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Open and Save Dialog Box Customization (Windows 2000/Me/XP)

These settings allow you to remove the places bar, most-recently-used (MRU) list and the back button from the common dialog boxes.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value named according to the table below and set it to "1" to hide the button.

  • NoBackButton - Hides the back button
  • NoFileMRU - Hides the most-recently-used (MRU) list
  • NoPlacesBar - Hides the places bar

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|NoBackButtonREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|NoFileMRUREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|NoPlacesBarREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Value Name: NoFileMRU, NoBackButton, NoPlacesBar
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = display, 1 = remove)

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Last modified: March 20, 2002