Solved Favorites on classic start menu

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September 16, 2015 at 21:24:09
Specs: Vista Ultimate, SP2, 3.0Ghz/2Ghz
I copied the favorites folder and pasted it to the start menu. I noticed that new bookmarks are not added to the favs folder on the start menu but in IE the new bookmarks are there. How can I get bookmarks to update on the classic start menu? I think you can do this with the default start menu in Vista but I'm not sure if it works with the classic start menu. Thanks.

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#1
September 17, 2015 at 00:41:32
IE wouldn't know to update Favorites in both places. You should be able to do it if you create a shortcut to that folder. Then you can move the shortcut wherever you want it. You can probably delete the copied folder you created and replace it with the shortcut. The shortcut will link to the original Favorites folder so the new additions will show.

To create the shortcut navigate to the Favorites folder from My Computer. For some reason the 'create shortcut' option didn't show when I used Explore. (That was on an XP computer. I assume Vista will be the same.)

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#2
September 17, 2015 at 07:46:09
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The Favorites folder should be here:
C:\Users\userName\Favorites
Replace "userName" with your true Windows Vista user name.

If all else fails, delete the folder you made then do a search for one or more of your Favorites, which should unearth it.

As DAVE points out, a one time copy of a folder (duplicate) will never change. A "Shortcut" to the folder will always link you to what currently exists within the original.

A shortcut can be dragged onto the start button (copied) and will then appear in the left side of the Start Menu. However it will also have to be retained wherever it was placed or it will vanish from the Start Menu.

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#3
September 18, 2015 at 12:01:26
Thanks for the info! Works great! I was able to make a shortcut of the favorites folder from Explorer. The context menu as a "Send To" option. I used that to create a shortcut and send it to the desktop. From there I just copied and pasted the shortcut onto the start menu.

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#4
September 18, 2015 at 12:05:36
Yep, lots of variations on a theme possible with computers. Glad to hear you sorted it and thanks for letting us know.

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#5
October 6, 2015 at 19:02:18
I am adding a follow up to this post. When you put the shortcut on the start menu, it doesn't fan out. When I copied the favorites folder and pasted it to the start menu, it fanned out. That's the functionality I want. With the shortcut on the start menu, it just opens the favorites folder. How do it make it behave like Programs when you hover the mouse over Programs and it automatically expands out?

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#6
October 7, 2015 at 09:15:50
I'm not understanding what you mean by "hovering over programs causes them to automatically fan out". Can you elaborate please, maybe give an example of something that does this which I can check on my computer?

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#7
October 8, 2015 at 15:29:26
I don't know what OS you're using but I am using Vista with the classic start menu. What I mean by expand or fan out is this: Hover your mouse over Programs on the start menu; it automatically expands and shows you the programs on the computer. Programs is actually a folder. When a folder is on the start menu, it understands it is a folder and will open up and show you the contents on the start menu without opening another window. Not so with a shortcut. You have to click on the shortcut and it opens the folder in another window making an extra step necessary. I guess I just have to periodically copy the latest links to the folder on the start menu, if I want to have a folder on the start menu that automaticalyy expands out rather than just use a shortcut. Otherwise, I probably would have to do some registry hack to make it behave the way I want.

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#8
October 8, 2015 at 16:06:51
Aha, fine, I know exactly what you mean now. I think the issue with the shortcut not fanning out when "moused over" is because that feature is only added to specific situations and areas in Windows. I don't know the way around it but as you say there might be a registry hack but I've no idea what or where.

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#9
October 11, 2015 at 11:38:05
I just copied and pasted the favorites folder to the start menu in XP also. I think it's safe to say that if you copy a folder to the start menu it will open the folder on the start menu and not in a separate window. In other words, the fan out behavior on the start menu works with folders, not shortcuts. Keeping the copy synchronized with the original folder is another question. A work around would be copying latest links to the favorites folder on the start menu and order links by date modified so the latest links appear towards the top.

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#10
October 11, 2015 at 12:48:14
Yes, I'm sure you are right. Keeping them updated (synchronised) sounds tedious unless you can arrange for a batch file to do it.

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