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are favorites in metro browser available?

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  • is there a way to access the favorites list from my desktop browser while using the metro browser? frequent sites as well as those saved in my favorites folder would be more helpful using the metro browser for me.

     

    Monday, November 14, 2011 1:38 PM

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  • The Metro version of IE does not have support for Favorites and cannot access the Favorites created in the desktop browser.

    Also, the Metro version of IE does not support add-ons. But the Metro version of IE has an app bar option for “Use Desktop View”. This will open the currently viewed page in the desktop browser as plugins are supported in the desktop version of IE.

     

    Thanks,


    Marilyn
    • Marked as answer by GTODave Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:10 PM
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:02 PM
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  • is there a way to access the favorites list from my desktop browser while using the metro browser? frequent sites as well as those saved in my favorites folder would be more helpful using the metro browser for me.


    Interesting question!  I'd like to know more about the implementation differences between IE Metro and IE Desktop myself.  FWIW I can find stuff from the metro IE Address bar that I saved to Favorites using IE Desktop but I didn't rename it so that may not be a fair test.   Try renaming a Favorite so you know that the metro IE would have to be going through the usual AutoComplete search for typing made in the Address bar?   A common way to try to see what is going on would be to run ProcMon and see if there are any clues that way.   However, I have noticed that ProcMon does not always provide the same level of clarifying detail when the program being run is a .NET app, so then it would be better to know what trace facilities IE Metro will provide to an end user.   If the tracing tack doesn't help another idea would be clearing History before starting IE Metro.   E.g. if a saved URL was suggested then I suspect it would have to match one from your Favorites.   ; )

     

    HTH

    Robert Aldwinckle
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    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 4:07 AM
  • The Metro version of IE does not have support for Favorites and cannot access the Favorites created in the desktop browser.

    Also, the Metro version of IE does not support add-ons. But the Metro version of IE has an app bar option for “Use Desktop View”. This will open the currently viewed page in the desktop browser as plugins are supported in the desktop version of IE.

     

    Thanks,


    Marilyn
    • Marked as answer by GTODave Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:10 PM
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:02 PM
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  • using the desktop view is fine but i feel the added functionality of using saved favorite sites (possibly auto pin desktop favorite to metro)  between the two would improve acceptance of the metro browser rather than forcing people to be backward compatible.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:15 PM
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    The Metro version of IE does not have support for Favorites and cannot access the Favorites created in the desktop browser.

    Also, the Metro version of IE does not support add-ons. But the Metro version of IE has an app bar option for “Use Desktop View”. This will open the currently viewed page in the desktop browser as plugins are supported in the desktop version of IE.

     

    Thanks,

     


    Marilyn
    Er...there is no option for favourites, or anything similar? I understand why (possibly) there is no option for Add-ons, but every single competing browser out there has favorites as a standard, basic, and completely expected feature. Removing it makes no sense, even for Metro. I may be missing something, however; but are there any plans to reimplement them?
    • Edited by Walkop Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:13 PM
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:12 PM
  • Er...there is no option for favourites, or anything similar?


    Did you try my proposed experiment with some uniquely identifiable Favorite name?   FWIW it indicates that at least the Favorites Bar (aka Links subdirectory) is a possible input to the search from the Address bar.   I suspect it will be more general than that but I don't have any other Favorites set up in W8 so I'm leaving that experiment to someone who does and who is interested enough to bother trying it and hopefully report their results.


    FYI

    Robert
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    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:46 PM
  • Hey Robert,

     

    AutoComplete in the Address bar still works in Metro Internet Explorer 10. I created a favorite in the Favorites folder named "TEST 123abc456" among other test favorites using the desktop Internet Explorer.

     

    When I opened Metro Internet Explorer and typed TEST the favorite title of "TEST 123abc456" prefilled and went to the page when I pressed enter. Another note is that if I type "123abc456" the favorite doesn't AutoComplete, but the "TEST 123abc456" favorite does appear as a tile in the white space above the Address bar.


    Steven
    Friday, November 18, 2011 11:09 PM
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  • AutoComplete in the Address bar still works in Metro Internet Explorer 10.


    Thanks, Steven.   That's the sort of thing I was expecting we would see.

     

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    Saturday, November 19, 2011 2:57 AM