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How to Alphabetize (Sort)
Favorites & Bookmarks

Here's something I am often asked by readers:
Q - How Do I Alphabetize Favorites in Internet Explorer?
      ...or... How Do I Alphabetize Bookmarks in Firefox?
A - Right-click any item in a list and then click on Sort by Name.

Why I DO NOT Use Any Browser's Favorites or Bookmarks

Well, I do have several lists of favorite websites, but I do it the easy way. Here's how:

As an example, I have a Folder on my Desktop called Tech News, which contains links to a number of sites with technical articles. I have another Desktop Folder named Images, that contains links to sites displaying interesting drawings, paintings and photos. Here's how to create such folders and put links inside them:

Right-click any blank space on your Desktop. Then click on New>Folder. Finally, type in a name for the folder, such as Favorites. Finally, drag the folder to a location near any edge of your Desktop.

The next time you find yourself on an interesting website that you would like to access again in the future do this:

Make sure the web page does not fill your screen - you need to be able to see your Favorites folder at the same time you're viewing the page. If the page fills your screen, click on the "Overlapping Squares" button (between the Dash button and the X button) in the upper right corner of your screen. Then grab the blue bar along the top edge of the web page and drag it to where you can see the Favorites folder you created.

Finally, grab the icon to the left of the web site address at the top of the page and drag it onto your Favorites folder. When the folder turns dark it means you have succeeded in placing a copy of (a link to) the page. In the future, simply double-click the Favorites folder to open it, and then click on the link (shortcut) to access the page (assuming, of course, that you are connected to the Internet).

Understanding Favorites & Bookmarks

All browsers have a place where a user can maintain a list of interesting websites that he or she might like to access again in the future. In Internet Explorer and AOL's Browser this list is labeled Favorites. In Google Chrome and Firefox the list is called Bookmarks.

An individual Favorite or Bookmark is a link (hyperlink) that connects a user's computer to a website's computer/server on the Internet when it is clicked or if it is typed into a browser's URL (uniform resource locator) address line, followed by clicking the right-arrow at the end of the address (or by pressing ENTER).

A Favorite/Bookmark link consists of two parts: the commonly used name of the site to which it connects such as, say,, and the underlying HTML code that is the actual address of the URL.

HTML (hypertext markup language)

The actual Domain Name of this site, for instance, is The unseen HTML tag that connects someone's computer to this site looks like this:
<a href="">www.</a>, which normally looks like this on your screen: www. (often in blue text with an underscore, although this is optional).

The section that reads: <a href=""> is where the actual Internet address of the site is placed, while the part that reads: can be changed to just about anything you want, such as: Don's Place or PC Don. These would cause the Favorite or Bookmark link to read: Don's Place or PC Don (using the traditional underscored blue lettering).

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