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August 2, 2005 1:01:01 PM

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How can I add a path to the Look In: list of folders?

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August 2, 2005 5:24:10 PM

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Use TweakUI, Edit the registry or use System Policy Editor. Or if Office
XP, scroll down.

Edit the Places bar locations in Open Save As common dialog boxes

This works for 2002 also.
How to Customize the Places Bar Word 2000;en-us;205041

Microsoft Office XP
HOW TO Customize the My Places Bar in the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes;en-us;282087

Customize the Places Bar in Office XP


[+] Common Dialogs
Places bar

Places bar
? Custom places bar

Places bar
[[This enables changing the location when a common dialog is opened. You can
use the default values or you can choose a custom location to open when a
common dialog box is opened.]]

Common Dialog Boxes
[[The common dialog boxes, such as the Save As dialog box, display the
places bar on the left side. These are shortcuts to common folders, which
make getting around much easier. By default, you see the History, Documents,
Desktop, Favorites, and My Network Places folders there. You can customize
the folders that appear in the places bar by using the Common Dialogs
category in Tweak UI.]]

Download TweakUI here >>>

Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

Tweak UI

Tweak UI for Windows XP Guide


[[First you add to
the PlacesBar subkey. In PlacesBar, create the REG_DWORD values Place0,
Place1, Place2, Place3, and Place4. These correspond to the five available
buttons from top to bottom. The common dialog boxes will display only the
buttons specified by these values; if there is a PlacesBar subkey with no
values, an empty places bar will be displayed. Then set PlacesN to one of
the settings in shown in Table]]

Folders for the Places Bar
Folder Value
Desktop 0x00
Favorites 0x06
My Documents 0x05
My Music 0x0D
My Computer 0x11
Network Neighborhood 0x12
History 0x22
My Pictures 0x27
Recent Documents 0x08


System Policy Editor and Templates

Hope this helps. Let us know.

MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

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robforee <> hunted and pecked:
> How can I add a path to the Look In: list of folders?
January 19, 2010 3:00:46 PM

There is a much easier way to add folders to the "Look In" list of an "open" window:

1. Get to the "open" window (by doing a "save as" from Word, for example)
2. Navigate to the folder you want to add to the "Look In" list. For this example, we'll call the folder "XYZ"
3. Click that folder once so it's highlighted (don't open it). "XYZ" should now be highlighted, not opened.
4. Right click on any folder in the "Look In" window. One of the options will be "Add XYZ". Select it.
5. XYZ will now be in the "Look In" list but it will be at the end of the list. Right click on "XYZ" in the "Look In" list and you'll get a pull down list including "move up" or "move down". You can rearrange all the items in that list any way you wish.
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January 19, 2010 11:58:12 PM

Bob is right. His way is easier than TweakUI and much easier than handling those registry edits.

But the easiest way I found so far was using something called Truly Your Places Bar. I first tried the the free version. I really liked it (I paid only $3 for the full version).
December 22, 2010 6:51:34 AM

Bob's method fails for me at step 4... I get no context menu whatsoever when right-clicking on anything in the Common Dialog's Look In dropdown/picklist (whether MRU is enabled or not, and whether the PlacesBar has been customized or not).
December 23, 2010 3:28:05 AM

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