Windows XP Tips: Add Specific Folders to Open Dialog Box-XP Home only

When you use certain Windows applications (such as Notepad) to open a file, on the left  side  of  the  Open  dialog  box  are  a  group  of  icons  and  folders  (such  as  My Documents, My Recent Documents, Desktop, My Computer, and My Network) to which you can navigate to open files. A registry hack will let you put just the folders of your choosing on the left side of the Open dialog box. Note that when you do this, 
it will affect XP applications such as Notepad and Paint that use the Open and Save common dialog boxes. 

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However, it won’t affect Microsoft Office applications and other applications that don’t use the common dialog boxes. Run the Registry Editor  and  go  to  

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\comdlg32. This is the key that determines how common dialog boxes are 

You’re going to create a subkey that will create a customized location for the folders, and  then  give  that  subkey  a  series  of  values,  each of  which  will  define  a  folder location.To  start,  create  a  new  subkey  underneath  EY_CURRENT_USER \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\  Policies\comdlg32  called  Placesbar, and create a String value for it named Place0. 

Give Place0 a value of the topmost folder that you want to appear on the Open dialog box, for example, C:\Projects. Next, create another String value for Placesbar called Place1. Give it a value of the second 
folder that you want to appear on the Open dialog box. You can put up to five icons on the Open dialog box, so create new String values up to Place4 and give them values as outlined in the previous steps. When you’re done, exit the Registry.

 You won’t have to reboot for the changes to take effect. If you do not want any folders to appear  in  common  Open  dialog  boxes,  you  can  do  that  as  well.

  In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\  Policies\ comdlg32, create a new DWORD value called NoPlacesBar and give it a value of 1. Exit the Registry. If you want the folders back, either delete NoPlacesBar or give it a value of 0.

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