In Windows 7, browsing for files from within a program can be a bit confusing. Why? Because for some reason, there are two separate menus for exactly that function, and they behave differently.
The first sort of menu looks more or less like Explorer.exe. The second menu is a holdover from pre-Windows 7 days—it’s the plain-old Open menu, with a small browser and a wimpy selection of predefined, uncustomizable shortcut icons on the left.
Fortunately, you actually can customize the second type of file browser—it just takes some work. There’s a way to do it in the system registry, but it’s complicated and not necessary. Instead we’ll use a free app called PlacesBar Editor.
Few things in this world can divide opinions like the way Microsoft’s ribbon interface does. First seen in Office 2007, ribbon menus are now ready to take over more screen real estate. As you might already know, Windows 8 will feature a system-wide implementation of the ribbon interface. The Windows engineering team on Monday posted a few screenshots of the all new Windows Explorer in all its “ribbonized” glory on the Building Windows 8 blog. Hit the jump to see the old workhorse caparisoned in, well, ribbons.