Holy cow, I wrote a book!
A customer created some shortcuts in the
expecting them to appear in the Favorites menu for all users.
Instead, they appeared in the Favorites menu for no users.
CSIDL_COMMON_FAVORITES value was
added at the same time as the other
and its name strongly suggests that its relationship to
CSIDL_FAVORITES is the same as the relationship
That suggestion is a false one.
CSIDL_COMMON_FAVORITES is not hooked
up to anything.
It's another of those vestigial values
created with the intent of actually doing something
but that thing never actually happened.
I don't think any version of Internet Explorer ever
paid any attention to that folder.
Maybe the designers decided that it was a bad idea and cut the feature.
Maybe it was an oversight.
Whatever the reason, it's just sitting there wasting space.
Sorry for the fake-out.
Another customer wanted to know why creating a
Explorer\Quick Launch directory and putting
shortcuts into it did not result in those shortcuts appearing
in every user's Quick Launch bar.