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Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to fix the Favorites shortcuts in Windows Explorer

I noticed my Favorites shortcuts weren’t showing up like normal in Windows Explorer, and after a little investigation and research, it was a simple fix.

  1. Navigate to C:\Users\[user]
  2. If there isn’t a “Links” folder, create one
  3. Right-click on the “Links” folder and select “Properties”
  4. Under the “General” tab, make sure “Read-only” is not checked (if there’s a blue box there that’s also bad)
  5. Once you’re sure that the folder is not flagged as read-only, close any Windows Explorer windows you have open and reopen one
  6. You should now be able to either right-click “Favorites” in Windows Explorer and click “Restore favorite links” or “Add current location to Favorites”

This worked for me.

My problem was that I mistakenly deleted my “Links” folder from my home folder. I added a new “Links” folder, but it still wasn’t working. That’s when I found that the folder was marked as read-only. Once I removed the read-only flag, it started working perfectly again.

How to: Ubuntu Firefox Backspace button fix

When using Firefox in Windows, pressing the Backspace button goes back a page in history, as if you clicked the “Back” button. However, when using Firefox in Ubuntu, by default the Backspace button does nothing.

Here’s how to make the Backspace button go back a page when using Firefox for Ubuntu:

  1. Go to about:config in Firefox
  2. Search for “Backspace”
  3. Change ‘browser.backspace_action’ to 0 (zero).

Chad added a useful note in the comments below: “set it to 2 and you won’t get sent back a page while typing on the web, it’s annoying to lose all your info after hours of work because of a shortcut key” – Thanks Chad!
UPDATE: According to user blameitonthesatelite, “This seems to have stopped working as of v 27.0 (although 0 works)”


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