Windows – Can we disable this Windows 7 save dialog

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I positively detest the "Browse for Folder" save dialog in Windows, where instead of a "Save As" window where you have a number of (quick) ways to get to the folder you want — paramount being the textbox where you can paste a drive/directory location directly — you're forced to manually trawl through your drives' and directory structures with the ever-annoying manual arrow-dropdowns:

Useless Windows save dialog

Why can't we just have the "Save As" dialog for everything?

Is there a way to disable this dialog and force the "normal" save dialog? It seems completely random as to which/when programs use it. I've wondered if perhaps it'd be possible to disable access through Windows' API calls.

Best Answer

  • This folder tree thingy is the legacy dialog, whereas the new “Save as”-styled folder browser dialog has been available since Windows Vista.

    Unfortunately, like Mario said, it’s up to the program when to show which dialog. Because their API is different, you cannot simply “flip the switch” and get the newer dialog.