Customize the save dialog box

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Windows XP or Windows 2000 allows users the option to customize the save dialog box. This can be done by using a third party software or even manually. Software such as Tweak UI offers an easy to understand user-friendly graphical user interface that can be used to customize the left column that contains the default shortcuts for Recent Documents, My Documents, My Computer and My Network. If the save dialog box has to be customized manually, a new key has to be introduced in the Windows Registry with the name of Comdlg32 and value PlacesBar.

Customize dialog box "Save" or "Save as ..." Windows (XP or 2000);
More precisely, this is to customize the left column, containing the default shortcuts (icons) "My Recent Documents", "Office", "My Documents", "My Computer" and "My Network".

Solution 1 (using a software)

Microsoft TweakUI: 1405 microsoft tweakui

Go to Section "Common Dialogs"> "Places Bar"

Solution 2 (manual method)

  • First, as it will modify the registry of Windows, it is recommended to take proper precautions (save the registry, make a backup).
  • Then open the registry editor, if you have not already done so. Go to Start, Run, then type regedit and click OK.
  • Navigate in the tree (left column of the Registry Editor), up to:

  • Right-click on Policies and click New, and then click Key.
  • Enter the name of the new key: Comdlg32 and validate by [Enter].
  • Right-click on Comdlg32, and then click New, and Key.
  • Enter the name of the new key: PlacesBar.

At this point, if you open a dialog box "Save" or "Save as..." (in an application using the standard dialog boxes of Windows), you should see the shortcut in question had disappeared.
  • Right-click on PlacesBar, and then click New, then:

o To create a shortcut to a "personal" folder (ie any file that is not a standard Windows folder), click String Value.
  • Enter the name of the new value: Place
    (zero) and validate by [Enter].
  • Click Place
    , then Edit, and enter the path to the folder that you want to create the first shortcut (the one that is most at the top).
  • Validate by OK.
  • On the contrary, to create a shortcut to a standard Windows folder ( "My Computer", "My Documents", "My Recent Documents "...), click
    DWORD Value
  • Enter the name of the new value: Place
    (zero) and validate by [Enter].
  • Click Place
    , then Edit, and enter the number (code) corresponding to the standard Windows folder to which you want to create the first shortcut.
  • Validate by OK.
  • Repeat step 7, replacing Place0 by Place1 then Place2, etc.

There is room for 5 icons.

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