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Q: IE6 Favourites: an Unwanted Links Folder ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: IE6 Favourites: an Unwanted Links Folder
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: probonopublico-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 19 Mar 2004 01:59 PST
Expires: 18 Apr 2004 02:59 PDT
Question ID: 318253
I have just Organised my Favourites and (once again) I have deleted
the (empty) Links Folder that was sitting there.

Having previously deleted the Folder on several occasions, I am aware
that it has a life of its own and, unless I take extreme measures,
that it will not lie dead for long.

Now, I want to drive a stake into its heart so that it NEVER appears again.

Any ideas?
Subject: Re: IE6 Favourites: an Unwanted Links Folder
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 19 Mar 2004 02:51 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi there,

The Microsoft Knowledgebase says that although you cannot delete it,
you can hide it:

"Although the Links folder cannot be deleted, the properties of the
Links folder can be set to Hidden so that the folder is no longer
displayed when you open the Favorites.

To set the properties of the Links folder to Hidden: 

1. Click Favorites on the toolbar. 
2. Right-click the Links folder, and then click Properties. 
3. Click to select the Hidden check box. 
4. Click OK. 

You can press F5 to refresh the file listing and the Links folder will
no longer be displayed, although it will still be in the system and
function normally."

Cannot Move, Delete, or Rename Links Folder on Favorites Menu

Several sites describe this registry hack to kill it for good:

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]
Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below.
Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: LinksFolderName
Value Data: [Set the String Value to a blank string]
Open Internet Explorer and manually delete the Links folder from Favorites Menu.
The Links folder will not be recreated.
Exit Registry and Reboot

Search keywords:
registry hack "links folder" "links folder"

Best wishes,
probonopublico-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

That's great. Many thanks.

I really hate it when the computer wants to do its own thing
regardless of my wishes.

Subject: Re: IE6 Favourites: an Unwanted Links Folder
From: kemlo-ga on 19 Mar 2004 10:44 PST
Get a proper computer (MAC)
Subject: Re: IE6 Favourites: an Unwanted Links Folder
From: probonopublico-ga on 21 Mar 2004 00:13 PST
Sorry, Kemlo, A BAD suggestion!

A VERY BAD suggestion!

Please see ID 318822 for further details.

(Incidentally, the fix that Robert Skelton recommended worked perfectly.)

Thanks again, Robert!

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