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Word/Excel 2000: That annoying "Places" bar

Word/Excel 2000: That annoying "Places" bar

Word/Excel 2000: That annoying "Places" bar

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We advise our users to keep their files in their home directory on the file server, and to encourage them, we set that as the default file location in Office. Now we are gradually upgrading people from Office 97 to 2000. In Word and Excel 2K, when you open or save a file, the window where you specify name/location/format of the file has a prominent bar on the left listing the places where Microsoft thinks you ought to keep your documents. There's no way within the software to customize this. Worse, one of the locations is "My Documents", so people are saving files to drive C: without realizing it (and files are getting lost, not being backed up, not shareable, etc.)

Is there a Registry setting for customizing the Places bar? Failing that, I'd like to get rid of it altogether.

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