In the standard Windows open file dialog (the dialog that comes up with the "File > Open" menu entry in Notepad, for example), I would like to be able to type a path containing slashes
/. But only backslashes are accepted (I tried in both Windows XP and Windows 7). I can open
c:\autoexec.bat, but if I try opening
c:/autoexec.bat, I get the error message
c:/autoexec.bat The file name is not valid.
Windows accepts slashes as a path separator in some contexts, but sadly not in the open file dialog, at least by default.
Is there a magic registry setting, add-on program or other reasonable¹ method that would let me use slashes in the Windows file opening dialog? I am especially interested in Office 2007 running under Windows 7, but would prefer a solution that applies to all applications that use the standard dialog under XP and 7.
“Don't use Windows” is not an option.