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September 14, 2011 6:58 AM   Subscribe

Can I revert the behaviour of Common Item Dialogs in Windows 7 to that of Windows XP?

This is a frustrating problem that really only makes things take way more time than they should.

In Windows XP, Common File Dialogs (Open/Save) generally opened to the last selected location of that file type.
Since the Common Item Dialog introduced in Windows Vista, they open to the last selected location in that program. Period.

An example:

I am running some .GS scripts on .XYZ data.
In Windows XP, the dialog opened to select the script would open to the last location I selected a .GS file. When the script needs some data, it opens a dialog for an .XYZ file, which opens to the last location I selected an .XYZ file.

In Windows 7, the dialog opened to select the script would open to the last location I selected a file in this program (probably where my .XYZ files are). When the script needs some data, it opens a dialog for an .XYZ file, but opens to the folder I selected the .GS from.

Running software in compatibility mode for WinXP has varying results. Is there any way to revert this behaviour for good?
posted by t_dubs to Technology (1 answer total)
 
I don't know how to do what you're asking, but it may help to use the "recent places" shortcut. One can load a files from many different directories, then get back to that directory in 3 clicks. Not automatic as is your desired solution, but possibly an improvement.
posted by at at 1:16 PM on September 14, 2011


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