As a dreadful Windows user, I constantly try to seek ways to boost my productivity and workflow. Applications like Dropbox and Belvedere make it more bearable, but when it comes to the saving, opening, and importing of files, Windows really sucks. In some applications, you get the neat fully fledged Explorer dialog, but in other applications like After Effects and Photoshop, you get the crummy Common Open File Dialog with the crappy Places Bar.
The Places Bar isn’t quite customizable, at least not easily. Today, we’re going to take a look at how to change the locations in the Places Bar for faster access to your important files. Apparently this doesn’t work for Basic and Home Editions of Vista or 7, so you’re going to need Business, Ultimate, or something of that nature. First, open your Start Menu and search for gpedit.msc. You then want to navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Component, Windows Explorer, and finally Common Open File Dialog.
You want to right click on the Items displayed in Places Bar and hit Edit. Change the selection to Enabled and paste your paths into the boxes provided. Remember not to include quotations around your paths and remove any spaces! Hit Apply and OK when you’re done. Aside from paths, you can insert Common Shell folders:
Hopefully this neat little tweak will make file management a little bit easier for you. I find that this tweak really helps me a lot in terms of time savings. All your Mac users out there, stop laughing at us.