Creating a Common Favorites Folder

A question from reader Chuck G.:

"I use a small LAN (10/100 BaseT) in my home office with three

computers all running Windows 2000 Professional. I use a fourth

computer, also running Windows 2000 Professional, as a print server

and for file storage. Can the print server have a common Favorites

folder? This would be a great help to me since we would all have

ready access to the same favorites."

Yes, you can place the Favorites folder on the server. Just run Windows

Explorer and copy the current Favorites folder to a drive on the

server. On the other two computers, run Windows Explorer and copy the

contents of their Favorites into the new Favorites folder.

Since this requires a registry edit, we must warn you, as usual, to be

careful. With this in mind, click Start, Run, type "regedit", and press

Enter. When RegEdit opens, navigate to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Use

r Shell Folders. In the right pane, double-click Favorites and type in

the path to your new folder. As an example, you might type in

\\Myserver\D\favorites. Close RegEdit and then repeat this process on

the remaining computers.

The next time you run Internet Explorer, it should load the new

Favorites. To check your work, choose Favorites and make sure that all

links are present on all computers. This procedure will work with

Windows NT 4.0 as well as Windows 2000.

Note that you may notice a slight decrease in display speed using a

shared Favorites folder, compared to having the Favorites folder on the

local computer.

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