How to create custom shortcuts in Windows file open dialog box

Whenever you save or open the file through any program in Windows you will see a Save or Open file dialog box, which is also known as file dialog box. Generally, Windows will have two different types of File Dialog boxes and one of them has a tree with all locations such as favorites, drives and network locations and more. Next one has only five locations in the Places bar like Recent Places, Network, My Computer, Desktop and Libraries. Here is let us see how to add the shortcut of frequently accessing file to this place bar.

How to create custom shortcuts in Windows file open dialog box

This can be done with a simple registry hack, so before doing anything it is recommended to have the backup of the Windows Registry, as in the process we will create few Keys and Values. Here is how to take backup of Windows Registry.

  • Launch Run bar by pressing WIN+R keys together and type regedit and hit Enter in the run bar.
  • This will open the Windows Registry and enter following path in the left pane.


  • Next step is we need to create few keys to place the custom shortcuts. For this right click on policies and select New > Key and label it as comdlg32.
  • Right click on the comdlg32 key and again create a new key placesbar.
  • After creating the keys you need to create a new string. For this right click on right pane and select New and then click on option String Value.
  • Label the new string value as Place0 and this is the first shortcut in the Windows file dialog box.
  • Now double click on this string value and enter the path of the folder which you want to make shortcut as the Value Data .

In the same way, you can create as many as you want. If you are creating multiple shortcuts name the String values as place1, place2 to access easily. After creating the string values you can see old shortcuts are removed completely and they were replaced with the new ones. That’s it if you want to remove these shortcuts, then simply go the Registry Editor and simply delete the newly created keys. Do remember that you must be careful when tweaking any keys and values in Registry Editor.

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