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Windows 7: HowTo? - Globally set legacy open/save dialog view


07 Dec 2011   #1

win7-64 premium
 
 
HowTo? - Globally set legacy open/save dialog view

Okay, have managed to tweak *most* of what I dislike about Windows 7,
diabled libraries and favorites, turned off stupid giant icons and got
Explorer view back to the Details/Date Descending that I've been
using since Win3.1 days. Fixed taskbar, fixed the theme, got away
from all the web styled view as link nonsense, but..

I cannot get the Open/Save dialog that appears whenever you
use, well, open or save in most any program, especially legacy or
XP-based programs (for instance, Irfanview, VirtualDub,etc)
to remain consistent folder to folder.

Windows 7 seems to insist, rather lamely, that this be manually set
with multitudinal clicking for each and every folder. Especially
if differs from the default Explorer view (i.e. Details/Descending
in Explorer, but want List/Descending in dialogs)

Went thru a long process that involved customizing almost
every folder I have to be "general items" instead of whatever
the stupid folder contents discovery decided it would be,
and then set general items to be viewed a certain way
in dialogs via registry edits. But Windows 7 unilaterally decided
to forget most of these changes after a short time. I also
killed libraries entirely around then so that might've been it.

Anyhow, is there anyway to have Windows7 actually respect
global folder view settings? (without using dumbass libraries/favorites)

Call me crazy, but I prefer real folders not virtual ones, named
intelligently based on contents or purpose (i.e. not stuff like "my documents"),
all located straight off the root C drive where I can navigate
to them quickly, not buried three levels deep in some favorites menu,
I know, I know, nuts.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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07 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, Libraries aren't 'Virtual' folders - they're 'collections' of one or more folders.

Anyway, the open/save dialogue's initial folder and view is usually decided on by the application, and some use the old legacy dialogue for no good reason at all.
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