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Windows 7: show Favorites in open file dialog - or how to browse fast to files?


15 Oct 2011   #1

Windows7
 
 
Getting to Favorite Folders from open file dialog ?

Hi,

is there a way to access the favorite folders which are specified in windows explorer (NOT internet explorer) from the "open file" dialog in all programs?

example:
I am working in program XY - now I click file>open and I am presented with this mini explorer version which allows me to browse to the file which i want to open. - oftne it starts by default somewhere in the my documents folder.
how can i get FAST to files which are hidden very deep down in the filestructure without browsing through all the folders and not having to clich through the whole filestructure every time i open a file?
the solution should be program independent - i know that some programs remeber the last location or allow to specify a default folder... this is not what i am looking for.
i am looking for a solution which works in all (or at least in most : ) programs.
any ideas? if there is no native solution i would also consider to use some sort of shell addon / program or whatever ; )

thanks


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15 Oct 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Robin,

I find that adding a link to the folder that the file is in under Favorites in the navigation pane helps make it easier and quicker to get to.

Favorites - Links - Add or Remove in Navigation Pane

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Oct 2011   #3

Windows7
 
 

Hi Shawn,

either my question was confusing, or I am missing something in your answer...
could you please check again? i'll try to make it more clear this time.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
....I find that adding a link to the folder that the file is in under Favorites in the navigation pane helps make it easier and quicker to get to.
adding a link to the file/folder under Favorites is exactly what I do already.
BUT in many programs the Favorites don't show up on the left side of the dialog while I save or open a file. (please take a look at the attached images) - I was actually hoping that there is a RegHack or a hidden setting to fix this.
my question is: how can i access the favorites if they do not show up by default in the open/save dialog of a program?

...... while writing this i had an idea. I just created a shortcut to favorites on the desktop. by opening this shortcut in the open save/dialog i can get to the favorites (i just verified it) but it's still a rather disappointing workaround.
there's got to be a better way ? ; )


EDIT:
I just realized that the favorites folder is already right inside the "user" folder... doh. so no need to go that extra mile and create a shortcut to the desktop.; )


Thanks for reading


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15 Oct 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I put mine into the Rocket Dock. There I can always get to it. An alternative would be to put it into a toolbar: Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista


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15 Oct 2011   #5

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I put mine into the Rocket Dock. There I can always get to it. An alternative would be to put it into a toolbar[/URL]
but that also doesn't make it accessible directly from the open/save dialog, does it?
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15 Oct 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robin77 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I put mine into the Rocket Dock. There I can always get to it. An alternative would be to put it into a toolbar[/URL]
but that also doesn't make it accessible directly from the open/save dialog, does it?
Afraid not.
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15 Oct 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Robin,

For the screenshot on the right in your post above, that would be the Common File Dialog Box. You could use the tutorial below to customize it to have what you like there instead.

Common File Dialog Box - Customize Places Bar
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15 Oct 2011   #8

Windows7
 
 

Thanks ALOT Shawn
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15 Oct 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Robin.
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