|You are absolutely right. I am not following you:: "but your [sic] not following what i am asking. I must be still explaining it wrong|
I thought you were talking about different browser behaviors [review your original post], but all along, you were talking OS [Windows] behavior. Windows and IE are "integrated"... and that has (#&%#$!) consequences!!
Regardless, try my previous suggestion about dragging the IE Links Bar to a separate position, w.g.: below the [optional] Menu Bar, and I think you will see that IE behaves much the same as Firefox. "Links" are independent of "Favorites".