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How to Restore Favorites to My Search Bar

Most browsers allow users to place a list of their favourite sites in a toolbar under the address and search bars. In Internet Explorer it is called the Favorites Toolbar and in Mozilla Firefox it is called the Bookmarks Toolbar. However, a user may accidentally hit the wrong keys or buttons and remove this bar from the browser menu. When this happens, the favourites list seems to vanish, but they can be restored at any time.

Launch Firefox.

Right-click on a blank area of your browser’s search bar. This should cause a menu to pop up.

Review the menu’s list. You will see an item in the list called “Bookmark Toolbar.” If it has been accidentally disabled, it will not have a check mark beside it.

Click the “Bookmark Toolbar” option to enable it.

Launch Internet Explorer.

Right-click on a blank area of your browser’s top menu bar. This should cause a menu to pop up.

Review the menu’s list. You will see an item in the list called “Favorites Bar.” If it has been accidentally disabled, it will not have a check mark beside it.

Select the “Favorites Bar” option to enable the toolbar.

Launch Google Chrome.

Click on the little wrench icon in the top right corner of your browser’s bar.

Hover your mouse over the "Bookmarks" option and select the "Show Bookmarks Bar" option from the menu that slides out.

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About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.