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How to turn off Favorites Menu automatic alphabetizing

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c(n*199780) Senior Member
Feb 18, 2002
EDIT: It is worse than I thought. Even if I run the .bat file which opens IE, then runs the .reg file to reset the order... As soon as I merely access other Favorites links from the open IE, the order is reset again...
So it is not a one time thing, Internet Explorer alphabetizes the order every time it is being used, not merely on startup (!!)



Clarification: This is about the order in the Windows Start Menu Favorites folder, not Internet Explorer Favorites.

I have added entries to my Favorites folder since Windows 95 and am using it exclusively across multiple OS and multiple browsers (with Favorites add-ons) so that *everything* uses a single physical Favorites folder for Bookmarks, which is in a custom location on the computer. So I don't have to ever worry about syncing Bookmarks across OS and across browsers. Every single OS and every single browser uses the same Favorites folder on the multi-boot system.

I think for the past seven years, every time I opened Internet Explorer, it automatically alphabetized the order in which the Favorites entries were displayed.
It appears that this feature cannot be turned off, I just found out today.

Here's what I have come up with for a solution for people who have a .reg file of the saved order in which the Favorites Menu appears, I've had mine from before Windows XP days.
So to address the problem of every time I open Internet Explorer, and it automatically alphabetizes the order in which the Favorites entries are displayed [and this affects my Firefox Favorites menu and my Windows Start Menu favorites too]:

If the reg file location is C:\Favorites Menu Order.reg


Make a text file containing the following code and save it as a .bat file which you should use to open Internet Explorer, if you need to for testing and other reasons:

Start "" "%PROGRAMFILES%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
regedit.exe /s "C:\Favorites Menu Order.reg"
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