Customizing “My Places”

When you go to save or open files in a program from Microsoft’s Office Suite, have you noticed the icons on the left side of the window? You know, the column labeled “Look in.”

Ever wish that you could alter that list to make it more useful?

If you like that idea and have a newer version of Microsoft’s Office Suite, then you’re in luck, because altering that list is quick, easy and just the thing we’re going to discuss today.

We’ll need to get to a window that uses this list, so let’s go to the Open window: File menu, Open choice.

In the center, locate and select a folder that you want added to the list.

Now go to the Tools menu, Add to My Places choice.

At this point, you won’t see a change, but believe me, the list is different.

What the program did was add your new location to the bottom of the list, so we’ll need to use the down arrow located at the bottom of the list to find it.

I do realize that you’re currently thinking that this isn’t very helpful if you’ve got to scroll down each time to use the location and I’d have to agree with you. So, locating the new folder in the list is the first step in moving it towards the top.

Once you’ve found your folder, right click on it and choose Move Up from the menu.

The Move Up option will slide the location one spot up, so this will need to be repeated until you’ve got the folder high enough in the list to meet your needs.

Right click and select Small Icons from the menu if you have a lot of folders and would like more displayed at one time.

You also might note that in that same right click menu, there’s other options, such as remove and rename. I’m sure you can figure these out for yourself.

And, one more interesting fact: the changes you make will appear in all of your MS Office programs, so investing time now to make quality changes is definitely time well spent.

Obviously, you can easily use this one to really tailor that list and make it completely your own.

~ April