How can I force windows to point to a folder directory when saving files from an application

How can I force windows to point to a folder directory when saving files from an application...?


I use the Sound Recorder within Windows and wanted to know how I can force windows or rather a windows application to "lock down" the file path location to save all files that come from the application so that I do not have to keep spending time browsing to a folder.

Does Windows offer any kind of "locking" mechanism that would allow you to consistently and always point a file to a consistent folder path every time I need to save. Please advise and thank you.

The functionality has probably been there forever and I did not know it.....?
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Asked:
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AubsCommented:
I've not come across an exact solution to your problem, I guess it defaults to using your 'My Documents' location.

As a workaround which might suit your purpose, map a local folder to a drive letter. This way, you only need a couple of clicks to get to the required folder.

Link below should help with this if it is of use:

 http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-map-a-local-windows-folder-to-a-drive-letter/

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Darius GhassemCommented:
Well actually this is a program functionality not a Windows functionality you can get Office to lock down to a certain save location.

You can try these though to see if they work for you.

http://techpatterns.com/forums/about257.html

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258867
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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
Open Command Prompt and run this command: "soundrecorder /file c:\temp\outputfile.wav" substituting c:\temp\outputfile.wav with your own preference. When you stop recording it asks you to save in c:\temp\ directory.
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
sighar: that is a great solution. Now my next question is there a way to create a shortcut button that when clicked on does the same thing.......Launches Soundrecorder and when finished it asks me to save............
Is this possible....?
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Sigurdur HaraldssonSystem AdministratorCommented:
Sure. Just copy the command into Notepad and save it as SoundRecorder.bat (make sure to change the "Save as type" from "Text Documents (*.txt)" to "All files (*.*)"
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Here2HelpCommented:
Hey.

An alternate solution to signars approach would be to create a shortcut to SoundRecorder on you desktop, right click the shortcut icon and select Properties. Select the Shortcut tab and in the Target box enter "soundrecorder /file c:\temp\outputfile.wav" and in the Start in: box type %Systemroot%\System32.

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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
These were all very helpful.
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