SharePoint 12 directory in the places bar

Recently I have noticed that quite often I need to navigate to the 12 folder using the Open/Save file dialog. While I have already created a shortcut to 12 directory on the taskbar, which is sufficient in many cases and provides me quick access to all SharePoint system files, I was still left with the Open/Save file dialog. To get the quick access to the SharePoint system files in the Open/Save file dialog, I have decided to customize the Places bar and replace one of the locations with the 12 directory.

The Open/Save file dialog in Windows XP/2003 contains the Places Bar: a preconfigured list of a few shortcuts to the most common locations on your file system.

Standard Windows XP/2003 Open/Save file dialog

The Places bar can be customized. While the displayed places are stored somewhere in the Windows Registry, and you could update the list manually, I prefer a tool which will do that for me - Tweak UI - one of the Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP/2003.

To add the SharePoint 12 directory to the Places bar:

  1. Download, install and run Tweak UI
  2. Go to Common Dialogs > Places Bar
  3. Configure the places as shown on the picture below (last location contains the full path to the SharePoint 12 directory, eg. C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12):

Customizing the Places Bar using TweakUI

Now each time you use the Open/Save file dialog you will be able to access the 12 directory using the newly added shortcut.

Open/Save file dialog with the custom location pointing to the SharePoint 12 directory

Remember: this is a per user setting, so if you're using your development machine with multiple user accounts you will have to repeat the steps above for each user.

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