In Internet Explorer 9, the favorite icon is located to the right of the toolbar.
Can I move the icon to the left of the toolbar?
Ok, I found the answer: you can't!
Currently there isn’t a way to move the Favorites button to the left side of the screen.
Steven Microsoft Answers Support Engineer
I was unhappy with favourites on the right. A tip on the web was to open the favourites toolbar. Then open "organise favourites" and create a new folder in the favourites bar folder. In my case I named it FAV. Drag all your favourites into the new folder. I deleted all the other unwanted items on the favourites bar leaving only FAV showing.
The great thing is that as I have favorites organised in folders and sub folders, they open from the left across the screen in a clear and logical fashion.
The IE9 screen remains clean and uncluttered with just FAV on the favourites toolbar.
Here is a fix.
You must create the Fav folder with IE or you will not be able to add to it. It actually creates the folder in a hidden system folder called links.
Place your cursor at the blue area near the top of the page
Right click, then place a tick beside the top item (called Menu Bar)
Six words appear on the LHS of the screeen in small type one of which is favourites
It isnt a star shaped icon but it does much the same job
I'd like a homepage icon on the LHS too but cant make that happen. So I have saved my homepage as one of my favourites instead and put it at the top for easyish access.
Send Microsoft some pointed feedback saying how awful it is that there is no LHS option for the star icon. Maybe they will get the message.
I really liked your suggestion so I thought I would let you know you can do something to make it work even better.
I came up with this about a year ago because I use the favorites bar to display my favorites sub folders like "News" "Finance" "Shopping" etc... and wanted the folders in my favorites kept in sync with my favorites bar. I.E. when I added a new favorite to "C:\users\%username%\Favorites\News" I also wanted the new site to be added to".\Favorites Bar\News" that way both locations are always the same.
With the solution you added every time you add a new favorite you have to also add it to favorites bar\FAV\ or they do not stay in sync.
You can keep them in sync by instead of copying the contents of your favorites to the favorites bar you create a SYMBOLIC LINK to do this:
cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter)
mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\Favorites C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites(note that "C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links" is the actual path of the favorites bar)
Personally I make a batch file, here is how my batch file looks:
mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\News C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\News mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\Downloads C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Downloads mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\Finance C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Finance mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\Reviews C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Reviews mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\Shopping C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Shopping mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\Misc C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Misc mklink /d C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites\Links\Favorites C:\Users\%UserName%\Favorites