How to Customize the File Open/Save Dialog Box in Windows

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Published on Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:00:06 +0000 Indexed on 2011/11/16 1:57 UTC
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Generally, there are two kinds of Open/Save dialog boxes in Windows. One kind looks like Windows Explorer, with the tree on the left containing Favorites, Libraries, Computer, etc. The other kind contains a vertical toolbar, called the Places Bar.

The Windows Explorer-style Open/Save dialog box can be customized by adding your own folders to the Favorites list. You can, then, click the arrows to the left of the main items, except the Favorites, to collapse them, leaving only the list of default and custom Favorites.

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The Places Bar is located along the left side of the File Open/Save dialog box and contains buttons providing access to frequently-used folders. The default buttons on the Places Bar are links to Recent Places, Desktop, Libraries, Computer, and Network. However, you change these links to be links to custom folders of your choice.

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We will show you how to customize the Places Bar using the registry and using a free tool in case you are not comfortable making changes in the registry.

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