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How can I add a path to the Look In: list of folders?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    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

    robforee <> hunted and pecked:
    > How can I add a path to the Look In: list of folders?
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
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