El Blanco's Office 2007 Blog

Friday, August 24, 2007

Adding the 12 hive to VS.NET File Dialogs

This is something that has bugged me for ages but I've never got around to finding the time to look at it - wouldn't it be nice to have a shortcut to the 12 hive in the left-hand shortcuts panel in the Open, Save, Add New Item etc. dialogs in VS.NET – I know I'd like it !! Kudos to my new colleague Stephen Kaye for taking the time to find out how to do it.
  • Open Word and click on File -> Open to display the Open File dialog.
  • Navigate to the 12 hive.
  • Right-click in the left-hand shortcuts panel and select "Add 12" from the pop-up menu:

  • This will have added a shortcut to the 12 hive to your dialogs within Word.
  • Now open regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\Open Find\Places\UserDefinedPlaces.

  • Assuming that you only have one custom location defined (i.e. the 12 hive you've just added) then there'll be a key called "Place0" – right click on this and export it somewhere, say to your desktop and call it "word.reg".
  • Edit the word.reg file in Notepad or your favourite text editor (mine being Notepad++) and replace the key string at the top of the file with the following instead:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Open Find\Places\UserDefinedPlaces\Place0]

    Your file should now look like this:

  • Save this file and close the editor, and then double-click on the word.reg file on your desktop to enter the new information into the registry.
  • Voila – you'll now have the 12 hive as a shortcut in your dialogs within VS.NET.

You can also do a similar thing with document libraries etc to open / save files directly to web locations.

Hope this is useful.


  • Now thats hella useful !

    Sahil Malik

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:49 pm  

  • Cool trick and a handy one

    By Blogger Aravind, at 8:01 am  

  • Works fine for Visual Studio 2005 (8.0), but not for 2008 (9.0). Any ideas???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:20 am  

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