Place Favorites Menu in Start Bar
Here's a quick tip which saves you a step or two in opening your web browser to commonly used web sites.
To do this:
Right click on the start button and choose "properties" then hit the "customize" button.
Choose the "advanced" tab and scroll down the "start menu items" box until you reach the "favorites menu" option.
Check it to add your IE favorites list to the start menu as a new tree.