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Windows 7: Common File Dialog Box - Customize Places Bar

10 Mar 2011   #20

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adipose View Post
Just adding what I learned.

Even though it says:

The list of Common Shell Folders that may be specified:

Desktop, Recent Places, Documents, Pictures, Music, Recently Changed, Attachments and Saved Searches.
This is not actually true....

Many of these words will get you nothing, while others will get you something different than what you typed. Very strange. So use the following:

1. For Desktop:

(do not try to use %userprofile%, it will not work)

Note: if you just use "c:\users\<user>\Desktop" it will use a different icon (regular folder icon) and link directly to your desktop. The desktop view will not have shortcuts to "Libraries" and "My computer" (which normally appear under "Desktop" even though they are not on your actual desktop).

2. For Libraries:


Note: if you just use "c:\users\<user>\Documents" it will show a different icon (regular folder icon) and call it "My Documents". Go figure...

Also see in this same folder:



Hope this helps everyone.


Edit: I should have read the article. It lists several useful things that differ fro what windows says, such as using

  • MyComputerFolder
  • MyDocuments
  • MyFavorites
  • MyMusic
  • MyPictures
  • MyNetworkPlaces
  • MyFavorites
  • CommonDocuments
  • CommonMusic
  • CommonPictures
  • Desktop
These work, whereas the ones in the policy editor do not.

Hello Adipose, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Thank you for sharing. Even easier though, you can use the shell commands for them instead. :)
  • shell:desktop
  • shell:documentsLibrary
  • shell:MusicLibrary
  • shell:PicturesLibrary
  • shell:VideosLibrary

My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2011   #21

Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks, Brink. I stupidly did not read your article to the end, and missed the "MyDocuments" keyword.

The shell: suggestions are helpful as well.

Props for a good article.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2011   #22

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

No problem Adipose. Thank you for reminding me about those. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2011   #23


Thank you SO MUCH for this!!!
Microsoft should have an easy 2 click customization way for things like this!

now i only need to find a way to open a folder when mouse over with a dragndrop item (like osx)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

10 Sep 2011   #24

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Stampler. :)

I'd probably end up opening up everything by mistake with a hover and open feature.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2011   #25


Hi Brink!!!
Sorry, i didnt mean it that way!! my English are not so good but ill try to explain!!

Lets say we have a folder "A"
Inside "A" a subfolder "B"
Inside "B" a subsubfolder "C"
etc etc

I select some files in folder "A" and drag them in "B" without releasing the mouse button ... this will open the folder "B" and now i can see folder "C".... drag them and hold (hover) on folder "C" and "C" will open...

That way i can go deep inside subfolders by holding the files and i can release the mouse click where i what the files to be.

This is very very useful if i dont know exactly the place where i need to move the files!!

Now i drag the files from "A" to "B" and then opening "B"
if i finally want them in "C" i drag them again to "C" and opening "C" to continue working...
(the same if using explorer's Tree)

I mean to drag some files and be able to view the contents of any folder i mouse over so i can decide if this is the right place to drop them.

(all these in a single window)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2011   #26

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


This will not do what you described, but it will help make it easier to copy or move selected files to another folder by using the context menu and selecting "Copy to Folder" or "Move to Folder" and then selecting the folder to copy/move it to.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
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30 Mar 2012   #27

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Thanks so much for this, Shawn. Worked great!

I'm wondering if there is a way to give custom name to the item in the dialogue box. I connect to several remote servers that have long names containing many numbers and letters, and it'd be great to just have it say Office3 or whatever, instead of HKDF554FDG87345GJGG.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2012   #28

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello DD, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I suppose that you could create a shortcut of the long named remote server folders, rename the shortcut to what you like, and add the shortcut in group policy instead.

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jul 2012   #29

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Can't get MyComputer to appear

This worked. Thank you Brink!

Only I can't get MyComputer to appear in the save dialog, even after copy/pasting your exact text. I'm running Windows 7 x64 (US English)

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