XP Pro, SP3. Is it possible to resize PERMANENTLY program "File > Open" dialog boxes? (I know it's possible to hold down the Ctrl button whilst resizing but the new size is not "remembered")

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File-Ex can enlarge the size of the default open/save dialog boxes and adds also several other features.

  • Automatically enhances almost all Windows applications, saving you valuable time.
  • Larger file window reduces scrolling clicks by up to 90%.
  • Re-opens the last folder used so you don't have to hunt for it each time you open a file.
  • Default to the sorting you like, and have it remember the column widths in details view.
  • Remembers 100 recent and favorite folders / files, reducing clicks to the file you need.
  • Create and open a new folders with fewer steps -- opens to the new folder automatically.
  • Built-in Find tool searches all of your hard drives for files.
  • ...and more!
  • (Works in all versions of Windows from 95 to XP)

FileOpenPatcher can enlarge the Open dialog, by patching the relevant DLL. This one is free.

  • You sound like a sales pitch. Other than that, this is probably the best solution. +1 to give you your 2000. Congrats. Oct 1, 2009 at 15:30
  • Sales pitch, while listing a free one? ;-) Thanks for the +1 and the congrats!
    – Snark
    Oct 1, 2009 at 17:29

FileBox eXtender, an open-source product, will resize the file dialog, in addition to extending its functionality with a "Favorites" menu and a "Recent Folders" menu.

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