In most Windows programs, when you choose Open or Save As from the File menu, you see a common dialog box that includes five icons in a vertical sidebar on the left side. The five choices are pretty logical, as you can see here:
Click any of those links on the left, and you see the contents of that folder in the window on the right, so you can open a file stored there or save a new file in that location.
But what if you never use the My Recent Documents folder? Why not customize the choices in the Places Bar? You can.
To change the five choices in the standard Windows XP Places Bar, use the Tweak UI Powertoy for Windows XP. Click the plus sign to the left of the Common Dialogs category in the left and select the Places Bar option. You can hide the Places Bar completely, or you can customize the five standard places.
Click Apply to see your changes and leave Tweak UI open. Click OK to save the changes and close Tweak UI. To remove your customizations, click Show default places.
In tomorrow’s tip, I’ll show you what you can do with the Places Bar in Microsoft Office programs.