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Changing default Outlook save folder to Desktop

Q: Changing default Outlook save folder to Desktop

Couldn't find the answer in searches so hopefully someone has performed this function and can offer help.

Have an office machine running Win XP w/ Outlook 98. Want to change the default attachment "Save As" folder to the Desktop. Can this be done and of so, what are the steps?

Thanks much!

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I have Googled till I'm blue in the face. Looked at a thread here and changed registry settings but still cannot seem to change the default save as folder in Outlook 2007 on an XP system.

I want to change the default "My Documents" folder to an external hard drive. How can this be done?

Thank you.

A:Solved: Changing default "save as" folder in Outlook 2007

This article from Microsoft might help:

Good luck!

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Whenever I try to save a file it saves a default folder. Can I permanently change it to the desktop?

A:Changing Default save folder


What program are you trying to save in? I ask because the default file save location is different and in some cases can be changed from program to program by modifying the programs options/settings.

Reply with more specific information and we should be able to help you.

- John

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Hi folks, got a question re: Excel 2010, running on win7 Pro 32-bit (it's not the machine in my stats).

I looked up tutorials to change the default save folder location for MS Office, and pretty much all of them reference MS Word 2010. Like for example the one in this forum, MS Office Word : Set Default Save Location -- which works fine when I try it, no problem with Word 2010. However, Excel 2010 is being a **** and refuses to following spec.

When I click on File -> Options, then navigate to the "Save" tab, it displays a screen similar to the equivalent one in Word... except that the "Browse" button to change the folders is missing.

No big deal, plus the default file location is already pointing to my user folder: that's fine. However, when I go to save or save-as, this is what pops up:

Yea-- no. Why is Excel showing libraries? I don't want to use libraries. I don't want to see libraries. I've used the registry hack from this forum to remove libraries from showing up in the left pane of Explorer.

How do I get Excel to use my documents folder as the default?

A:Changing Excel 2010 default save folder location

After changing the location in the Excel Options --> Save tab... did you reboot?

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When saving emails in Outlook, would like to change the default from .msg to html
Is there a way to do that? We are using XP Pro with Office 2003.
Thanks, Skyie

A:Changing Default 'Save As' option in Outlook

Hi Skyie, Welcome to TSG !!

When you select Save As, a box opens

At the bottom you should see a Save as type box
Click the down arrow to the right of that box and select .html

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Hey there, mates.

Got this small issue, and can't find an answer. Sorry in advance if it's lame.

I have a setup with Windows 7 Pro and Outlook 2007 Pro. When receiving emails with attached emails and saving those attachments, Outlook always goes to a default folder (Say %userprofile%\Documents). Is there a way to force Olk2007 to point to last location an attachment was saved to? I thought it might be W7 issue, but couldn't get through on that front either. Ideas?


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I have a series of folders in My Documents (say 2019, 2018, 2017...) each with subfolders. Some time ago I marked certain subfolders with a custom icon. As the need changed, I manually changed some of these back to the default icon. Now I wish to get rid of all the custom icons. I know that creating a custom icon creates a file desktop.ini. Is it safe enough to go to each of the folders eg 2019 - search for all occurrences of desktop ini in that folder/subfolders and delete? My goal is not just to change the icon back to the default, but to get rid of all the desktop.ini files. I am not going to be deleting any from the My Documents folder itself as the search will start on the next level down.

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While I have sent feedback into Microsoft, I thought I might post here aswell.
In IE9 when you click a download, a pop-up from the bottom asks 'Do you want to open or save file.xxx from x.com' then gives you the option to 'Open' 'Save' or 'Cancel'
During testing, we found that users would just click 'Save' then not know where the file they downloaded went. After explaining that it was in the downloads, they complained that previously they just chose where to save the file and it saved there. Now they
have to open downloads and copy paste to the location.
We could teach the users to always drop down and select 'Save as' but I can tell you it would be a lot easier if there was a group policy, or a default we can change so the default was 'Save as'
Other than that, I have no complaints :D.

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Our office uses an exchange server that has no configured organizational forms library configured. Whenever any of our client machines selects "choose form", outlook will automatically try to open the Organizational Forms Library and repond with the error: "Form load failed. You don't have apporpriate permission to perform this operation", after which a drop down box will allow the user to switch to a different folder and find the forms to choose, relegating this to a nuisance. In any case, I'm looking for a way to change the default locatoin to look for "choose form" so this error message won't appear every time. Perhaps it's something blatantly obvious, but I haven't found it yet.

Thanks in advance.

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Is there any way to set the default save location folder for downloads in IE8 to the last folder that the same file type was saved in? It makes no sense to default to a single folder and have to browse through to the desired folder for every single download, so I assume there has to be an option somewhere.

A:Setting default save location to last save folder

Limited choice here. Pictures (right click, save picture as) will save to My Pictures. Else, right click save will save to the last folder used.

No other option by file type.

But,you can do this... Adding Entries to the Standard Context Menu

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Changing folder icons to show open or closed and changing default folder icons like "Favorites".

Here we go again.

I have recentely learned how to change a folder icon manually in Windows Explorer, and now would like to be able to manually change the folder so it shows the folder open and shows the folder closed.

I would also like to know how to change default folder like "Favorites" and "Control Panel"

A:Changing folder icons to show open or closed and changing default folder icons.....

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I recently changed taskbar and start menu properties, system prompted restart. After restarting my desktop files folders disappeared from my desktop, including a folder that i have couple hundreds photos.
Please help.

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I have a new HP Gaming laptop running Windows 10 which has a separate flash drive (labelled as Drive C) and the main hard drive labelled as Drive D. Windows and all pre-installed programmes are loaded on the Flash drive, but this is already running out of space so I would like to save future programmes and apps to the Hard Drive (D).  In Settings>System>Storage> I only get the option to change save location for Documents, Music, Pictures etc, but the location for saving New Apps is greyed out and set to C (Flash drive) by default. How can I change this please and keep main windows boot programme on the Flash drive which works really well for a fast PC start up. Thanks 

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I always like saving screen shots (or whatever) as *.jpg. Is there a quick easy way to change it so when you click 'Save As' it defaults to *.jpg instead of *.bmp? i know it's a quick little click of the mouse to switch it to jpg, but I was just wondering if it was possible so I wouldn't have to do that every time...

A:changing ms paints default save format


when you are doing your save as and you have the opyion to name the file / right under it there is a box that tell you what format you are saving it in / now if you click the little arrow next to it you will get a number of formates that it can be save in

just select (jpg) then save

it will then be save as a (jpg)

let us know if this works for you


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When I change the default save path in MS Word it changes but not to the path i entered , it only goes to desktop

any idea why i am failing ?

We are using Windows XP pro and the file i want to change the save path to is shared in the network BUT is on my PC

A:Changing default save path Office 2007

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This should be an easy one - I'm just a newbie.

How can the "default" save location be set for files?

Background: The default location was set to a network drive which I dont use.

I tried to change it to my frequently used network drive but it doesn't seem quite right. Not sure of the "bigger picture".

Here's what I did...

Left-clicked START menu.

Right clicked on Properties of Top Right Corner default.

Changed the properties on the "General" and "Location" tabs to point to the folder I'd to be the default.

On one of my mapped drives, the folder is no longer displayed, however and the mapped drive that goes directly to it, it appears in the same location.

I'm just not sure what happened when I made these changes. I had no intention of "moving" the folder.

What does this feature actually do?

-Very Very Newbie.

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Hello all!

I was always wondering,

Is there some way that I can change the default save location of things? For instance.. Games... Virtual machines.. I want JUST documents to be in documents rather then a bunch of BS stuff. If I make a folder in documents like "BS Folder" and put everything I don't want in there then it confuses the software.

Is there anyway I can change something or work around it so when I click Documents in the start menu a select folder pops up that is full of stuff I want it to be full of.

Hopefully that makes sense..

As you can see in the photo.. I want stuff like that out of my Documents and somewhere else.


A:Changing the default save location of things from Documents

It sounds to me like you are talking about the Documents library and that you have folders "included" in this library that you do not want to be included anymore. Is this correct?

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Hi. I am running Windows 7. When I try to save a jpeg picture I right click on it and click save as. The folder it wants to save into by default is named downloads. I want to change the destination folder to another named pictures. I can maually change the destination to the picture folder but when I try to save the next picture it reverts back to the download folder. How can I make a permanant destination folder change to save messing about changing the destination folder manually each time. Thanks

A:Folder to save Pix default

This tutorial shows how to change the default download folder.


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If I want to save a word doc or a downloaded program whatever it is to my desktop that is where it goes, except all of sudden it doesn't, Take a word doc and it just did it for a program to. when the word doc is done I go to file>save as>the make sure desktop is in the dropdown box and clicked on and then name the doc and click save. I have did it a million times, but now, instead of showing up my desktop I have to go into my computer>C drive> my documents>owner> then desktop and there it is, I can cut and paste it back to the desktop but why all of a sudden is it saving it there?

A:Solved: Windows XP SP2-save to desktop-saves it to the desktop folder not the desktop

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I have Outlook 365 on my desktop for emails , calendars and contacts
I use Icloud for Windows to sync my Calendar and Contacts from iphone to desktop or from desktop to iphone.
Was seamless until a few days ago when trying to edit a contact on Outlook it would not allow me to save it
Error message was "Your changes cannot be saved because you don't have permission to modify some or all of the items in this folder. Do you want to save a copy of the item in the default
folder for the item?
I can edit the contact on iphone and it updates though to Outlook on desktop.
Calendar appointments (new and amended/edited) are seamlessly working both ways.
A new contact inputted onto Outlook icloud contact will save but if you then try to add a new number or note then get the above error message.
Please advise

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Hi Everyone - great forum!

I use a Local Account on my laptop and am the only normal user. When I right click to save an image in I.E. and select 'save picture as' a window opens with the This PC>Pictures folder highlighted and ready to be saved to.

I then have to navigate up to my Local User Account>My Content>Pictures folder to save each time. When you do a lot this is so time consuming.

Is there not a way to tell Windows, when I right click 'save as', to go to the Pictures folder under the Local Account I'm using? I'd like to know as saving everything under This PC means anyone I let use the laptop can access the files I think..

I've found info on similar things but not exactly this ( I want to avoid using Libraries if possible).


A:Can You Set a Default Folder to Right Click and Save To...

Welcome to Windows EightForums, soulsister.

Administrator accounts can view your files.

Usually one only needs to direct to the folder once initially, then it defaults to that folder after that until a reboot. I use libraries, so that may be true there only.

Be sure to read and adhere to all warnings while changing the Registry!


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I'm using MS Works ver. 4.5, and I'd like to know if anyone knows of a way to change the default folder when choosing the "Save" or "Save As" option within a worksheet.

I've checked the "Options" menu, Page Setup, and just about every menu I can find. MS Excel (and Word for that matter) allows the user to change the default folders.

Thanks to any who can help.

A:MS Works default Save Folder

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I want to know how to set the default folder when I right click on an image and select "save image as" to be My Pictures. And/or how to set the default folder for specific file types to be a specific folder.

Thank you for your kind assistance!!!


A:change default folder to save files to

Take a look here: How To Change Windows Default Save As or Open Location

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Hi Experts

I have been through these two links below

MS Office Word : Set Default Save Location

Library - Set Save Folder

If I want to change a default saved location folder for any of those file's types : Excel, adobe , jpg, access, email attachment , ,,,,,etc

Do I need to repeat the procedure explained in the above two links for each individual file type ?


A:Change the Default Save Folder for Windows 7 Something else

Hello Zillah,

You cannot change the default save location for file types.

The methods you linked to use a library to set a program to save to, then set the library's default save location usually works best though.

Hope this helps some,

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Hi, I know this is a dumb question, but how do I change the Notepad default save folder from Windows folder to My documents (or other) folder?

A:Solved: Notepad default save folder

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ok, so ive set a new icon for default folders, ex: when i make a new folder, it has my custom icon, however, whenever i put files into any new folder that i create, it reverts back to the yellow one. the only solution that works is enabling always show icons, never thumbnails, however, that is not the option i want. before i reinstalled windows, it was working the way i wanted (where my default icon is one of mine, not system, and i was still able to see thumbnails bc i didnt need the always show icons option enabled). anyways, now when i make a new folder it does have my icon, but whenever i add something to that folder, it reverts back. i want it to stay the custom icon i set, and still be able to see the thumbnails inside of it. it was this way before but i cant remember how to fix it. helpp please

A:how do i keep the default folder icon from changing

Hello Boyer90, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did you use the method in the tutorial below to change the default folder icons?

Folder Icon - Change Default Icon

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Is there a way to change the default folder icon instead of manually changing them one by one?

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How can I change which folder opens first when I want to save an attachment and click on the attach icon?
I've looked high and low in the MS Help files but I cannot find any reference to this.

A:Changing the default attachment folder

With IE I think it automatically uses that last folder that you attached a file from - not aware of a method of having a permanent default folder.

I would be interested in the solution if there is one.

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I know how to change my default folder view when I access a folder from Windows Explorer but when I save a picture in IE6, the default folder view in the SaveTo window is always "thumbnails". I much prefer "details" all the time. Is there a way to change the default when saving an image in IE? OS is Win XP Pro. Thanks.

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I was wondering if there was a way to change the default plain folder icon to one of my choice. I want to change the color from yellow, to a transparent blue one I made in PhotoShop.

A:Changing default folder Icon?

You might try this.

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How do you change the default folder view to be "List" for all folders? I set a few manually and when I go back the view to those folders the view has changed to "titles".

Is there a way to have "list" be the default view for my DVD drive as well?


A:changing default folder view

Quote: Originally Posted by artoo

How do you change the default folder view to be "List" for all folders? I set a few manually and when I go back the view to those folders the view has changed to "titles".

Is there a way to have "list" be the default view for my DVD drive as well?


It is in control panel>folders. see pic

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I just got a new computer and I'm in the process of configuring it to my liking. One thing I'd really like is to change the default Temp folder. On my other computer, the older one, I read an article somwhere describing how to change the temp folder from C:\Windows\Temp to whatever I want. I've since lost that bookmark to that article and I'm looking for someone who knows how to change it.

Thanks in advance

A:Changing Default Temp Folder

Nevermind this post guys, lock/delete it or whatever.

After some researching (google searches) I found that it could be done through the environment variables, and found a good walkthrough for doing it.

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Thank you for having this service available.

I had installed Microsoft office upgrade to 2007 and also updated to microsoft outlook and lost function of respond on the email client. I was into windows live and sending a message, the client asked to have my email changed to outlook express which i agreed to. So now my email client it express but lost all the emails that were on the Microsoft outlook with all the addresses.

Anyway that I can retrieve my address book from Microsoft outlook through maintenance option

I had tried to save the address book yesterday but the copy paste function was greyed out. The default change was kind of spontaneous. Any help available for this. I was using the MS outlook due to work online. Using windows XP professional

Thank you and Happy New year to everybody!

A:changing default to outlook express from microsoft outlook

Use the "Import" feature of Outlook Express. if you choose to import "All" folders, it will include all messages and contacts data. or you can choose to import only contacts and not messages.

Obviously, it requires that both Outlook & Outlook Express are currently installed on the same PC.
Go here for a short tutorial: http://www.ehow.com/how_6374425_import-outlook-outlook-express.html

However, it must be pointed out that, for backup purposes, it's much easier to back up data in Outlook than is the case with Outlook Express.

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I need to be able to change the default save as folder in Microsoft Query. I know where to do it in Excel, but I don't see an option in MS Query.


A:Change the default save as folder in Microsoft Query

well that doesn't make sense, you use MSquery through Excel, get your Data and then use Excel to save it somewhere.

You can Save an MSquery file (.dqy) and then record a Macro that opens it and returns your data and then saves it to a specific location.

Do you follow what I mean? I've done this for years, some MS query's are saved with criteria, or you can replace hard coded criteria ( in MS Query) with Square Brackets like... [Enter Part Number] and you will be prompted works great with Macro's.

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Anyone cracked this one yet?

A:Save File dialog default folder location

Seems to depend on the application.

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When I save pictures from emails, they default to a temp folder (OLK24D).
I then have to change the place I want them to go (desktop, or other selected folder) every time.
How can I make the folder they go to a permanent default?
It's probably something simple, but I don't see the answer.

A:Solved: Can I save email pics to a default folder?

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this start happening 3 days ago, every time i try to open a file that is not "recognized by windows by default", for example, a torrent file, a .java script, an iso image, etc...
Everytime i do that the "search for application to open this file in Windows store" message popup, even if i right click on the file -> property -> change the default application-> apply-> ok.
first of all the file icon doesn't change, which is strange, but also, when i double click on it again, it still give me the same message saying that there is no default app to open this file.
Any help please ?

Thank you

- I tried cleaning registry with CCleaner, nothing changed (restarted the computer after that too)
- I also tried sfc/scannow and it said (original was in French so..) :"Scan was successfully completed and found corrupted files, however, it couldn't >fix them all, for more details see log file CBS.log"here is a link to that file a new link (it's 8mb with more than 45k lines....)
i just went to control panel -> default program, and was really surprised by the list there, it doesn't even have 1/4 of the installed programs i have in my computer, what's wrong ? :

My Specs :Os : Windows 8.1
Cpu : intel i7-4770 3.40Ghz
Gpu : nVidia GTX-750
Ram : 8Gb
HDD : 2tb

A:can't save settings like default app, folder and icon size

You ​seem to have a driver update problem-

Have you tried running, in an admin cmd prompt, -

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

then running sfc again ?

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How do you change the Default In XP pro for pictures from My Picture Folder?

A:(Solved) Changing default from My Picture Folder

TweakUI for XP has a setting under Computer > Special Folders for changing the locations of some system folders. My Pictures is one of them. You will still have to move the files to the new location.

Get TweakUI for XP here:

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I want to view details in all folders and the only details I want are name, date modified, and size. Is there a way to change this for all folders at the same time?

A:Changing default folder view in Vista?


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I know I am not going to phrase this right, but here is my best attempt.

Okay, you know how when you create a new folder Vista gives you the yellow folder as an icon. Now, I know that I could go in and individually change each folder icon as it is created to my new pretty pink folder .

What I am wondering is if there is a way to change it so that Vista automatically uses the Pink Empty Folder and Pink Full Folder that I have.

Thank You

A:Changing which default folder Vista uses Automatically

Hello Misti,

The one application to change the icon colors is Folder Marker Free. I'm not sure is it possible to set colors automatically to new folders with this software, but you can try to play with it. Frankly, I never used this application... no needed as yet.

Hops it helps... Cheers...

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Is there somewhere in XP Pro's registry where I can change my default TEMP folder (that one that's at C:\Documents and Settings\Whatever\Local Settings\Temp) to something else?
Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Changing default TEMP folder in XP.

System properties (Winkey+Break), Advanced, "Environment Variables" at the bottom.

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I have plenty of folders worth of music on my computer. Windows 7 thinks that when I have a music folder it should be organized with certain columns, including track #, Title, Contributing Artists, and Album. I don't care about those columns. I don't ever want to see those columns. I know what columns I want to see. Aside from the obvious Name, which I see anyway, I want Date Created, Date Modified, Size, and sometimes Type. I know how to change this on a per-folder basis. I don't want to have to do it a hundred times. In fact, I don't want Windows to decide to use its idiotic format on new folders, either. But I also don't want to make every folder on my operating system follow the same format. If I have a folder full of pictures, I definitely want to see thumbnails. So, is there a way I can modify the folder templates? Or is there some other solution?

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Explorer opens up my normal HDD (C) as I guess it is designed to do but as 99% of my work is under My Docs, I was wondering if it was possible to make it go straight there every time I open it instead of my having to wade through all the folders on C drive to get to My Docs?

A:Changing Explorers Opening Folder Default

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I have 19 blue Vista icons for the basic folders like Documents, Links, Empty Folder and Saved Games, as well as programs like WMP, Windows Mail, and so on.
Most of my icons have been changed with Folderico already, but doing it that way takes a long time. Obviously new folders will still look the same, so whenever I make a new one I have to waste time changing that one too. IconPackager's no good since the icons I want to use are all separate .ico files.
I haven't tried regedit yet because I'm not 100% sure what to do and I'm afraid that I'm going to mess something up, but I don't see any other alternatives right now.

So basically what I need to know is;
How do I change the icons permanently using either regedit* or any software that changes all icons correctly (ex: replacing Win7 Empty Folder icon with blue Vista Empty Folder icon for every single empty folder found)?

*I need a step-by-step guide, I'm basically like a five year old when it comes to this.

A:Changing default folder icons completely - How to?

Welcome to the Seven Forums
You'll find those icons in imageres.dll and with you using 64-bit it will be in both C:\Windows\System32 and C:\Windows\SysWOW64
This tutorial will show you how to change folder icons Folder Icon - Change Default Icon you will need to do basically the same thing for like your Documents, Links, Saved Games etc. all those icons are in the imageres.dll also. HINT: put copies of the imageres.dll on your desktop and modify them to not touch the originals at this time.

After you have modified the .dll you will need to Take Ownership, give yourself Permission, Rename(The original one from imageres.dll to imageres.bak.dll) and Replace imageres.dll with the one you modified look at Post #6 of this thread and it will show you how to do that Basic Networking Information
After you have done this you will need to Icon Cache - Rebuild

Let me know if you need further advice.

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Hey guys,

My PC is currently partitioned, my OS is installed on a 30gb partition to just host the OS, and the rest of my disk is the D partition. Unfortunately I do not know of a way to make Vista think that my "My Documents" folder / area would be on a different disk, so I manually made my own and use it on the other partition.

One of the things I find super annoying is whenever I go to open a file, for example try to attach something to an email, it by default goes to the My Documents area on the C Drive. Is there a way to change the path that it goes to first when opening / attaching files like that?


A:Changing default folder open path?

Hello Punkrulz,

This tutorial below can help show you how to change the default location of your C:\Users\(user name)\Doucments folder to open from the D: partition location instead. However, be sure to read the warning box at the top of the tutorial about doing this with the Documents folder if you have programs that save files to this location.

Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location

Hope this helps,

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Hi all. This my first post and any help would be appreciated.

There's a default configuration I use when I begin a music/recording session. I'll post a picture below but basically it involves splitting elements of my DAW between 2 monitors and having references open in my browser and PDF (3 monitors in all). Does anybody know how to easily save this default configuration (or variations) so that it can be opened with a single button click?

A:Can I save a default desktop configuration?

Just wanted to say hello & welcome to the forums.

Someone will probably be along shortly to assist you.

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