in InternetExplorer, please see the following article in the Microsoft KnowledgeBase:
171228How to Customize the Links Toolbar in Internet Explorer
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Article ID: 179599 - Last Review: 01/22/2007 18:06:08 - Revision: 3.1

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