Remove Links-folder from Internet Explorer favorites

Internet Explorer (IE) has a menu-item called Favorites, which is folder where one can store favorite websites. By default the folder includes several non-interesting websites, which can be deleted except one folder called Links. When IE starts it checks whether the Links-folder exists and if it has been deleted then it is re-created.

The easy way is just to hide the folder:
  1. Start IE and browse into the Favorites-folder
  2. Right-click the Links-folder and select Properties
  3. Set the Attributes so it becomes Hidden
  4. Press the Ok-button
The hard way is to stop the folder from being re-created:
  1. Open the registry and set this registry value to an empty string:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software \Microsoft \Internet Explorer \Toolbar]
    LinksFolderName = "" (Default value = "Links")

  2. Start IE and browse into the Favorites-folder
  3. Right-click the Links-folder and select Delete

Updated: 23 September 2007

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