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Microsoft Surface Tip: Internet Explorer Favorites

Pin button on Surface IE 10

The Microsoft Surface comes pre-loaded with Internet Explorer 10 and the one thing that was odd (or at least for me) was the lack of an obvious way to save a website as a favorite.  I kept looking for a 'star" button to add sites to my favorites list.

The process of adding a website as a favorite ended up being rather simple. Just tap on the "pin" button and you'll find two options. First to pin the site to your Start Screen for easy access and second, to add the site as a favorite.

To access your favorites, just tap on the URL field to pull up a tile list listing of frequently visited sites as well as your favorites.

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Kreblon says:

Will IE10 sync favorites between devices like Chrome does?

rangerdogy says:

Yes, if you choose that option.
 

Michaelkett says:

Yes with windows 8 / RT you can set many things to sync...not just favorites

Tomasz S. says:

In Window 8 not only pinned sites but also the recent list and also all browsing history is synchronized between all your PCs. For me that makes bookmarks obsolete, I get along perfectly without them, and I don't have to clean up the favourites folder :) Another thing that I love is that my saved logins and passwords are synced too. I wish my WP could also join that party.

Maybe I am just stupid or something, but how do you save a login and password? I figured when I logged into a website, somewhere it would ask me if I want the password saved, but it doesn't.

ymcpa says:

Mine does ask to save passwords. I think you have to turn the autfill feature on for this to work.

sholokov says:

That was actually not too hard to find as there are only a couple of buttons in the Metro version. Some may have not tried the pin button, thinking this was pin only.

WPSteve says:

I want a Surface. :( Dang PRO needs to come out...

vaultboy21 says:

was going to hold-off the Pro, but then I said, fuck it I have a PC already anyways. got the RT and am extremely satisfied, plus there's remote desktop which lets me control my full PC right there.

sholokov says:

Absolutely. I am disabled and having Remote access has been a lifesaver. I used to use my phone for that (RemoteSuite) but a phone screen is not that practical. Plus Surface came with a keyboard making the experience very pleasing

Barrett1134 says:

Nokia but because I am on Verizon I'd love to get an HTC 8x in the super cool blue. Again love the site and the spreading of the good word guys!!!

Ummm...wrong article? Were you trying to comment on the article where you could win a free phone?

sHAYM4N says:

Hehehee *chortle*

Unfortunately, Favorites on Surface are hard to use if you're like me and have hundreds. :(

mikewp says:

Ya, that is going to be a sore point with some. It was with me at first until I went through my list of favorites 95% of which I hadn't visited in over a year. Deleted every single link except a couple absolute  must haves and just decided to start over. It'll force me to only keep links that are really worth keeping. I figure 10 or 20 at any time before I need to do some cleanup. Still, if users come back with a lot of complaints, they'll be forced to come up with some kind of solution. I'm ok with it either way.

Hoekie says:

So are they still favorites or are they all websites you visit ;)

ymcpa says:

It's both. The favorites are to the right of the websites you visit.

In my situation, they're a combination of Favorites AND Bookmarks. Since I'm the IT guy where I work, I keep most of my bookmarks to product documentation and download sites, and to be honest, I use most of them at least once per business quarter as I keep my software up-to-date. There are sites that I only have as a reference ... obscure documentation for issues that I will encounter rarely but need solutions handy when I do, so I don't have to spend hours Binging or Googling for them again.

Luc4 says:

One thing you could do is to export favorites from IE9 and then open the htm file instead as favorites list.
Haven't checked yet but does IE10 for desktop have the traditional tree layout for favorites? It might be same as IE9 not sure.

luv2skipow says:

Wht no folder preservation or option???
Scrolling through all those tiles is a major pain.

yosagojimbo says:

Agreed, that's the worse thing I've found about windows8 (other than complete lack of pop3 support in the mail app)

AriesDog says:

That's the one thing I hate about IE10.

Exactly what I said. I'd much prefer a screen like on Windows Phone where I can navigate more easily. Or, at least have section/folder jumps. Something to make it easier.

fbendotti says:

I don't keep everything on the desktop. Things that I use infrequently, I just type a few letters and they show up. I also love the fact that you can pinch and zoom out on the desktop to see all times to allow fast navigation

rjygraham says:

Another tip in case you don't know but you can drag pages left and right to navigate backward and forward...

Hope that helps someone out!

chsoriano says:

Yup, and if the webpage you are viewing supports it, you can also use "browse/flip ahead" such as on some forum software and multi-page web articles.

chsoriano says:

Forgot to mention, just drag left as if you were going forward and if the page website supports it you will be taken to the next page.

jimski says:

Knew how to save a favorite, but was stumped on retrieving. Thanks.

kahibbi says:

Ditto here ... thanks for the retrieval tip.

rbuckton says:

Here's a tip: Apparently you can hold the Windows key at the bottom of the bezel and press the volume down button on the rocker on the left to take a screenshot that gets saved to your Pictures folder.

kahibbi says:

Very cool tip on the screenshot. Thanks!

Pour68 says:

The interface of the site is very beautiful congratulation WPCentral development team thanks for tips GP... Pouria Nayeb

nsg1000 says:

Try holding down the windows button and then pressing volume down to take a screenshot, now thats a tip!  Then type paint in the search bar to open paint so you can save the screenshot that is in your clipboard.  Oh and try searching for notepad cmd control panel etc they are all there.

erasure25 says:

The picture actually gets auto saved to you pictures hub in a screenshot folder, no need for paint!

wpisexciting says:

 

Morningstar today about Nokia:
Share price assumption at this moment: 2.40 euro (Nokia share is in Helsinki right now 2.06 euro, in New York 2.56 dollar)
Best scenario (if WP8 phones go well): the stock price will go to about 7.70 euro per share)
Worst scenario: no bankruptcy, because Nokia would be sold in parts before that.
Estimated price for this: intellectual properties over 1 euro per share;
other business parts (smartphones, featurephones, NSN) at least over 1.50 euro per share.
And NAVTEQ´s price not included (Nokia bought NAVTEQ with about 7 billion euro). All in all even in this case, Nokia share price would be at least over 2.5 euro. Pretty much like my thoughts and analysis.

 

mwright53 says:

Tool me a while to figure that out on my own. MS does have some tutorials on line which can greatly speed up the learning curve

Tomasz S. says:

I thought everyone around here already tried the Release Preview and had all that stuff figured out by now.