How to Hide or Show Common Open File Dialog Places Bar in Windows
When you save or open a file in an application that uses Windows common dialog box, the Places bar on the left side of the dialog box can help you navigate quicker to a location.
This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the common dialog places bar for all or specific users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.
EXAMPLE: Common Dialog Places Bar
To Hide or Show Common Dialog Places Bar using a REG File
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.
0 or delete = Show
1 = Hide
Do step 2 or 3
below for what you would like to do.
2. To Show Common Dialog Places Bar for Only Current User
NOTE: This is the default setting
3. To Hide Common Dialog Places Bar for Only Current User
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4
file to your desktop
Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
If prompted, click/tap on Run
(UAC Windows 7/8) or Continue
(UAC Vista), Yes
, and OK
to approve the merge
When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
Hide or Show Common Dialog Places Bar using Local Group Policy
Open the all users
, specific users or groups
, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor
for how you want this policy applied.
In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration
, Administrative Templates
, Windows Components
, File Explorer
, and Common Open File Dialog
. (see screenshot below)
In the right pane of Common Open File Dialog
, double click/tap on Hide the common dialog places bar
to edit it. (see screenshot above)
4. To Show Common Dialog Places Bar
5. To Hide Common Dialog Places Bar
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 5)
A) Select (dot) Enabled
, click/tap on OK
, and go to step 6
below. (see screenshot below)
When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.