How can I customize the Places Bar in Office XP?
In Office 2000 you needed to either edit the registry or use a utility to change the places bar and could not do it on the fly. Also, the places bar was limited to no more than ten entries.
With Office XP, it’s easy to add new places right from the File | Open or File | Save dialog and you can have more than ten. You can easily access frequently used folders or even partitions.
You can also add removable ZIP drives, USB devices, Disk-on-key USB devices, Floppy drives and what not.
A dialog window will pop-up asking for your logon name and password. Enter it (if you have one) or select Anonymous.
You can export the registry keys for my places bar and restore it quickly. This saves rebuilding all you custom locations if you need to reformat and reinstall. The registry key can be found at:
Removing places from the bar is just as easy, right click on the icon you want to remove and choose Remove. You can rename or switch between large and small icons using this menu also.
Note: Tip modified from an original tip written by Diane Poremsky.