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Places Utility – Modify Windows ‘Save As’ Dialog Box

While downloading a software or saving a file, we commonly come across Save As Dialog box. So why do we need to modify it? If you frequently use Save As dialog box, then you will know how difficult it is to organize your files because it takes almost forever to browse between different directories.

Places Utility is a free tool developed by Simpli Software that solves this problem once and for all. The default shortcuts are, Recent Places, Desktop, Documents, Computers, and Network in the Save As dialog box . With this tool you can easily modify them and add your own folders for quick access.

simpli software places utility

There is also a button to Test the changes and see how they look before going ahead and saving it. Once all is set, click Save and you are done. You can always change the shortcuts later on.


save as dialog box before


save as dialog box after

From the above screenshots you can see how it works wonders. It is something that should have been included in Windows by default, Microsoft sure needs to learn a lot.

Download Places Utility

It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Enjoy!

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  • Nirdala

    Microsoft’s Tweak UI has this option 🙂