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How to change the default Save As or Open location – GPEdit

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I’ve been annoyed that I’ve not been able to change the default Save As/Open locations, as well as changing the 5 options I get on the Places Bar. Here’s what it looks like default:

The default Save As/Open locations

Now, there are two ways of changing this, this first one uses the GPEdit or Group Policy Editor app which you might remember from my post on branding Internet Explorer. Here’s how we go about changing it:

    • In the start-menu, open “Run”
    • Type “gpedit.msc” and hit enter
    • In the group policy editor, navigate to:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Explorer\Common Open File Dialog

    • Open the entry called Items displayed in Places Bar
    • Set the entry to Active, and configure at will

Places Bar configured
Here’s the end product:

Places Bar edited

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