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JSI Tip 2591. How do I customize the Office 2000 Places Bar?

In tip 2514, we customized the Windows 2000 Common Open dialog box.

You can add up to 10 user-defined items, Place1 - Place10, to the Office 2000 Save As and Open dialog boxes.

NOTE: You can only add 5 items if you show all the predefined items.

NOTE: This also modifies the Places Bar in Microsoft Word's Insert File and Insert Picture dialog boxes.

To modify the Places Bar:

1. Close all dialog boxes.

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Common\Open Find\Places.

3. Add Value name ItemSize, a REG_DWORD data type, and set the data value to 0.

4. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Common\Open Find\Places\UserDefinedPlaces.

5. Add Key name Placen, where n is a number from 1 through 10.

6. Select the Placen key and Add Value name Name as a REG_SZ (String) data type. Set the string to the text you want displayed.

7. Add Value name Path and set the String to the full qualified path or UNC.

8. If you want this item to appear in ascending order within the list of user-defined items, Add Value name SortAscending as a REG_DWORD data type. See the data value to 1.

9. If you want the the item to appear in a specific sequence, Add Value name Index as a REG_DWORD data type. Set the data value to a number from 1 - 10.

NOTE: If Index is 0 and SortAscending is 1, the item is listed alphabetically. If Index is non-zero, SortAscending is ignored.

To Remove a default icon:

1. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Common\Open Find\Places\StandardPlaces.

2. Select the default icon that you wish to remove.

3. Add Value name Show as a REG_DWORD data type. A data value of 0 hides the item and and data value of 1, the default, shows the item.

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