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Is there a way to change the default shortcuts in the Windows Save box? My machine shows

  • My recent documents
  • Desktop
  • My documents
  • My computer
  • My network

I'd like to remove some and add others.

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For non MSOffice applications (Office has its own dialogs):

Method #1:

Use Group Policy Editor to change things.

  • Start | Run, type in gpedit.msc
  • Navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer -> Common Open File Dialog

Method #2:

Use TweakUI

Method #3:

(standard warning for editing the registry applies.... :P)

The following key holds registry values that control items in the Windows Common Dialog (the Save, Open, Print etc dialog box):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\comdlg32

You can add folders to this by adding values to this subkey (note that this key does not exist by default):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\comdlg32\PlacesBar

You add STRING values under the PlacesBar key named Place# where you replace # with a sequential integer. Then set the value of that to be the folder path you want to have shown.

For example:

  • Place0 with a value of C:\MyNewFolder
  • Place1 with a value of C:\Work

As an aside, to totally hide the Places bar add a DWORD value under the comdlg32 key called NoPlacesBar and set it to 1.

For Office Apps, follow these links for instructions:

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That's great, thank you. –  JDelage Nov 21 '09 at 13:36
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