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need to edit/cleanup left panel of File Open, File Save As dialog

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Hello-

Fairly new to Windows 7 and looking to edit the places that show up in the "File Open" and "File Save As" dialog.  For example, I'm pretty sure "Desktop" used to display there as a top level item (which is where I'd like it), but now it got moved inside "Favorites".  I'd like to eliminate "Favorites", "Libraries", and "Network" from that list and only have "Desktop", "Computer", and a couple of commonly used folders.  (And when I'm in Microsoft Word, *not* have it add "MS-Word Templates" to the list).

Thanks for any help-
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by:Merete
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Hi ottenm, I have windows 7 and where are you seeing these File open?
That is usually only seen from a program say for example I open my Paintshop pro then go to file I see those listed  New Open Browse Import.
To see File save as dial is when you have a file and you are saving it after say downloading it.
So that's a entirely different area.
Please provide more details here.
With refs to> For example, I'm pretty sure "Desktop" used to display there as a top level item << but from where?
And explain where you're seeing this>(which is where I'd like it), but now it got moved inside "Favorites".  << is this from windows start menue? or from internet explorer?
Or Windows Media Player?
same here where are you>> I'd like to eliminate "Favorites", "Libraries", and "Network" from that list and only have "Desktop", "Computer",
Thanks, once I know where you are I can probably assist you.
Merete





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Must be internet  explorer that's the only place I see some of these , which version do you have?
I have never seen desktop at the top from File in Internet Explorer or these "Favorites", "Libraries", and "Network"  from File??

Here an extensive list of things you can tune with the Internet explorer menue
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/aa511502.aspx

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by:ottenm
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Thanks for your reply Merete.  I'm seeing these dialogs a lot, but didn't realize until reading your note that they aren't universal.  In the screen shot I've captured the "File | Save As" dialog that opens with Internet Explorer, and the "File | Open" dialog that opens with Microsoft Word.  It's that left panel that I'm hoping to edit.  Let me know if the picture doesn't answer your other questions
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Thanks that helped,
Windows Explorer Bar or Folders Bar
favourites is on top in mine followed by Desktop , if you look everything on the left has an expandable arrow, collpase them all back so that  favourites on top then desktop
I think it is not possible to remove them.
Also Windows 7 is very changed from windows XP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Explorer#Removed_and_changed_features

However although Microsoft doesn't provide any option to customize the Command bar in Windows Explorer, you can use a Registry trick to add/remove buttons from it.
Please remember to backup / export any regestry keys first. So you can undo.
Here> http://www.askvg.com/how-to-customize-windows-explorer-command-bar-aka-folder-band-or-toolbar-in-windows-vista-and-7-add-cut-copy-paste-delete-rename-undo-and-many-other-useful-buttons/
Which windows 7 do you have?
Home or Professional, I have Professional
Editing group policies isn't possible in the Home versions of Win 7.
 guide
Custom Explorer Toolbar, Add Custom Items To Windows Explorer
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/07/19/custom-explorer-toolbar-add-custom-items-to-windows-explorer/

Ok that's Explorer taken care of.
Now Word??
I can't create the exact scenero you have there in word, please explain how you got there

I'm running office 2003
 I create a new word, ie .doc and go to file open I donot see the explorer folders you see
 but rather open > look in
and the list is My Recent Documents Desktop My Documents My Computer My Network Places
at the top navigation bar I select downloads to match your area
Did you know have several folders in your windows called downloads and these are at different locations.
again all the folders on the left Explorer folders bar can be collapsed
also this is the same or similar explorer folders bar.
If I Right Click the space here or r/click My recent Places I can move it up or down
 so you can put Desktop on top
Here's what I see
move-folder-explorer-bar-word.jpg
my-explorer-views.jpg
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by:ottenm
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Thanks for your efforts Merete.  I thought I found what I was looking for here (the thing I'm trying to modify is the "places bar"):
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/85487-common-file-dialog-box-customize-places-bar.html

But I tried both the group policy editor, and regedit as described in that article, but they don't affect the dialogs I see in IE, Wordpad, or Office 2010.  I thought maybe try a different group.user using this tutorial, but no luck:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/151415-group-policy-apply-specific-user-group.html

Too much wasted time now and need to deal with the crowded "places bar" whenever I open that dialog.  

Again, thanks for trying and for offering those suggestions-
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by:Merete
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Thank you ottenm
that's quite a good guide, I couldn't  post anything like that as its against our EE rules to post links to others forums. Far enough too.
Glad to help out where I can.
Best Wishes
Merete
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