Solved how to customize the shortcuts

Toshiba / Satellite a100
February 28, 2015 at 01:34:13
Specs: Windows XP, x86 1995 MHz
Is there a way to customize the shortcuts found on the left in a file upload dialogue box? Right now there are only 4 shortcuts to choose from.

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March 2, 2015 at 05:31:55
"I assume this forum is for answering questions not for asking why they were asked!!"

Sometimes knowing the reason is helpful.

I haven't run XP in a while but I believe what you want to do can be done using Microsoft PowerToy TweakUI. See the following:

http://www.cnet.com/news/place-shor...

http://filehippo.com/download_tweakui



#1
February 28, 2015 at 02:44:18
Click the "Browse" button and navigate to moreicons.dll which is in the C:/Windows/System32/ folder

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#2
February 28, 2015 at 08:33:47
"file upload dialogue box"
Maybe it's me but I'm not at all sure what box you mean. Let us know exactly what you are doing. Uploading boxes are usually something on the internet which cannot be changed. A screen Shot would help - this upload site is free and no need to sign-in:
http://www.zippyshare.com/

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#3
February 28, 2015 at 12:28:05
It is the dialogue window that pops up when you want to browse into your files to select one of them and upload it to a site in net or elsewhere. There are usually shortcuts on the left side of that window (in XP at least) for recent, desktop, my documents, and my computer. My question: can I customize those shortcuts to put the folders I want there?

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#4
February 28, 2015 at 12:33:08
"navigate to moreicons.dll"

I dont have such a file in my entire windows folder even when checking the hidden sys files. Are you talking about XP? Even then, what am I supposed to do with it?


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#5
February 28, 2015 at 12:48:29
Aha, glad we sought clarification then. What you are talking about is the Start Menu (which is missing on Windows 8 and caused some disquiet). Strangely, Recent, and My Documents you mentioned are usually on the right side of it. However, left to its own devices it will shove whatever it likes on the left side (even though most of it is there in "All Programs" anyhow). It is not really for "uploading" - it's a way of accessing things. For example it would be best to upload photos from "Pictures", music from "Music" etc., otherwise the left side will be stuffed full of uploads.

The left side can most definitely be tailored and my first step is to uncheck the box so that it only puts there what I want. Anything can be removed from the left (but check in "All Programs" first to make sure you have a way back later if needed). I mention "removal" because there is limited space available, dictated by what is on both the left and right sides.

There are many ways to add to it but probably the most convenient is to go to the appropriate program file in "All Programs", right click it and select the option "Pin to Start menu".

If you have an existing shortcut you can simply drag and drop it onto the start orb. Come out, go back in and (if there is enough vertical space) it will appear. You still have to retain the original shortcut though.

See this which might help you:
http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/BC//b...
As always with computers there are several ways to go about things so it will not necessarily be identical to what I gave previously. Note that the penultimate list (the long one) is for making changes to the right hand side.

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#6
February 28, 2015 at 13:23:42
Sorry Derek it is not the start menu. Let me try again. When you want to upload a file to a web site you are surfing, It prompts you to click on a link to browse for a file on your disk. When you click on that link on the website, a dialogue window opens and takes you to My Documents or any other folder in your computer. The left side of THAT window has shortcuts like desktop, recent, and my computer etc. Those are the shortcuts I was talking about. Unfortunately I cant attach a pic with this text.

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#7
February 28, 2015 at 13:26:26
By the way, the same window opens when you want to save something on your computer. It also prompts you to choose the location to save your file. In the left side of that window as well you see those shortcuts. if you click on one of them like My computer, the window takes you to My computer folder so you can save your file there.

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#8
February 28, 2015 at 14:17:06
Ah well, perhaps there will be something useful in all that Startup menu stuff somewhere LOL.

I understand now. Well normally you would simply browse by expanding out those places (or others) to find the file that you wish to upload. That would seem to me the best way to go about it.

However, as regards adding your own shortcuts then MS have done clever tricks with the OS to create those places. I'm not on XP right now but I think if you unhide hidden folders and files then go to your user name folder you will find most/all of them there, or close to hand. XP is not so fussy about where you put things so I reckon you could dump shortcuts there if you so desire.

As you probably know, to unhide files and folders you can go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View, then put the check mark in "Show hidden, files, folders and drives". The verbiage might be slightly different as I'm on Win 8.1 right now. If that doesn't shake out I'll wind up my old XP tomorrow and determine the exact locations. Can't do it right now because my XP is upstairs and wifey is in bed (I'm in the UK), so I better not risk certain death by clumping around nearby. Someone else might confirm the path here in the meantime.

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#9
February 28, 2015 at 15:13:15
I'm not sure this is exactly what you are after, but if not I'm sure will put you in the right direction:

http://m.wikihow.com/Add-New-Send-t...


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#10
February 28, 2015 at 22:48:30
I looked in all folders in the username location but could not Identify where the shortcuts for dialogue window I need are located. As for the start menu, that is not what I need. Any other ideas?

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#11
March 1, 2015 at 06:37:57
I think he means this: My Documents

I don't know why you would need more icons? The few that are there will take you to just about any place you need to go. Are you just trying to save yourself from making a couple extra clicks?

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#12
March 1, 2015 at 08:11:36
My guess is this path, which seems to fit more closely to what you gave in #3:

C Drive > Documents and settings > <"your user name" folder>
(seems you don't have to show hidden files & folders to see this on XP)

If that is not the right place, please post a screen shot as suggested earlier.

As per #11 this is an unusual request and it's difficult to see its advantages, although "everyone to his own" I guess. You can browse to anywhere on your machine from the default location.

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#13
March 1, 2015 at 21:55:17
As for # 11 the shortcut provided is correct. Those are the shortcuts I want to change. As for the reason, it is provided by #12 correctly as "everyone to his own" I assume this forum is for answering questions not for asking why they were asked!!.
As for # 12, the username folder doesnt contain any shortcuts. It looks like this issue is more difficult than I thought...

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#14
March 2, 2015 at 05:31:55
✔ Best Answer
"I assume this forum is for answering questions not for asking why they were asked!!"

Sometimes knowing the reason is helpful.

I haven't run XP in a while but I believe what you want to do can be done using Microsoft PowerToy TweakUI. See the following:

http://www.cnet.com/news/place-shor...

http://filehippo.com/download_tweakui


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#15
March 2, 2015 at 07:26:16
Use Search for all the items showing in the area you want to get to. With luck you might find it. It could be that this is one of those virtual areas that Windows sets up to make things user friendly, and that it might not exist as an entity in reality. If that sounds odd it's not really. When you examine Windows with a Live Linux CD it shows the "real" folder/file structure. There are many places where the true situation is quite a lot different to what MS shows you in Windows.

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#16
March 2, 2015 at 11:20:15
It may be possible but it's not the everyday task. What you are wanting is to customize the Open file dialog box which is created like so many other parts of Windows with visual basic. This function will be found to be in a system dll file that may be changeable for another that is more to you liking. Now that you know what to call it, you might find it? Under visual basic programming forum groups with open file dialog box search terms in order to drill on down into your area of interest.

In the open file dialog box one does not normally just pop in an icon to a folder and have the folder accessed in the open file dialog box. It comes preloaded with icon's matching the clicked choices handed off to a 'mini' windows explorer instance to go get the files. Need a new dll written with your folder/icon choices put in there. Someone, somewhere has probably done it just for grins. Resource Hacker is just one program that comes to mind where you can view all the possible open file dialog boxes available in your current set of dll files. It might sound like a bad boy, but it really is a legit tool to have and use - you are NOT an evil hacker because you downloaded Resource Hacker. You can even export such resources as the open file dialog box, modify them to your liking, and then re-insert them. Also likely you'll find a suitable open file dialog box already assembled into the current dll file that is being used and you only need to change a 6 for a 14 in your registry somewhere to get just what you are asking for here. Up to you to find it though.

If you were to lay your hands on the previously mentioned 'moreicons.dll' file for example and use Resource Hacker on it you would see hundreds if not more icons stored within it, each with their own number. Pointing windows to that dll with desired icon number, you could change any currently used icon for just about anything you want to if you knew where windows was getting pointed to/by in the registry in the first place - this alone won't change the function until you change the function underlying the icon which is another ball of wax entirely. But it really is all possible.

You assume correctly, this is the place for answers and not why you want? Always good for a giggle to be reminded of it too. Please notice though how quickly riider's remote site posting of an image of the open file dialog box got us this far, this quick. If you press the Print Screen key and open paint to then press Ctrl +V while your mouse is over the new file you now have an image you can start cropping into something you can have hosted at a remote image site too. Trimming from the left is done by reducing the width pixel count under Attributes in the Image tool bar drop down box of Paint. Trim from bottom with Height pixel count. Rotate 180 and do again. Rotate 180 to finish right side up.

Lee


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#17
March 2, 2015 at 12:02:53
The way I read this post it is all about location rather than which particular icon (graphic) happened to be used. This was, eventually, my focus. No doubt the poster will put us right one way or another.

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#18
March 2, 2015 at 12:07:20
Now it works. #14 is the brilliant solution. I was about to give up. Tweaking interface using a program is the best way to customize those shortcuts. Now I replaced those general useless shortcuts with the ones that I use most frequently.

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#19
March 2, 2015 at 12:15:23
Good to hear and thanks for taking the trouble to pop back and let us know.

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#20
March 2, 2015 at 21:30:15
Thanks to all participants

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