Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows  

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows

    How to Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows
    Published by Category: Customization
    11 May 2020
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    How to Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows


    The common open file dialog box is the window that opens when you click/tap on File (menu bar) in a program (ex: Registry Editor), and click/tap on Open, Save as, Import, or Export.

    The older Windows XP style common open file dialog box has a places bar (aka: shortcut bar) in the left pane to select a location you want.

    If you like, you can specify from 1 to 5 items to be displayed in the Places Bar instead of the default items.

    The valid items you may specify to display in the Places Bar are:
    • Shortcuts to a local folders -- (ex. C:\Windows)
    • Shortcuts to remote folders -- (\\server\share)
    • FTP folders
    • Web folders
    • Shell command for common Shell folders.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the items displayed in the places bar in the common open file dialog box for all or specific users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to change the items displayed in the places bar in the common open file dialog box.



    Contents

    • Option One: Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box for Current User in Registry Editor



    EXAMPLE: Default and custom items displayed in Places bar in common open file dialog box
    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-common_dialog_box_places_bar_default_items.png Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-common_dialog_box_places_bar_custom_items.png






    OPTION ONE

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.


    1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2 In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, File Explorer, and Common Open File Dialog. (see screenshot below)

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-common_dialog_box_places_bar_gpedit-1.png

    3 In the right pane of Common Open File Dialog, double click/tap on the Items displayed in Places Bar policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4 Do step 5 (default) or step 6 (specify) below for what you would like to do.


    5 To Use Default Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box

    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.



    6 To Specify Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box

    A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)

    B) In Places to display under Options, specify from 1 to 5 items you want to be displayed in the Places Bar.

    Item numbers correspond in order from top to bottom in the Places Bar.


    C) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-common_dialog_box_places_bar_gpedit-2.png

    7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box for Current User in Registry Editor


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\comdlg32\Placesbar

    If you do not have a comdlg32 key, right click on the Policies key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type comdlg32 for the name, and press Enter.

    If you do not have a Placesbar key, right click on the comdlg32 key, click/tap on New, click/tap on Key, type Placesbar for the name, and press Enter.

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-common_dialog_box_places_bar_regedit-1.jpg

    4 In the right pane of the Placesbar key, double click/tap on the Place0, Place1, Place2, Place3, or Place4 string value for the item you want to change in the Places Bar. (see screenshot above)

    Item numbers correspond in order from top to bottom in the Places Bar.

    If you do not have a Place0, Place1, Place2, Place3, or Place4 string value, right click on an empty area in the right pane of the Placesbar key, click/tap on New, click/tap on String Value, type Place0, Place1, Place2, Place3, or Place4 for the name of the item you want to change, and press Enter.

    If you wanted to use a default item in the Places Bar, then delete the Place0, Place1, Place2, Place3, or Place4 string value for the item you want to be default, and click/tap on Yes to confirm when prompted.


    5 Specify the item you want for this item, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-common_dialog_box_places_bar_regedit-2.png

    6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 for any other items in the Places Bar you want specify or restore to default.

    7 When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 728
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #1

    hey brink, im working on setting up a config for this window and I have a question about the libraries entry.

    i cant find which windows uses by default (if you didnt modify the places bar, which libraries location is it using)?

    valid shell locations seem to be
    Code:
    shell:Libraries
    and
    Code:
    shell:UsersLibrariesFolder
    and im not sure which I should use if i want to use what windows would have already been using?

    both are seemingly resolving to the same location with the same contents, and when looking through the registry
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    has no string for libraries whereas
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
    does. So i presume its using
    Code:
    shell:Libraries
    ?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,994
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello @klepp0906,

    You could use either shell command for Libraries. They both point to the same location.
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  3. Posts : 728
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello @klepp0906,

    You could use either shell command for Libraries. They both point to the same location.
    ok, so it truly doesnt matter? in that case it makes you question why the other exists at all. Leave it to M$. i imagine one is deprecated perhaps and only there for compatibility.

    We'll go with libraries considering its easier to type and remember :P Even desktop has like 3 paths. savages :P
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,994
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    klepp0906 said:
    ok, so it truly doesnt matter? in that case it makes you question why the other exists at all. Leave it to M$. i imagine one is deprecated perhaps and only there for compatibility.

    We'll go with libraries considering its easier to type and remember :P Even desktop has like 3 paths. savages :P
    That would be my guess as well for backwards compatibility.
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  5. phrab's Avatar
    Posts : 809
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H1
       #5

    Is there a way to keep "Quick Access" & only add 4 others


    Hi Shawn:
    I followed the Steps in Option 1 & created four places (1 was already there):

    Desktop
    Documents\
    C:\Users\Phil\Documents\Info to Read from the Internet
    C:\Users\Phil\Recent

    I can't find a way to keep the Quick Access icon in there. I looked under your list of shell folders & it wasn't there. I wanted to keep that one. Where can I find it?

    Thanks!
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,994
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello @phrab,

    You could use either path below to add Quick Access. I'm not sure if the icon will be correct though.

    shell:::{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}

    or

    explorer shell:::{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}


    EDIT: Just tested, and only adds This PC instead. Back to the drawing board.
    Last edited by Brink; 14 May 2020 at 18:02.
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  7. phrab's Avatar
    Posts : 809
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H1
       #7

    Brink said:
    Hello @phrab,

    You could use either path below to add Quick Access. I'm not sure if the icon will be correct though.

    shell:::{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}

    or

    explorer shell:::{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}
    Hi Shawn:
    Thank you for the reply. I tried both of those & even logged off. I copied & pasted from what you posted & put it in the first position. It didn't add anything to the places bar. Am I missing something? Here's what my dialog box looks like:

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-common-dialog-box.png

    This is what my registry entries are at Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\comdlg32\Placesbar:

    Change Places Bar Items in Common Dialog Box in Windows-registry-places-bar.png
    Last edited by phrab; 14 May 2020 at 18:12.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,994
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    phrab said:
    Hi Shawn:
    Thank you for the reply. I tried both of those & even logged off. I copied & pasted from what you posted & put it in the first position. It didn't add anything to the places bar. Am I missing something? Here's what my dialog box looks like:
    Hmm, I just tested, and it only adds This PC to the places bar instead of Quick Access despite it opening Quick Access if used in Run (Win+R).
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  9. phrab's Avatar
    Posts : 809
    windows 10 professional 64-bit, 21H1
       #9

    Brink said:
    Hmm, I just tested, and it only adds This PC to the places bar instead of Quick Access despite it opening Quick Access if used in Run (Win+R).
    Thank you. I'll keep looking & let you know if I find anything. Please let me know if you do?

    Oh, mine didn't even add "This PC". ??
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