Add Desired Folders as Default Locations under “Favorite Links” Section In Save As Window

Windows Vista – Adding Desired Folders as Default Locations under “Favorite Links” Section In Save As Window

In all Windows Operating Systems, anytime you try to save a file, you will be prompted with a “Save As” window in which you can name the file as well as select the file type and the location for saving it. In Windows Vista, you will find standard locations like Computer, Picture, Desktop, etc. listed under the section “Favorite Links” for user convenience.


However, if you wish to add and display the folders/ locations of your choice under the section “Favorite Links” in your “Save As” window, you may do so by following the below mentioned procedure.

  1. Go to Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder “Links” which you will normally find at the location “C:\Users\[user name]\Links”(user name in this path is your computer’s user name).
  2. Within the right window pane, right-click on any empty space and select “New”. From the “New” submenu that appears, select “Shortcut”.
  3. Now click on the button “Browse” to choose the path of a preferred folder that you want to display under “Favorite Links” and then click on “Next” button.
  4. Give a name to the shortcut and click on the button “Finish” so as to complete the process of shortcut creation.


Now, save any document by using the “Save As” option. You need to select the option “Browse Folders” placed at the bottom-left corner of Save As window. You will notice that the folder which you had selected in the above procedure has been added as a default location under ““Favorite Links”.

Personalize “Save As” Dialogue Box With Places Utility

Personalize “Save As” Dialogue Box With Places Utility

Whenever you download something from the website, you will be asked with Save As dialogue box, which allows you to store your file into selected location. The conventional and by default view of dialogue box consists of My Recent Document, My computer, My Network, Desktop, and My Documents.

You will definitely save your files in a systematic way to locate them easily later. To save files into predefined folders you have to follow the time consuming process repeatedly. It means, you have to navigate to Drives>>folders>>selected folders. It is quite cumbersome process to repeat entire process again and again to save files in single folder.

Here is the solution for this problem, named as Places, which allows users to customize “Save As” Dialogue Box according to their preferences. This one is the useful utility, which make saving process easier and faster.

Once you install this utility, you will be enabled to replace the by default shortcuts with your desired folder shortcuts. To perform the replacing shortcuts, you just need to launch Places utility application and choose the Custom option from the drop down list. Now browse for the destination folder where you would want to save your files.

Once you’ve finalized the selecting procedure of destination folder, you can view the preview of changes by clicking in Test button. Here you will see, how the “Save As” dialogue box will be appear after the changes. Places 1.0 utility is a free to download and supports Windows XP/Vista/7. You just need to have administrator privilege to customize the Save As dialogue box with Places utility.