In case you are wondering what in the world “Places Bar” is, don’t worry, its not really Rocket Science. Places Bar is simply a fancy term used to describe the shortcuts available in the left pane of any File Open/Save dialogue box. It is an extremely handy feature which, I am sure, all of you have used in the past. However, some of the items in the Places Bar are rarely required. For example, do common folks really need a shortcut to “My Network” in the Open/Save dialogue box?
PlacesBar Editor is a simple utility from Melloware, which makes it a breeze to edit your Places Bar shortcuts. All you need to do is install the software and then specify the five locations (system locations as well as user folders are supported) you wish to see in your Places Bar.
Microsoft Office does not use the dialogue boxes provided by Window, hence changing the Windows Places Bar does not have any effect on MS Office. However, you need not worry, since PlacesBar Editor allows you to separately specify settings for the MS Office Places Bar.
I have recently reviewed quite a few Windows Explorer Related applications (see Clean-Up Your Right-Click Context Menu and Customise and Enhance Your Right Click Context Menu). I was earlier impressed with FileMenu Tools, which I had no hesitation in recommending. PlacesBar Editor may not be as feature packed, but it still qualifies as an essential productivity booster, which all Windows users should check out. The only downside to this software is that it insists on opening up the donations page everytime you run it.
Download PlacesBar Editor (1004 KB)
Version Reviewed: 184.108.40.206
Operating System: Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista/7