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The versions of Internet Explorer that were included with Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 included a favorites list, and this feature still exists in the Windows Phone 7 browser. However, Microsoft has made some changes.

In previous mobile versions of Internet Explorer the favorites list was just that—a list. In Windows Phone 7, you can actually pin a favorite Web page to the device's start page. That way if you have a favorite Web page that you use all the time, you can have instant access to it from your device's start screen.

If you look back at Figure C, you will notice an icon beneath the browser window that looks like three dots. If you click this icon, Internet Explorer will display a menu that allows you to share the page, search the page for specific content, pin the page to the device's start screen, or adjust the browser's settings. You can see what this menu looks like in Figure F.

Figure F You can pin a favorite Web page to the start menu.

The browser actually behaves much like a desktop browser in that clicking any Web link will open Internet Explorer and take you to the linked page. That way, if someone were to send you an e-mail message containing a Web link, you don't have to manually open Internet Explorer and type the URL, you can just click on the link.

Of course, the reverse is true as well. When you open a Web page, Internet Explorer analyzes the page to see if it contains phone numbers, street addresses, or e-mail addresses. Once recognized, Internet Explorer hyperlinks this type of information, even if the Web page does not include built-in hyperlinks.

For example, suppose that you use Internet Explorer to open a restaurant's Web site. After taking a look at the restaurant's menu, you decide that you want to make reservations. Once you locate the restaurant's phone number, you don't have to worry about writing it down so that you can switch to the phone interface and dial the number. Internet Explorer hyperlinks the phone number for you. All you have to do is tap the hyperlinked number and Windows Phone 7 will dial the restaurant.

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