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    'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    I remember reading (here, I think) about an add-in for the save-as menu called "Places", but try as I might I can't seem to find it on MS's site. Anybody know where to get it?

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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    Hi Bill:
    The WOPR places bar customizer was free & could be found at http://www.wopr.com/office2000/placebar.htm. However, it is now offered free only on CD with the purchase of the Word 2000 book (I don't know if there are other of Woody's books that have it.) You can make the modifications yourself in the registry, if you're familiar with the registry. Be sure to back up the registry first & know how to restore it. Here's what you can do:

    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:
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    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.

    To 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.

    Cheers,

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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    As noted, this utility is no longer available as a freebie. If you don't want to buy one of the "Woody" books that includes the Woody's Office Power Pack (WOPR) 2000 you can purchase the WOPR Places Bar Customizer for Microsoft Office XP or Office 2000 as a stand-alone program, which will set you back $14.95 US.

    By the way WOPR 2000, which features various other useful utilities in addition to the Places Bar Customizer, is included with Special Edition Using Microsoft Office 2000, which at $27.99 US (discounted) from amazon.com is a good deal in its own right, and not much more than purchasing the utility alone.

    HTH

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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    Is there an equivalent "Places" bar for Windows in general? I would like to be able to adapt these tweaks to the "Browse" window.
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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    Hi David:
    I'm not aware of one, but I've never looked. You might post your question either on the software board or on the Windows board. Actually, I'm not sure where you got the "browse" window from. Are you using Windows Explorer, IE...??

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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    The sample window I posted came from Run | Browse, but is pretty indicative of most Windows browse-type windows that I have come across in Win9x/ME/2K. The only differences I've noticed are the titles that vary based on which program calls it. With any luck there might be an answer on a Windows forum. Thanks anyways.

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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    Well, that explains it. I've never seen a browse window like that. All my browse windows look like the attached & I have Win 98SE. Is that what you get with "view as web page" option?
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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    "Is that what you get with "view as web page" option?" You've got me. I just checked on a 98SE machine and got a window similar to your clip (but without the great folder names <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> ) On mine it doesn't seem to make any difference whether I use the web page option or not.

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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    Microsoft have an add-in that allows users of Office 2000 to modify the place bar. For details see MSKB Q260190

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    Re: 'Places' add-in? (98sr1)

    yes - the places in the os windows can be changed - see http://www.poremsky.com/windows2000_placesbar.htm it's for winme and win2k only. Win98 doesn't have the places bar.

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