In Microsoft Windows XP, the places bar is displayed on the left side of common file dialog boxes. For example, the places bar is in the Save As dialog box. You can customize the places bar in Windows XP by using the following two Group Policy policies:
Hide the common dialog places bar
Items displayed in places Bar
In Windows Vista, the Favorite Links list resembles the places bar. To view the Favorite Links list in the Save As dialog box, click Browse Folders. You can also view the Favorite Links list in Windows Explorer in Windows Vista.
However, even though the Favorite Links list in Windows Vista resembles the places bar in Windows XP, you cannot customize the list by using the same Group Policy policies that you can use in Windows XP. The links that appear in the Favorite Links list are stored as Windows Shortcut (.Ink) files in a user profile. The user profile is located in the following folder:
Therefore, instead of using Group Policy to customize the Favorite Links list, you must customize the .Ink files that are in the Links folder.
In an enterprise environment, you can use a logon script to write new .lnk files into the Links folder. This causes new links to appear in the Favorite Links list in all common file dialog boxes, and in Windows Explorer. Similarly, you can use a logon script to delete .lnk files from the Links folder. This behavior causes links to be removed from the Favorite Links list in all common file dialog boxes and in Windows Explorer.
Note The following three links are added programmatically to all common file dialog boxes:
These three links are not .Ink files in the Links folder. Therefore, the links cannot be removed from the Favorite Links list in common file dialog boxes. Additionally, these three links do not appear in Windows Explorer.
Because the Links folder is in the user profile, you always have the required permissions to change the links that a logon script adds or deletes. If you must customize the links in the Favorite Links list to prevent users from making changes to the link files, you can use the Folder Redirection feature in Windows. This feature redirects the Links folder to a folder on a server. On a server, you can control which links appear in the Favorite Links list. Then, you can grant permissions to the Links folder on the server so that the user cannot make changes.
For more information about logon scripts, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site: