How do I add items to all users 'Favorites', preferably via GPO?

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the screenshot is just an example from W7 but I'm actually working with 2008R2 Server and RDS


This turned out to be straightforward enough. The 'Favorites' are in %userprofile%\Links (and not in %userprofile%Favorites as you might think).

Knowing that, shortcuts can then be defined under Preferences\Window Settings\Shortcuts:

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  • Haha, well done, I'd vote this 10 times if I could! I spent ages searching for a hidden Favorites folder. Make sure to come back and accept this as an answer when the timeout ends.
    – Dan
    Dec 14 '12 at 9:31
  • Awesome, glad to see this is doable now, great work! Dec 14 '12 at 13:21

This document is a bit old but it gives two general ideas:

  1. There isn't a GPO that allows the list to be customized by default.
  2. You can use logon scripts to "install" different locations to the user's account.

So you are basically forced to utilize a logon script to accomplish this. It shouldn't be too hard but you will need to find the relevant instructions for the OSes you have in your environment.

  • Thanks for answering here Brent, although I found another way, I still appreciate your effort.
    – user83664
    Dec 15 '12 at 11:14

if i understood correctly, all you want is to have a URL added to IE so that when the users click on "Favorites" it will be there...

That's how i usually do it here:

  • assuming you already have a Group Policy Object created, right click on it and select "Edit". Then, go to "User Configuration" and expand "Polices"; expand "Windows Settings"; expand "Internet Explorer Maintenance" and select "URLs" and on the right panel double click on "Favorites and Links".

so, no scripts.. nothing to fancy! just point and click!!

let me know


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