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    Places Bar

    Does anyone know if you can add an extra icon to the Places Bar in Word 2000?

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    Re: Places Bar

    Word 2000 I think not. But Word 10 (2002?) currently in beta will allow Places bar modifications.
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    Re: Places Bar

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Phil Rabichow on 01/01/22 05:04.</FONT></P>OK, guys. You gotta be kidding. This is the WOPR Lounge, right? Woody's taken care of you. Go to

    http://www.wopr.com/office2000/placebar.htm

    & download his placebar customizer.[img]/w3timages/icons/grin.gif[/img]

    Of course, if you want to do it the hard way, here's a tip I copied some time ago. I think it's from the Microsoft KB:

    Place Bar Customizer: Modifying the Registry
    April 16, 1999
    In Microsoft Office 2000, you can make your own list of favorite places readily available to users by customizing the shortcuts on the Places Bar. The Open and Save As dialog boxes (File menu) in many Office 2000 applications contain a Places Bar. The Places Bar provides shortcuts to folders on the network, the local hard drive, even the Web. By default, the Places Bar includes shortcuts to the following locations:

    History
    My Documents (Windows 95/98) or Personal (Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000)
    Desktop
    Favorites
    Web Folders

    By modifying a few settings in the Windows registry, you can customize the Places Bar to include additional shortcuts to the locations that your users find most helpful.

    NoteThe Places Bar appears in Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word.
    Replace a Default Shortcut on the Places Bar
    By default, the buttons on the Places Bar display as large icons, which limits you to five shortcuts. To replace one of the default shortcuts with your own shortcut, you must first hide one of the default shortcuts.
    To hide a shortcut on the Places Bar
    1.In the Windows registry, locate the following subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice9.0Common Open FindPlacesStandardPlaces

    This subkey contains five additional subkeys, one for each of the default shortcuts on the Places Bar.
    2.Select the subkey for the default button that you want to hide.
    3.On the Edit menu, point to New, and click DWORD Value.
    4.Type Show as the name of the new DWORD value.

    Leave the value of Show set to 0.

    After you make room on the Places Bar, you can add your own shortcuts.
    To add a shortcut to the Places Bar
    1.In the Windows registry, locate the following subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice9.0Common Open FindPlacesUserDefinedPlaces
    2.On the Edit menu, point to New, and click Key.
    3.Type Placex as the name of the new subkey, where x is a number between 1 and 5.
    4.On the Edit menu, point to New, click String Value, and then type Name as the name of the new string value.
    5.Double-click the Name value, type the shortcut name as you want it to appear on the Places Bar, and click OK.
    6.Select the Placex subkey you created.
    7.On the Edit menu, point to New, click String Value, and then type Path as the name of the new string value.
    8.Double-click the Path value, type the full path to the folder you want to use, and click OK.

    You can use either a drive letter or a UNC path.
    Allow More Than Five Shortcuts on the Places Bar
    You can allow more than five shortcuts on the Places Bar by modifying another setting in the Windows registry. This setting shrinks the size of the icons, which allows you to add the extra shortcuts.

    To allow more than five shortcuts on the Places Bar

    1.In the Windows registry, locate the following subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice9.0CommonO pen FindPlaces
    2.On the Edit menu, point to New, and click DWORD Value.
    3.Type ItemSize as the name of the new DWORD value.

    Leave the value of ItemSize set to 0.

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    Re: Places Bar

    Touche!
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    Re: Places Bar

    Thank you!

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    Re: Places Bar

    I have managed to customize my Places Bar in Office 2000. The only thing I have failed at is to create an entry for "My Computer". Can this be done at all?????

    Thanks for any hints
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    Re: Places Bar

    I am not aware of a way. (Doesn't mean it can't be done.) When I tried it, the "Customizer" wouldn't let me. Of course, you can have one of the buttons be the Desktop, & if you click it, the first icon is My Computer. That does require two clicks, however.

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    Re: Places Bar

    Urs
    Don't think you can add My Computer to Places Bar. But have you thought of using the Quick Launch area? This is the area on the right of the Start & Task Bar next to the Start Button. You can drag the My Computer icon from the desktop to this area and drop it on seeing the insertion cursor. You will then have single click access to My Computer available all the time which ever application you are in.

    If you can't do this check you have the Quick launch area set to show : in Start, Settings, Taskbar and Start Menu check the box for Show quick launch.

    Incidently I have used this area for years in preference to the Office toolbar which is flakey and manages memory apallingly.

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    Re: Places Bar

    Yes, it can be done but it takes a few steps. Here's how I did it:

    1. Open the Desktop
    2. Right-click the My Computer icon
    3. Choose Create Shortcut
    4. Right-click the new shortcut icon
    5. Choose Rename
    6. Name it something else than My Computer, e.g. My Box

    7. Now, display the Open dialog in e.g. Word
    8. Select any folder
    9. In the Tools menu, choose Add to My Places
    10. Right-click the newly created Place icon, and rename it as My Computer
    11. Close the dialog box

    12. Start RegEdit
    13. Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice10.0Common Open FindPlacesUserDefinedPlaces section
    14. Find the entry in the list of PlaceX keys of which the Name value is My Computer
    15. Double-click the Path value of that key, so it becomes editable
    16. Type (or copy) the path to the shortcut you created under 6. Make sure to include the .lnk extension. On my Win2K system the full string is:
    Cocuments and SettingsDon CerasoDesktopMy Box.lnk
    17. Close RegEdit

    18. In any Office application, display the Open dialog again.
    19. Right-click the My Computer icon
    20. Move it up or down to the position of your choice.

    You can use the same trick to add any virtual folder to the Places Bar. Office expects a physical path for the Path value in the registry, but it's undocumented that you can actually use the name of a shortcut.

    Enjoy!
    Don Ceraso

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    Re: Places Bar

    Thanks for this information, Don. This is a great thing to know. On My Win98 machine, however, I could not adjust the postion of the icon by using Steps 18-20 & under the Tools menu, there is no "Add to My Places" (Step 9). I suspect my WOPR add-in is slightly different than your arrangement. On my Tools menu, there is a command that says "WOPR PlaceBar Customizer. Opening that doesn't allow drag & drop; I have to browse for each path I want to change.

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    Re: Places Bar

    You need Office XP to move icons in the Open dialog, otherwise you have to play with Index values in the Registry. (I don't use that wopr thingie.)

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