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SUMMARY

This article describes how to customize the My Places bar in a Microsoft Office installation in Microsoft Windows 2000, in Windows XP or in Windows Server 2003. The My Places bar appears in the left pane of both the Open and the Save As dialog boxes in Microsoft Office programs.

The following customizations are available for the My Places bar.

How to add items to the My Places bar

To add an item to the My Places bar in Office 2002 or in Office 2003, follow these steps:
  1. On the File menu in any Office program, click Open.
  2. In the Open dialog box, select the item that you want to add in the contents pane. For example, in the Look in list, click My Documents. On the Contents pane, click My Pictures.
  3. Click Tools, and then click Add to "My Places".
To add an item to the My Places bar in Office 2007, follow these steps:
  1. In any 2007 Office program, click the Microsoft Office Button
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    Microsoft Office Button
    , and then click Open.
  2. In the Open dialog box, click the drive, the folder, or the Internet location for which you want to create a My Places bar shortcut.
  3. Right-click a blank space in the My Places bar below the existing shortcuts, and then click Add folder name. Your new shortcut appears at the bottom of the My Places bar.
Note You can add up to 256 items to the My Places bar.

How to remove items from the My Places bar

To remove an item from the My Places bar in Office 2002 or in Office 2003, follow these steps:
  1. On the File menu in any Office program, click Open.
  2. On the My Places bar, right-click the item that you want to remove, and then click Remove.
To remove an item from the My Places bar in Office 2007, follow these steps:
  1. In any 2007 Office program, click the Microsoft Office Button
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    Microsoft Office Button
    , and then click Open.
  2. In the Open dialog box, right-click the item that you want to remove, and then click Remove.
Note The following default items that appear on the My Places bar cannot be removed or renamed.

Office 2007
  • My Recent Documents
  • Desktop
  • My Documents
  • My Computer
  • My Network Places
  • Trusted Templates
Office 2003
  • My Recent Documents
  • Desktop
  • My Documents
  • My Computer
  • My Network Places
Office XP
  • History
  • My Documents
  • Desktop
  • Favorites
  • My Network Places
These items can be hidden from the My Places bar. For an example of how to hide a Standard place, see the "Registry Entry Reference" section.

Note If you install the Office 2007 programs on your computer, you cannot remove or hide the Trusted Templates item from the My Places bar. This item is a built-in item in Office 2007.

How to rename items on the My Places bar

To rename an item on the My Places bar in Office 2002 or in Office 2003, follow these steps:
  1. On the File menu in any Office program, click Open.
  2. On the My Places bar, right-click the item that you want, and then click Rename.
  3. In the Rename Place dialog box, type the name that you want, and then click OK.
To rename an item on the My Places bar in Office 2007, follow these steps:
  1. In any 2007 Office program, click the Microsoft Office Button
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    Microsoft Office Button
    , and then click Open.
  2. On the My Places bar, right-click the item that you want, and then click Rename.
  3. In the Rename dialog box, type the name that you want, and then click OK.

How to rearrange items on the My Places bar

To rearrange items on the My Places bar in Office 2002 or in Office 2003, follow these steps:
  1. On the File menu in any Office program, click Open.
  2. On the My Places bar, right-click the item that you want to move, and then click Move Up or Move Down.
To rearrange items on the My Places bar in Office 2007, follow these steps:
  1. In any 2007 Office program, click the Microsoft Office Button
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    Microsoft Office Button
    , and then click Open.
  2. On the My Places bar, right-click the item that you want to move, and then click Move Up or click Move Down.

How to change the size of icons on the My Places bar

To change the size of an icon for an item on the My Places bar in Office 2002 or in Office 2003, follow these steps:
  1. On the File menu in any Office program, click Open.
  2. Right-click a blank area of the My Places bar, and then click Small Icons or Large Icons.
To change the size of an icon for an item on the My Places bar in Office 2007, follow these steps:
  1. In any 2007 Office program, click the Microsoft Office Button
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    Microsoft Office Button
    , and then click Open.
  2. Right-click a blank area of the My Places bar, and then click Small Icons or click Large Icons.

How to edit the registry to hide desktop items

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


You can hide default icons on the My Places bar by modifying the system registry.

Note At least one icon must always appears on the My Places bar. If you try to remove all the default icons on the My Places bar, the Desktop icon will remain. If you add one custom icon, you will see that custom icon instead of the Desktop icon. To hide the Desktop item on the My Places bar, follow these steps:
  1. Quit all Office programs.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Expand the following subkey.

    Office 2007
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\Open Find\Places\StandardPlaces
    Office 2003
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\Open Find\Places\StandardPlaces
    Office XP
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Common\Open Find\Places\StandardPlaces
  4. On the File menu, click Export.
  5. In the Export Registry File dialog box, type Export to Office in the File name box, and then click Save.
  6. Click Desktop.
  7. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  8. In the New Value#1 box, type Show, and then press ENTER.
  9. Right-click Show, and then click Modify.
  10. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type 0 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  11. Quit Registry Editor.

Registry entry reference

Entries on the My Places bar are contained in the following registry key.

Office 2007
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\Open Find\Places
Office 2003
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\Open Find\Places
Office XP
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Common\Open Find\Places
The Places key contains the following two subkeys:
  • StandardPlaces
  • UserDefinedPlaces

The StandardPlaces Subkey

This subkey contains the following five keys that correspond to the five default items that appear on the My Places bar:
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KEY NAMEMY PLACES ITEM
DesktopDesktop
MyComputerMyComputer
MyDocumentsMy Documents
PublishingMy Network Places
RecentHistory

The UserDefinedPlaces Subkey

This subkey contains keys that correspond to items that are added to the My Places bar. The keys in the following table are examples of keys that are in the UserDefinedPlaces subkey:
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KEY NAMEMY PLACES ITEM
Place0firstplaceadded
Place1secondplaceadded
Place2thirdplaceadded
The following values can be used for keys that are contained in both the StandardPlaces and the UserDefinedPlaces keys:
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NAMETYPEDATA OPTIONS
ViewDWORD{1=List, 2=Details, 3=Summary, 4=Preview}
ArrangeByDWORD{1=Name, 2=Type, 3=Size, 4=Date}
SortAscending DWORDBoolean to sort both ascending and descending.
IndexDWORDRelative position on the My Places bar.
ShowDWORDZero to hide a Standard place.

REFERENCES

For more information about how to customize the My Places bar on Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
926167 How to customize the Favorites Links list in common file dialog boxes in Windows Explorer in Windows Vista

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Article ID: 826214 - Last Review: September 13, 2011 - Revision: 8.0
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