On this page of the Windows® Internet Explorer® Customization Wizard 8, you can customize the Favorites, Favorites Bar, and Feeds features in Internet Explorer 8 by adding links to sites, Web Slices, or feeds related to your company or services. New in Internet Explorer 8, Web Slices allow you to subscribe to a portion of a Web page. Web Slices are used to track information as it changes, such as weather information, stock prices, or progress on an auction item.

Microsoft® has provided items in Favorites, Favorites Bar, and Feeds by default. However, you can remove any of these items, and add new folders and links as part of the custom package. Favorites can contain links to Web sites; Favorites Bar can contain links to Web sites, Web Slices, and feeds; Feeds can contain links to feeds.

Item Details


To import an existing folder of links, click Favorites, or Favorites Bar , and then click Import. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, locate and click the folder of desired links on your computer. These links are most likely located in the <SystemDrive>:\Documents and Settings\<user_name>\Favorites folder.


You cannot import a folder of links for RSS Feeds.


To add a link, click Favorites, Favorites Bar, or RSS Feeds, or a folder within one of these categories, and then click Add URL. This opens the Details dialog box.


You can add up to 200 links to the Favorites folder.

  • Name

  • Type a name for link in the Name box. This can be a friendly name that helps the user recognize what the link refers to.

  • URL

  • Type the destination of your link in the URL box.

  • Icon

  • To specify a 16 x 16 pixels custom icon for this link, type the name and location of the file in the Icon box, or click Browse to locate the file.

Add Folder

To add a folder, click Favorites, or RSS Feeds, or a folder within one of these categories, and then click Add Folder. In Name, type a name for the folder.


You cannot add a folder under Favorites Bar.


Select the link you want to change, and then click Edit. Make changes to the information in Name, URL, and Icon, as needed.

Test URL

To test a link, click the link in the list, and then click Test URL. This opens an instance of Internet Explorer which attempts to connect to the Web site with that URL.


To delete a link from Favorites, Links, or Feeds, click the link, and then click Remove.

Add to the top of the list

Select this check box to specify that the items you choose are moved to the top of the users' Favorites list. When you select this option, the Move Up and Move Down buttons become active. You can use these buttons to modify the order of items in the list.

Disable Internet Explorer Suggested Sites

Select this check box to disable the Suggested Sites feature. Your users will not receive suggested sites based on the site that they visit.

Additional references

  • For more information about this stage of the Internet Explorer Customization Wizard 8, see Customizing the Browser.