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April 19, 2010 7:19:37 PM

Friends,

When you go to save a file, a dialogue box appears that on the left has several pre-set choices (such as 'history' 'my documents' 'desktop' etc.)

Is there a way to define one of those pre-set choices to be a folder of your own choosing?

Thanks!
April 19, 2010 7:24:31 PM

Depends on the application. Some may let you do this, or remember your last choice, others don't.
April 19, 2010 7:35:04 PM

Thanks ijack,

I'm looking at the save-as dialogue boxes for Word, Excel, Acrobat -- they all seem pretty similar to me.
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April 19, 2010 8:09:16 PM

The dialog boxes will be similar as they are using the same Windows API to present the information. But the application can choose what values it uses to initialize that dialog, in particular the default path. You can certaily change this default in Office - have a look at this article. It may be possible to do similar things with other apps.
April 19, 2010 10:50:08 PM

(later...)

I checked out the "Changing the File Save Location in Office 2007" article, and the topic is right-on, but it doesn't quite arrive at the solution I seek.

The process described in the article above is supposed to establish what default folder opens. But somehow it doesn't seem to always function that way -- I find my Word save-as dialogue box seems to revert to the folder linked to the last-saved (or opened?) file.

What I seek is this: in that same save-as dialogue box there are several icons to the left of the 'Save in' 'File name' and 'Save as type' drop-downs.

One of them, for instance, is 'My Documents.' I'd like to change that icon (which always appears there in the same way) to direct to a folder of my choosing. It does not seem easy to accomplish this!
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BTW, I'm using Word 2002. The instructions in the above-referenced article are for Word 2007, but one can follow them by substituting the first two steps with:

1. Click the Office button [for Word 2002, select ‘tools’ then ‘options’]

2. Select Advanced [for Word 2002, skip this]
April 21, 2010 12:28:59 AM

Ijack misunderstood the question. I use Word 2000. You're talking about the folder view with common folders listed at the left, which is a Windows function and can't be changed.

You can save into any folder by dropping down the menu at the top of the navigation box, which is a "picture" of your filing tree. There's a tiny triangular arrow there to click. Then drill down to save in whatever folder you want. You don't have to use the list at the left at all. I've never used it in 15 years of computing.

But Word does remember the last one used, and that you can't fix. Just choose whatever folder or subfolder you want each time.
April 21, 2010 3:50:46 AM

Thank you graywolf,

You've hit on exactly what I'd like to change. One click on a pre-set icon would make my day MUCH more simple than having to click through the folder tree to where I want to be.

That's simple to do, yes, but annoyingly time consuming!
April 21, 2010 4:21:35 AM

You might be able to find a registry tweak at KellysKorner or another Windows site, but I've never looked.

If there's a folder you use most of the time, you can just change the "Save as" location in the Word menu bar. Tools>Options>File locations. But that's Word 2000, not 2002. (I thought the next version was 2003. [:graywolf:1] )

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April 21, 2010 4:27:48 AM
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April 22, 2010 11:20:54 PM

Graywolf -- you're brilliant!

I clicked through the link you provided and poked around a bit, and found the exact instructions needed at:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826214

After years of asking the highest-level tech support folks I ever encountered -- all to no avail -- the process is actually quite straightforward.

Blessings to you and to TomsHardware.com for connecting me with the solution!!!
April 23, 2010 2:44:45 AM

All I did was Google it.

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April 30, 2010 12:01:03 AM

graywolf said:
All I did was Google it.

Best answer?

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Done.
April 30, 2010 12:01:38 AM

Best answer selected by newground.
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