A Better Open File Dialogue Screen

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

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Q. Is there a way to change the Open file dialogue screen in Word? I’d like to add much more functionality to it.

A. I know of no way to change it within Word, but there is a free download that dramatically improves the functionality of the Open screen. The tool, called the WOPR PlaceBar Customizer, allows you to select 10 of your most frequently accessed folders (subdirectories) and add them to the Open menu. One click on a folder icon displays a menu of all the files in that folder, making for easy access.

The WOPR setup screen looks like the top screen shot at right. In addition to adding your favorite folders (see the panel on the right), you can further customize the screen by clicking on any of the choices under Standard Places (see the panel on the left). For example, if you evoke the History button, all your recently opened files will be displayed—not just the last nine files, but scores of them.

After you select your favorite folders, the Open screen looks like the screen shot below.

To get the free file go to http://www.wopr.com/office2000/placebar.htm .

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