I really don't want to open an age-old debate about this, but i couldn't resist sharing this with you all. You know how you can select what you do and don't want as shortcuts in the left pane of your finder windows really easily? I wanted to change the shortcuts on my work machine today and couldn't find a control panel so googled it. This is what you have to do in Windows (I kid you not): 07 December Customize your place holder in Open / Save Dialog box Q. How can I hide the Places bar in Widows XP's and Windows 2000's Open and Save common dialog boxes? A. The Open and Save common dialog boxes display a bar along the left- hand side with quick links to the following default locations: * History * My Documents * Desktop * Favorites * My Network Places You can hide this bar by performing the following steps: 1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe). 2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\co mdlg32 subkey. (If this subkey doesn't exist, select New, Key from the Edit menu to create it.) 3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value. 4. Enter a name of NoPlacesBar and press Enter. 5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1, and click OK. 6. Close the registry editor. The registry change will take effect immediately. To enable the Places bar again, either delete the NoPlacesBar registry value or set it to 0. This change will not affect applications within the Microsoft Office suite but will affect applications, such as Notepad and Microsoft Paint, that use the Open and Save common dialog boxes. -------------------- Q. How can I edit the default Places bar quick links in Windows XP's and Windows 2000's Open and Save common dialog boxes? A. You can modify the five default quick links in the Open and Save common dialog boxes by performing the following steps: 1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe). 2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\co mdlg32 subkey. (If this subkey doesn't exist, select New, Key from the Edit menu to create it.) 3. From the Edit menu, select New, Key. 4. Enter a name of Placesbar and press Enter. 5. Navigate to the new registry subkey. You can create five entries (i.e., Place0, Place1, Place2, Place3, and Place4). Make each entry either a string value (REG_SZ) entry (for a named folder) or a DWORD value (REG_DWORD) entry (for a special folder, such as My Documents or My Network Places). 6. To create a new entry, go to the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value or New, String Value (as appropriate), enter a name of Placen (e.g., Place0, Place4), and press Enter. 7. Double-click the entry and set its REG_SZ "Value data" to a path and folder name or its REG_DWORD "Value data" to a numeric ID (the table below shows a partial list of these numeric IDs--the shlobj.h file, which is part of the platform software development kit (SDK), defines the full list of special numeric IDs). 8. Close the registry editor. For example, the registry file below sets shortcuts to My Documents, the CD burning folder, and three named folders. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\comdlg32\Placesbar] "Place0"=dword:00000005 "Place1"=dword:0000003b "Place2"="d:\\temp" "Place3"="d:\\documents" "Place4"="g:\\windows" This change will not affect applications within the Microsoft Office suite but will affect applications, such as Notepad and Microsoft Paint, that use the Open and Save common dialog boxes. Each new entry you add will replace one of the default quick links. ID Pathway 0 Desktop 1 Internet Explorer 2 Start Menu\Programs 3 My Computer\Control Panel 4 My Computer\Printers 5 My Documents 6 <user name>\Favorites 7 Start Menu\Programs\Startup 8 <user name>\Recent 9 <user name>\SendTo a <desktop>\Recycle Bin b <user name>\Start Menu c Logical "My Documents" desktop icon d "My Music" folder e "My Videos" folder 10 <user name>\Desktop 11 My Computer 12 Network Neighborhood (My Network Places) 13 <user name>\Nethood 14 Windows\Fonts 16 All Users\Start Menu 17 All Users\Start Menu\Programs 18 All Users\Startup 19 All Users\Desktop 1a <user name>\Application Data 1b <user name>\PrintHood 1c <user name>\Local Settings\Application Data (nonroaming) 0x001d // nonlocalized startup 1e Nonlocalized common startup 1f Common favorites 20 Internet cache 21 Cookies 22 History 23 All Users\Application Data 24 GetWindowsDirectory() 25 GetSystemDirectory() 26 C:\Program Files 27 C:\Program Files\My Pictures 28 USERPROFILE 29 x86 system directory on RISC 2a x86 C:\Program Files on RISC 2b C:\Program Files\Common 2c x86 Program Files\Common on RISC 2d All Users\Templates 2e All Users\Documents 2f All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools 30 <user name>\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools 31 Network and Dial-up Connections 35 All Users\My Music 36 All Users\My Pictures 37 All Users\My Video 38 Resource Directory 39 Localized Resource Directory 3a All Users OEM-specific applications 3b USERPROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning What a heap of junk.