There are two types of "Open file" dialogs.

One is "Windows Explorer-style dialog" enter image description here

The other, "Places bar dia enter image description here

I would like to use always the Windows Explorer-style dialog, since it is customizable and there is space for a lot of items.

I has been searching in Google without luck. I found a guide to modify the places bar, but it isnt what I want.

  • This belongs on Stack Overflow since you ask about achieving the effect in your own application
    – kinokijuf
    Jun 8, 2014 at 11:58
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    @kinokijuf are you sure? I don't see any reference to the OP trying to do this as part of a programming project. I am reading like the OP is trying to force windows to prefer 1 style over the other in any application. Jun 8, 2014 at 12:09
  • @psubsee2003 but this is impossible, you can’t change the code of other applications
    – kinokijuf
    Jun 8, 2014 at 12:13
  • @kinokijuf then we need the OP to clarify. But the impossibility of it doesn't automatically mean he is trying to do it for an app he is developing. Jun 8, 2014 at 12:32
  • psubsee2003 is right. It may have not been implemented but i think it is possible. Some "Open file" dialogs are hard coded, but the ones showed in captures are used by most programs so I think it could be easier to change (with a hack for example).
    – NeDark
    Jun 8, 2014 at 16:37


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