In Windows Vista, folders and the open / save as dialogs contain the Favorite Links section in the left pane. The Favorite links in section makes it easy to change to a common folder or start a search that you previously saved. This is similar to the Places bar feature in pre-Vista systems. This article tells how to hide the Favorite links folder in Explorer, and in the Open/Save as dialog boxes.
Hiding the Favorite Links Area in Windows Vista
To hide the Favorite links, hover the mouse pointer to the top border of the Folders pane. When the resize cursor (double-headed arrows) appears, drag the handle higher and cover the Favorite links area. Note the resize cursor in fig 1 below.
The Favorite links area is now hidden. Use the same procedure for Open and Save As dialog boxes.
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