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Default open folder in Streets & Trips?
unbob
Using Streets and Trips 2009 - is there a way to set a default open folder for my S&T files?

Currently, when I click the 'Open' icon, the default folder is 'My Documents'. I want to change that to another folder name.

TIA, Rob
tcassidy
The easiest way is to save your .est file to the folder of your choice. Then go to that folder and drag a shortcut of that file to your desktop. Start S&T from that icon rather than the default one. Then, when you do a Save AS for a new layout, it will go to that folder.

Terry
unbob
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
The easiest way is to save your .est file to the folder of your choice. Then go to that folder and drag a shortcut of that file to your desktop. Start S&T from that icon rather than the default one. Then, when you do a Save AS for a new layout, it will go to that folder.
Terry
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I know about that method. However, what I have is a 'Map Files' folder (which is not a sub-folder of 'My Documents') where I store all S&T map files. I simply want this folder to be the default folder when I click the S&T 'Open' and 'Save' icons. It's really a PITA having to navigate to my map files folder everytime I save a map!

Also, the method you describe is fine for existing map files - but is no help when saving a new map file.
tcassidy
If you start from that folder (create a basic map there) Save As will take you there for new maps.

Terry
unbob
OK, found a solution as described in:

How To Change Windows Default Save As or Open Location

Open and Save still defaults to 'My Documents' folder but I now can click 'Map Files' which I defined in the "Save As Places Bar”. It's not perfect but much better than manually navigating to the desired folder.
tcassidy
Why don't you just create a shortcut to your map folder on your desktop. Then with a click or two, you could open any previous map you like, make the necessary changes, and use Save to put it back where you found it. Or Save As to have a new modified version (again in your map folder).

Terry
tcassidy
Another possibility. Put a shortcut to your map folder in 'My Documents'

Terry
unbob
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
Why don't you just create a shortcut to your map folder on your desktop. Then with a click or two, you could open any previous map you like, make the necessary changes, and use Save to put it back where you found it.
That's exactly what I'm doing.
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
Or Save As to have a new modified version (again in your map folder).
Terry
When clicking 'Save As' to save a new map file, the default is always 'My Documents'. Therefore the "places bar" tweak described in the link I posted earlier is very useful since I can simply click 'Map Files' (on the "places bar") to navigate to the 'Map Files' folder.
tcassidy
That is strange. When I open a file specifically from my map folder, modify it and choose Save As, it goes to my map folder. Although if I choose New then the Save As result will open in 'My Documents'.

Terry
unbob
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
That is strange. When I open a file specifically from my map folder, modify it and choose Save As, it goes to my map folder. Although if I choose New then the Save As result will open in 'My Documents'.
Terry
Yes, that's exactly what happens for me also. Sorry, if I wasn't clear earlier.

In any case, I'm happy with the tweaked Save As "places bar" solution.
tcassidy
Sounds like a Streets & Trips Wish List item to me. Many Microsoft (and other) programs provide an option to specify open and save default locations. Why not S&T and MapPoint.


Terry
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
Sounds like a Streets & Trips wish list item to me. Many Microsoft (and other) programs provide an option to specify open and save default locations. Why not S&T and MapPoint.
Never going to happen. Microsoft is commited to their My Documents strategy. No way in the world they will do anything that makes it easier for people to get around it.

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
I have read literally dozens of user requests for this feature in various forums and newsgroups related to Microsoft Streets and Trips and also Microsoft MapPoint.
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