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    Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    My networked PC has Windows 2000 and Office XP installed. I purchased WOPR XP and learned how to fix the Places bar in Save and Open dialogs in Office apps (Word, Excel, etc). But those changes do not carry over into non-Office Windows apps Save and Open dialogs--there is no Tools option to select. Is there a way to customize the Places bar for non-Office dialogs? Thanks.

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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    Sadly, you can't do it easily. The code used to produce Office file dialogs and the standard Windows dialogs is different (thanks, Microsoft, consistency is a GOOD thing).

    However, in Windows 2000, TweakUI will allow you a little flexibility, and the GPO (Group Policy Object) editor will also do this.
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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    There was a post I saw somewhere which explained the Registry Tweak necessary for this - something to do with a Policies key, but I don't seem to find it on this Board. As TweakUI is currently not an option, I was wondering if you could refresh my memory.
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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    Here is my copy of a note I got somewhere -

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    MODIFY THE PLACES BAR, PART 1
    When you choose File | Open in most Windows 2000 applications, Windows 2000 uses a standard Open dialog box generated by Comdlg32.dll. One aspect of the Open dialog box is the Places Bar at the left edge of the dialog box. The Places Bar, by default, includes icons for the History, My Documents, Desktop, My Computer, and My Network Places folders. The Places Bar makes it easy to open documents stored in those common folders.
    If you often work from other folders, it can take a little browsing to get to the location you need. Windows 2000 doesn't provide a means in the GUI to customize the Places Bar, but you can modify the Places Bar manually by modifying the registry. Once you've modified the Places Bar, you'll enjoy those modifications for all Windows 2000 applications that use Comdlg32.dll to generate the Open dialog box.
    The first step in modifying the Places Bar is to create a registry key to contain the custom settings. The key doesn't exist by default, and creating it causes the Places Bar to be empty initially, but you'll fill it up shortly. To create the necessary key, open the Registry Editor and create
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionPoliciesComDlg32Placesbar.
    You'll need to create the ComDlg32 subkey and then the Placesbar subkey. To verify that your key is correct, open Notepad and choose File | Open. The Places Bar should now be empty. In part two, you'll learn how to fill the Places Bar again.NOTE: As always, we'll remind you that editing the registry can be risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.
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    MODIFY THE PLACES BAR, PART 2
    The Places Bar appears at the left of the Open dialog box generated by the ComDlg32.dll library. The Places Bar includes icons for the History, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, and My Network Places folders, making it easy to open documents in these common folders. In the previous tip, we taught you how to create a registry subkey that cleared out the Places Bar. Now it's time to add entries to the key to fill the bar with your own icons.
    The Places Bar can contain up to five icons. The registry values that reference these icons and their associated folders are named Place0 through Place4. Adding your own folders to the Places Bar is, therefore, a relatively simple matter of creating these five entries in the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionPoliciesComDlg32Placesbar key.
    You can reference folders either by their absolute path string or the system ID for the folder. Using the string is best for folders that don't change location based on current logon and for nonsystem folders. Using the ID is best for system folders such as My Documents, because the path can vary based on current logon and for other reasons.
    To add a folder, open the Registry Editor and open the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionPoliciesComDlg32Placesbar key. Right-click in the right pane and choose New | String Value. Name the value Place0 and set its value to the path to the desired folder. For example, you might enter CocsPersonal to add that folder to your Places Bar.
    To add a system folder to the Places Bar, right-click in the right pane and choose New | DWORD Value. Set the name to Place1 and set the value to the ID for the folder, which you'll find in the following list.

    * Favorites: 6
    * Fonts: 20
    * History: 34
    * My Computer: 11
    * My Documents: 5
    * My Network Places: 18
    * My Pictures: 39
    * Network and Dial-Up Connections: 49
    * Printers: 4
    * Recycle Bin: 10
    * Send To: 9
    * System Root (WINNT): 36

    Repeat the steps to add values for Place2 through Place4. Open a standard Windows 2000 accessory application, choose File | Open, and verify that your folders are correct. You can adjust or correct values as needed.
    If you ever want to restore the default Places Bar, simply delete the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionPoliciesComDlg32.
    NOTE: Once again, be sure you have a verified backup before editing the registry.
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    Hope that gives you what you need

    Noel

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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    If you're using Windows 2000, you can modify the Places bar for non-Office applications using the Group Policy Editor - no registry tweaking needed. Run it by going to the Start =Run prompt and entering GPEDIT.MSC. Offhand I don't recall exactly where the setting for this is stored; I believe it is under Users/Administrative Templates. Explore the whole app, it has a great deal of functionality that would otherwise require registry edits - a risky proposition.
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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    Noel,
    Thanks for this post. I found your post while looking for reg key info on the places bars (both Windows and Office)
    While, searching the Lounge I was also installing XTeq which is an amazing tweak tool -- I think the best I've seen
    so far. You can get reg key info from that tool but using their Code View tab on the Info dialog for any category item.
    They call each tweak/hack a "plug-in".

    http://www.xteq.com
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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    Thank you Kevin, yes it certainly looks good but I have not been able to find out how to see the contents of the registry - can you explain more clearly please.

    Noel

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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    Well, you don't exactly see the contents of the registry. On that "Code View" tab page you see the code
    behind the UI that makes the changes to the registry. XTeq uses a programming language (looks like
    VB to me, but I think it's some sort of Delphi script language) to make the changes you select from
    the UI. By looking at the code you can see registry key names assigned to variables; then, if you open
    Regedit and navigate to the key you see in the XTeq code view, you can get the actual reg key values.

    Make sense?
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    Re: Modify Places bar in non-Office Windows apps

    Thanks Kevin,

    yes I now understand.

    Noel

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