Change the Shortcuts in your Windows File Open Dialog on Windows

von Gerhard Petermeir
Veröffentlicht am: 10.09.2013 09:50, zuletzt aktualisiert am: 29.11.2014 19:35

Whenever you open or save a file, Windows prompts a predefined dialog. On the left hand-side, the so called Places Bar shows 5 places on your computer. By default, these included places like recently viewed places, your libraries.

If these places are not the ones you need, change them simply within a hidden Windows menu - no need to change the registry or to download a program.

How to change the Windows File Open Dialog

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel
  2. Type "Group policy" into the search bar (alt: Go to Windows 8 Start screen and use the default Windows search, you will also find it under preferences)
  3. Select User Configuration
  4. Select Administrative Templates
  5. Select Windows Components
  6. Select Windows Explorer (May be: File Explorer)
  7. Select Common Open File Dialog
  8. Open Items Displayed In Places Bar policy
  9. Check Enabled
  10. Fill the 5 input fields with the places/folders you desire
  11. Click OK and check if everything works

You may fill the input fields with values like these:

  • C:\
  • D:\
  • D:\Downloads
  • FTP locations (full path including username and password)
  • Network locations
  • Shell locations like Favorites or My Computer (read on)

If you need special folders like My Computer, read more about the shell folders.

Windows-Control-Panel Windows-Places-Bar Windows-Places-Bar-Enabled

Use shell folders

If you need folders like My Computer, Favorites or other automatically generated folders, you are looking for Shell folders.

Common Places FS Folder		Shell:::{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}
Computer			Shell:::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}
Favorites			Shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}
Libraries			Shell:::{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}
Network (WorkGroup)		Shell:::{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Programs Folder			Shell:::{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
Programs Folder and Fast Items	Shell:::{865e5e76-ad83-4dca-a109-50dc2113ce9a}
Public Folder			Shell:::{4336a54d-038b-4685-ab02-99bb52d3fb8b}
Recent Places			Shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}
Recycle Bin			Shell:::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
User Folder			Shell:::{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}
User Pinned			Shell:::{1f3427c8-5c10-4210-aa03-2ee45287d668}

Just fill in the desired Shell location and it will appear in your Places Bar. Enjoy your new productivity by getting quicker to places you actually need.