The places bar in Adobe CS4 is useless
Wow. Where do I start? I have a love hate relationship with Adobe. Most of the time I REALLY love their products. They are waaaay over priced but that is a rant for another day. Adobe in Cs4 has tried to make a person’s experience on a Mac and a Windows computer the same. Unfortunately when you have a superior operating system like Windows 7 and you are used to the new modern explorer you feel like you’ve just stepped back 10 years and there is nothing you can do about it!
Adobe CS4 on Windows uses a technology that goes back to Windows 2000 called the “Places Bar”. It’s pretty dreadful. You can have up to “5” places on this bar and it doesn’t initially seem like you can even customize it. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like in Windows 7.
Here’s a screenshot of how it looked in Windows 2000
So how do I change the places bar in Cs4 already!
Patience grasshopper! I must first warn you in order to change things you are going to have to open the mystical “Regedit” and play in your registry! Unless you are experienced in adding items to the registry I might suggest that you try this first on another machine first like at work or your mother in-law’s computer. 😉 All my steps are going to be done on a Windows 7 machine. The steps should be identical for Vista. Windows 2000,XP should be similar but in order to open the registry you will have to click on START-RUN and then type “regedit”.
- You must be an administrator on the computer
- Click on the Start ORB
- In the search box type “regedit”. You will most likely get a UAC prompt asking for high elevated rights. Say yes.
- Find this registry key: “
- If there isn’t a “ComDlg32” folder create it now in the policies key folder.
- If there is a ComDlg32 folder drill down into it.
- You will now most likely need to create a “Placebar” folder key.
- You will now need to create up to 5 places by creating the values named “Place0” – “Place4”.
- They will be displayed in the order by name.
- The “Place” values can either be string values (Put in the path of the folder) or “integers”. The integers must match a CSIDL. I will list off a bunch of CSIDL’s at the end of this post.
A List of CSIDLS
CSIDLs are system-independent numeric IDs for special Windows folders that may reside in different locations depending on system or user configuration. Here’s a fairly complete list of valid CSIDL values (an authoritative list can be found on MSDN):
Hexadecimal value – Location
0 – Desktop
1 – Internet Explorer (icon on desktop)
2 – Start Menu | Programs (for current user)
3 – Control Panel
4 – Printers (locally installed)
5 – My Documents (actual directory in old versions)
6 – Favorites
7 – Start Menu | Startup (for current user)
8 – My Recent Documents
9 – Send To
A – Recycle Bin
B – Start Menu (for current user)
C – My Documents
D – My Music
E – My Videos
10 – Desktop (actual directory)
11 – My Computer
12 – Network Neighborhood
13 – My Network Places
14 – Fonts
15 – Templates (for current user)
16 – Start Menu (common)
17 – Start Menu | Programs (common)
18 – Start Menu | Startup (common)
19 – Desktop (common)
1A – Application data
1B – Printers (link objects only)
1C – Application data (nonroaming)
1D – Start Menu | Startup (non-localized, for current user)
1E – Start Menu | Startup (non-localized, common)
1F – Favorites (common)
20 – Temporary Internet Files
21 – Cookies
22 – Internet history
23 – Application Data (common)
24 – Windows directory
25 – Windows system directory
26 – Program Files
27 – My Pictures
28 – User profile directory
2B – Common Files
2D – Templates (common)
2E – Documents (common)
2F – Administrative tools (common)
30 – Administrative tools (for current user)
31 – Network and Dial-up Connections
35 – My Music (common)
36 – My Pictures (common)
37 – My Videos (common)
3B – CD Burning (files waiting to be written to CD)
3D – Computers Near Me
3E – Documents and Settings
I hope this helps!