How can I turn on my Favourites toolbar?

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How can I turn on my Favourites toolbar?
View your favourite websites in Internet Explorer. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Bookmarking websites in Internet Explorer automatically adds them to your Favourites folder, which you can access from the Favourites toolbar. The latest version of Internet Explorer doesn't display the Favourites toolbar by default, but you can toggle the Web browser to activate and display your Favourites toolbar with a couple of mouse-clicks on your computer, or swipes and taps on a touchscreen device.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click or tap the "Internet Explorer" tile on the Start screen to launch Internet Explorer. Alternatively, double-click the "Internet Explorer" program icon on the Windows desktop.

  2. 2

    Right-click anywhere on the screen to display the browser address bar. On a touchscreen device, swipe down from the top of the screen to display the address bar, which appears in the lower part of the screen.

  3. 3

    Click or tap the "Search" box next to the address bar. Internet Explorer displays your Favourites along with pinned and frequently-visited sites on a toolbar above the address bar.

  4. 4

    Click or tap the "Favourites" button to view a full list of all the sites you've bookmarked. Internet Explorer displays the sites in the order you bookmarked them, with the most recent listed at the top. If you can't easily find the website, right-click any favourite site or folder, and then select "Sort by name" to display the sites in alphabetical order.

  5. 5

    Click or tap the name of the favourite website to go to the site. Internet Explorer opens the site in the currently open browser tab.

Tips and warnings

  • Internet Explorer allows you to organise the sites you've bookmarked as favourites. Click or tap the "Favourites" button, and then select "Organise favourites" from the context menu. You can then create new favourites folders, rename existing folders and drag bookmarked sites to these folders. You can also rename and delete bookmarked sites in the Organise Favourites dialog window.
  • The information in this article applies to Internet Explorer 10 running on the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. It may differ slightly or significantly for other versions of Internet Explorer and Windows.

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