Change Places Bar Locations for File Dialog Boxes in Windows 7

In case you wanted to change the default locations displayed in the places bar on the left of a FileDialog box such as the one shown below under Windows 7, do the following:

run gpedit.msc

Navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer -> Common Open File Dialog -> Double Click on ‘Items displayed in Places Bar’

On the “Items displayed in Places Bar” window, select Enabled and enter the 5 items that is to be displayed below. Keywords such as ‘Desktop’, ‘Recent Places’, ‘Documents’, ‘Pictures’, etc. can be used in place of the path.

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