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Q: IE8 Favorites do not work

I have the following problems with favorites in IE8:

  • Adding a favorite creates it twice (once with the url as name, once with the page title as name)
  • Clicking on any favorite in IE does nothing (no error, no feedback)
  • Favorites can be deleted without problem
  • Opening the URL file in explorer opens a print window (the print is empty)
  • Reïnstalling IE8 had no effect and no spyware was detected by multiple scanners

Anybody have any clue what could be the cause of this?

Thanks in advance.

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I have the following problems with favorites in IE8:

  • Adding a favorite creates it twice (once with the url as name, once with the page title as name)
  • Clicking on any favorite in IE does nothing (no error, no feedback)
  • Favorites can be deleted without problem
  • Opening the URL file in explorer opens a print window (the print is empty)
  • Reïnstalling IE8 had no effect and no spyware was detected by multiple scanners

Anybody have any clue what could be the cause of this?

Thanks in advance.


Are you actually seeing two .URL files in Favorites or just noticing both parts of it showing up in the Address bar?  The latter would be a consequence of the new AutoSuggest list being supplemented by Windows Search.  E.g. now when you start typing in the Address bar your typing matches more than just the first word of either the Favorites name or the first word of a domain name from a History URL.

Reinstalling IE would preserve your add-ons and other preferences.   So, instead of reinstalling IE or as well as reinstalling it, you could have more of an "initial install effect" by using RIES.  However, it seems that even RIES may not completely initialize the product's interfaces, e.g. just the UI and user preferences, so you may get even more "initial install effect" by using this repair procedure too:

http://iefaq.info/index.php?action=artikel&cat=42&id=133&artlang=en


HTH

Robert Aldwinckle
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