Creating an invisible favourite in Internet Explorer
April 02nd, 2006 - 06:00 pm ET by
For some people, memorising the address of a favourite is necessary. A favourite can be very useful, but not always practical as you may not want everybody to be able to see it. In this case you can make it available only to yourself, or even better, completely invisible! Let us use the example that you want to add an online travel site, but you want to be sure that your planned surprise to Venice is not ruined. We will see how you can create a hidden favourite so that your surprise will be saved!
Click “Start”, “Run” and type “Regedit”. Press “OK” and you will have access to Windows Registry.
Go to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\AboutURLs
Now create a new chain value by going to Edit > New. We will give this new entry the same name as that of your invisible favourite, for example gnt.
Double click on this new key and enter the address of the corresponding Internet site that you are using for this shortcut, e.g. http://www.generation-nt.com.
Editing the new chain value
The favourite is active and accessible from the address bar by typing: “about:name of the favourite”. In our example this would correspond to “about:gnt”
Our favourite loaded into Internet Explorer
Once your trip to Venice has been announced or been taken then you can delete this favourite by going back to the same location in the registry and deleting the corresponding key.
To create these entries easier you can also download this reg file and edit it to your needs.
To do this, right click on the file and select “Edit”. The “gnt” field corresponds to the name of the favourite and the http://www.generation-nt.com address corresponds to address that this favourite will direct you. After you have made your changes you will have to save the file. Here you can see in the capture the fields that you will need to change: