Add a place to store your files

Applies to
Microsoft Office 2003
Microsoft Office XP

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Add a shortcut to the My Places bar

Remove a shortcut to the My Places bar

Rearrange shortcuts on the My Places bar

Change the size of icons on the My Places bar

The My Places bar is on the left side of some dialog boxes, such as Save As, Open, and Insert Picture, that allows you to specify a folder where you want to store your files. You can use the My Places bar to help save time getting to your folders and help make it easier to access your files in your various folders. After you update the My Places bar in one dialog box, the changes are available in the other dialog boxes with the My Places bar.

 Notes 

  • The Insert Picture dialog box shows the My Places bar when you insert a picture from a file (Insert menu, point to Picture, From File command).
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 has the My Places bar only in the Save As and Insert Picture dialog boxes. To see the My Places bar in the Insert Picture dialog box, you need to have a message open.

By default, the My Places bar contains shortcuts to the My Recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, and My Network Places folders. You can add up to 256 folders to the My Places bar. You cannot add files to the My Places bar.

Save As dialog box

Callout 1 To choose a folder, use the Save in list.
Callout 2 The location of the My Places bar.
Callout 3 To add your folder to the My Places bar, click the folder you want by using the Save in list, and then click Add to "My Places" on the Tools menu.
Callout 4 To see more folders that you added to the My Places bar, click the arrow.

Add a shortcut to the My Places bar

  1. On the File menu, click Save As.
  2. In the Save in list, click the drive, folder, or Internet location that contains the folder that you want to create a shortcut to in the My Places bar.
  3. Click the folder that you want to add to the My Places bar.
  4. On the Tools menu, click Add to "My Places".
    Your shortcut appears at the bottom of the My Places bar.

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Remove a shortcut to the My Places bar

  1. On the File menu, click Save As.
  2. On the My Places bar, right-click the shortcut that you want to remove, and then click Remove on the shortcut menu.

 Note   You can remove only the shortcuts that you added to the My Places bar. You cannot remove the default shortcuts, such as My Documents, unless you edit your Microsoft Windows Registry. For more information about how to remove the default shortcuts, refer to the See Also section of this article.

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Rearrange shortcuts on the My Places bar

  1. On the File menu, click Save As.
  2. On the My Places bar, right-click the shortcut that you want to move, and then click Move Up or Move Down on the shortcut menu.

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Change the size of icons on the My Places bar

  1. On the File menu, click Save As.
  2. Right-click the My Places bar, and then click Small Icons or Large Icons on the shortcut menu.

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Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003