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MS Office: Add Your Locations to the My Places Bar

Friday, April 8th, 2011 by | Filed Under: MS Excel, MS Office Help, MS PowerPoint, MS Word

Some people have one central location where they open Office files from on a regular basis… but others have several locations, and it’s a bit of a pain to constantly navigate from one location to another.

The more files you open, the bigger that pain becomes until it’s an all out headache.

You’ve got to be wondering if there isn’t a better way to accomplish all this navigation.

After all, Microsoft managed to put a list of locations that they thought would be useful on the left sidebar… why shouldn’t we be able to add ours since we’re the one who actually uses it?

Well, why not?

Actually you can, and I’m happy to let you know that it’s a very, very easy process… ahhh, if only everything were as easy as this…

Anyway, back to business.

To alter the list in the My Places bar, you’ll want to start either the Save as or Open dialog box via one of the Office programs.

Once there, navigate to the location you want to add to the choices on the left.

Select it.

Now right-click in the My Places Bar.

The first entry in the menu that opens is Add ‘your selected location…’

Choose it.


The location you chose is now on the My Places Bar where you can navigate to it with a single click… no more into and out of folder… use the shortcut and your on the express train to your destination without delay.

~ April

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4 Responses to “MS Office: Add Your Locations to the My Places Bar”

  1. Kim Stockdale says:

    I have Word 2003 / Windows XP system. When I open Word, then “Save As,” I get the Window you show above. Then when I click (select) a folder on right and place cursor in the left under “My Network Places” and Right Click, there is no option at top that displays the folder I selected, such as “Add My Music” as shown in your example. I get the same dialog box, only without the top entry, and everything grayed out except “Move Up”

  2. jack says:

    After selecting the folder you want to add, left click on Tools in the tool bar, click on Add to “My Places”

  3. Shirley says:

    I clicked on the folder I wanted to add. I didn’t see anything stating “My Places Bar” but when I right clicked on the left side under “Save in:” area a dialog box as shown above opened. I clicked on the “Add folder name I used” and it was put in place. I think this is a useful tip. From my own experience I would use right click on the left side under “Save in:” instead of the “My Places Bar.” This is the first time I heard of that phrase. Also I was wondering if there is any other way to do this other than having to open a program and selecting Save as or Open.

  4. Dennis says:

    I wasn’t able to find “My Places Bar” in MS Word. Maybe it wasn’t explained well enough what this bar is. I have Word 2010.

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